Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. could finally be meeting in the ring in 2015, and Bill Clinton may be the man to finally make it happen.
The two fighters have found a way to dodge each other for years, but after Pacquiao’s recent domination of Chris Algieri, it appears that there is no one left for the welterweight title holder to fight.
Now there has been increasing talk from both fighters’ camps that the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout is inevitable. Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, had been in meetings with CBS chief Les Moonves about how the fight would be arranged — Pacquaio fights for HBO, while Mayweather’s bouts are carried by Showtime, whose parent company is CBS.
“It was a very good meeting,” said Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer. “What they said in that meeting, if they can do it, the fight will happen. Very soon. I think next. Moonves and Bob walked out to Moonves’ car with their arms around each other. The right people are talking about it. I think that makes it a bigger possibility.”
“I think it’s going to happen for the first time in a long time,” Roach added.
Now it appears that Pacquiao’s camp may be calling in some big guns to push the negotiations through. Roach suggested that both sides hire an outside negotiator to make sure the fight comes to fruition.
His suggestion — former President Bill Clinton.
Though they may be careful about negotiations now, in the past few months, Pacquiao’s camp has been more than a bit antagonistic in calling out Mayweather for ducking their fighter.
“We’d love to fight Mayweather but there have been so many excuses. He really doesn’t seem to want to fight us, but we want that fight. I think my guy beats him,” Roach told the Daily Telegraph earlier this year.
Arum was also quite direct in calling out Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“We want it,” he roared. “But first Floyd has to sign the fri**ing contract. We can’t do the fight until he agrees.”
But insiders believe it is still likely several months at least before Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. could meet in the ring.