The Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight appears to be back on track after the boxers met in person for the first time ever, hashing out the differences that appeared at one point to sink chances for the mega fight.
In recent weeks, both fighters had committed to an early May matchup, but as the negotiations started, the two camps grew further and further apart. It had started to look like the fight would be derailed entirely, but a chance meeting this week between Mayweather and Pacquiao seems to have put it back on track.
Pacquiao was in Miami this week and, after the blizzard in the northeast canceled his flight out, he decided to attend the Miami Heat game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Floyd Mayweather, Jr., also happened to be courtside, and the two met at the Trump National Doral hotel later that night to work out some details for the fight.
Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz said the meeting was very productive, giving new hope for the Floyd Mayweather, Jr., vs. Manny Pacquiao fight. Koncz said the two were able to address Mayweather’s issues about the fight’s broadcast by calling Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum and HBO CEO Richard Plepler.
“We talked to Bob and Richard and got that handled pretty quickly,” Koncz said.
Koncz said optimism is now high, just one week after Pacquiao appeared to be making backup plans for the fight that appeared to be falling through. Pacquiao had traveled to England for a meeting with Price Harry, and while there met with boxer Amir Khan to see if he was interested in a fight if the one against Mayweather couldn’t come together.
There are now many other factors pointing toward the Floyd Mayweather, Jr., vs. Manny Pacquiao fight. Insiders say the fight could generate $300 million or more, a number too good to pass up for all involved.
Koncz said everyone now appears to be moving in the same direction.
“Nobody can stop this,” he said.
“I can’t stop it. Bob can’t stop it. HBO can’t stop it. Showtime can’t. [Mayweather adviser] Al [Haymon] can’t. The only ones who can stop it are Floyd and Manny, and right now, they’re both saying they want the fight.”
But if the Floyd Mayweather, Jr., vs. Manny Pacquiao fight were to come together, it may need to happen soon. Pacquiao had said previously that he would look into other options if the fight wasn’t booked by the end of January.