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Manny Pacquiao extends deal with Arum

For anyone who isn’t convinced Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will fight, it’s time to reconsider those feelings.

While no deal is eminent, Pacquiao recently signed a contract extension with Top Rank, the promotional giant’s boss Bob Arum told Newsday on Wednesday.

Arum said Pacquiao initially told him he wanted to retire after 2012. But during a stay in the Philippines, the Filipino congressman told Arum he wanted to extend his career and agreed to an extension.

"He was going to retire at the end of 2012," Arum said. "When I was in the Phillipines for his birthday he said 'Bob I want to fight in 2013. So without asking for any more money or anything he signed an extension of his contract for another year, through 2013."

This doesn’t guarantee the two are destined to fight, but it does leave the door open for the super bout if Mayweather gets through his myriad of legal problems.

WIll there be a void in Pacquiao's career if he doesn't fight Mayweather? 

"I think it would be a void for all boxing fans," Arum said. "Sure there's a void. No question about that."

Pacquiao is set to fight Shane Mosley on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

With 2013 now in play for Pacquiao, barring Mayweather spending any time in jail, most boxing insiders believe a fight between the two is a virtual certainty. 

New York Sports