Every year, talk of a possible bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao comes up. The two sides have tried and failed on at least two different occasions to strike a deal.
After three years of failed talks, there could finally be a light at the end of the tunnel.
Top Rank boss Bob Arum said he spoke with Pacquiao (54-4-2) about a potential bout against Mayweather (43-0) next spring and is “optimistic” about holding the mega-fight in April, according to Boxingscene.com.
What brought about the change?
Mayweather’s change in promoters could be at the root of this. Mayweather, who scored a unanimous-decision win over Miguel Cotto in May, worked with Golden Boy Promotions in his most recent fights.
Oscar de la Hoya’s company has been at odds with Top Rank for several years. The frosty relationship between the two promotional giants has caused a rift between Pacquiao and Mayweather, which has prevented the two from stepping into the ring together.
Mayweather recently joined forces with Curtis Jackson (50 Cent) to form TMT (The Money Team) Promotions.
"They're forming a joint venture and this is great for boxing," Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, told ESPN.com last month. "You got two young men who are in their prime and they both have great vision."
Arum talked glowingly of Mayweather’s new promotional partner, 50 Cent. “He appears to me to be a real businessman with no agenda like some of the other guys so I think we can get a deal done,” Arum told Boxingscene.com.
Before anything is etched in stone there is still the matter of a possible Pacquiao-Tim Bradley rematch. Pacquiao lost a controversial decision to Bradley in June. There was a rematch clause written into the contract if Pacquiao lost.
A rematch scheduled for November had been speculated, but that would almost certainly push back a Pacquiao-Mayweather bout.
Arum wants to avoid March, because of the NCAA Tournament and May due to Pacquiao’s intention to run for Governor of the Sarangani Province in the Philippines.
Pacquiao typically fights twice a year and usually does so six to eight months apart.