Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. both know that the general public wants nothing more than to see them fight. The fact that we’ve come so close to getting this showdown put together on numerous occasions makes it even more unbearable that nothing ever ultimately came from any of those negotiations.
Really, the specifics don’t even matter anymore. Nobody cares or wants to hear about the performance-enhancing drug (PED) concerns or the purse split – all that stuff is irrelevant. So long as the bout gets agreed upon, all those distractions will undoubtedly get resolved at some point in time.
The problem with negotiations up to this point is that there have been no impartial mediators involved. Everyone who has taken part in talks has a vested interest in either Pacquiao or Mayweather one-upping the other. Perhaps if a figure that everyone respected got in the middle of this mess and came up with a general deal that everyone could get on board with, we’d finally end the stalemate that’s been three years in the making.
Who could that impartial, brilliant, prodigious mediator be? Jimmy Kimmel, of course. Recently, while promoting his upcoming June 9 showdown versus Timothy Bradley, Pacquiao appeared on Kimmel’s show and, as you would expect, talk quickly turned to a Dream Match versus Mayweather.
“What if I tell you that if I can get you and Floyd in a room on television, you could each have one representative, I could make this happen. I really feel like I could be the mediator. Would you agree to something like that?” Kimmel asked the Filipino boxer.
When Pacquiao said yes, Kimmel immediately invited Mayweather to visit the studio for a meeting with the Philippines' fighting congressman.
“Floyd you heard it, I invite you… we will hatch out an agreement and get this fight,” said the popular TV host.
And just like that, another problem is solved.
The funniest thing from the interview above was that Kimmel seemed to have trouble recalling Bradley’s name. Literally, he called him “that guy” on way too many occasions to count. The fact that the most interesting segments of the whole show were dedicated to Pacquiao’s gay marriage gaffe and a potential fight versus Mayweather speaks volumes.
Good luck with this pay-per-view, Bob Arum.