Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao may finally be meeting in the ring.
The two fighters have come close to arranging a bout in the past, but could never hammer out details of drug testing and other stipulations to make the fight a reality. But with Pacquiao now coming off a resounding comeback win against Brandon Rios, talk is heating up that he and Floyd Mayweather may finally meet.
After Pacquiao’s win versus Rios, his promoter Bob Arum started up the talk of a bout.
“On our side the answer is yes [the fight can be made in 2014], we’re very open to it,” Arum told the media. “There are ways it can get done, they have to dumb down the rhetoric, we are prepared to dumb down the rhetoric and get it done. There is no real impediment to having that fight happen whether it will or not depends completely on the Mayweather side. I can see it happening but I can’t predict that it will happen because it takes two to tango.”
Yahoo! Sports writer Paul Magno thinks there may be a bit of self-promotion involved in the talk.
“Ever since effectively killing the mega-bout with a refusal to undergo random blood testing in early 2010, Team Pacquiao has not shied away from using Mayweather to help promote their own guy, perpetually dangling the carrot in front of eager fight fans and giving false hope to something that will never be,” Magno wrote, adding that Arum knows there is not fight in the works.
Manny Pacquiao wasn’t saying much about a possible bout with Mayweather after his win against Rios.
“My job is to fight, and I’ll fight anybody who will fight me,” Pacquiao said.
When asked if he thinks the fight with Floyd Mayweather would happen, Manny Pacquiao invited reporters to ask Floyd himself.