Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are reportedly close to finalizing a deal that would put together one of the most desperately sought out boxing matches in recent history.
For two years now, both fighters have tantalized fans with the prospect of a potential megafight. There have been a number of near-agreements along the way, which both sides have admitted to. However, seemingly every single time, something would impede progress. Either Mayweather would make a ridiculous performance-enhancing drug (PED) demand or Pacquiao’s representative at the meetings, Bob Arum, would find a way to muck things up.
Sometimes it would be issues outside both men’s control, like various legal battles facing both superstars that would distract them from doing what needs to be done.
Not more of that though, it appears. According to the Philippine Star, Pacquiao has come out and publicly stated that a deal with Mayweather is “80 to 90 percent sure to take place on May 5 next year and only a few more details are being ironed out before contracts are finalized.” The statements, reportedly, were made during a dinner that he hosted for Filipino print journalists at the Harbour View Restaurant, Luneta.
While the Pacquiao reportedly played coy as it relates to purse size and when the fight would officially be agreed to, reporters came out of the face-to-face with the champ feeling very good about where these negotiations are going.
Again, we can’t stress this point enough here at Opposing Views – don’t underestimate the knack Pacquiao and Mayweather have for botching these negotiations. There is a reason this fight hasn’t gotten put together for years despite the constant jibber-jabber from both directions. Yes, things are looking good, but it’s not a done deal until it’s a done deal.