Mayweather confirms fight with Pacman

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DREAM FIGHT. The much-awaited battle featuring the world’s best pound-for-pound boxing champions Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. appears to be a certainty this year. The fight could take place sometime in May and would likely generate one of the biggest purses and television audiences in boxing history. AFP

LOS ANGELES—Floyd Mayweather Jr. has spoken to Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao by telephone to discuss a possible megafight next May, advisers to each fighter confirmed to several media outlets on Thursday.

Mayweather adviser Leonard Ellerbe confirmed the call to ESPN while Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum did the same to BoxingScene.com and Pacquiao himself talked with ABS-CBN in the Philippines about the short conversation.

The Philippine report quoted Pacquiao as saying there would be no problem if Mayweather would agree to a 50-50 split of income from what is expected to be the richest fight in boxing history—as much as $100 million—if it ever comes off.

Unbeaten US star Mayweather and Pacquiao, regarded as the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters, nearly made a deal for a fight once before but the American’s insistence on unique antidoping blood tests helped kill the talks.

This time, Mayweather has a May 5 date booked at a Las Vegas arena while Pacquiao’s promoter wants a late May date to assemble a huge outdoor arena so tickets can be sold to boost profits by as much as $50 million.

“Floyd wants to fight Manny Pacquiao on May 5 and he went as far as to reach out to Manny Pacquiao personally,” Ellerbe said.

‘Step Up, Punk’

Ellerbe told ESPN that Mayweather called from Las Vegas to the Philippines after earlier this month calling out southpaw Pacquiao on Twitter, making taunts, “Step Up, Punk,” to the world welterweight champion.

“I can’t say what exactly was said but I know,” Ellerbe told ESPN. “Floyd has shown more than a willingness to get this fight done and this is really, really what he wants to do and what he wants to give to the fight fans.”

Mayweather has spoken with Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz several times in recent weeks, according to all reports.

Outdoor arena

Pacquiao, 54-3 with two draws and 32 knockouts, has won his past 15 fights over a span of nearly seven years while Mayweather, 42-0 with 26 knockouts, must serve a 90-day jail sentence starting June 1 after a domestic violence conviction.

Arum said that the issue of who Pacquiao would next fight would be resolved this coming week.

Arum, who is chair of Top Rank promotions, presented four other possible foes for “Pacman” as next opponents, including Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto, Americans Lamont Peterson and Tim Bradley and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez.

Arum earlier said a fight with Mayweather at the end of May or even early June would give the Filipino champion time to heal from a 29-stitch cut he suffered in his fight with Marquez last November.

That would also give time for a 45,000-seat outdoor arena to be built—more than twice the capacity of the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where Pacquiao has fought before. MGM Grand can hold some 17,000 people. With reports from AFP, ESPN, USA Today

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ESPSLPH7VXAKKKJKB274CZOX2E Raphael

    PLDT budget call kaya ginamit sa pantawag k pacman?bka naman viber?ahihihihih

  • Russell Ariola

    Kuuh! Atat lang tong wifebeater na itim na to na magkarun ng laban kasi ala na syang pera.

    Matagal na syang palamunin ng kanyang swethart boyfrend na si Fiftycent!

  • lucas breadfinger

    what a bullsh!t article…

  • Anonymous

    the phone talk confirmed nothing..this is crap

  • Anonymous

    This is a bull crap article! 

  • Anonymous

    Mayweather confirms fight with Pacquiao, what a crap. All is bullshit. If the Mayweather camp is serous he should go to Pacquiao camp with the contract fight. That’s all is needed, a contract to fight on the date stipulated by Pacman camp! Abangan…Wala pa , malayo pang mangyari sa Dec na lang  

  • Anonymous

    Floyd, you confirmed nothing !! You are thinking perhaps that just because a pronouncement came from your big mouth, everything is official ? Who do you think you are ?

    Fall in line like everybody else and wait your turn,….ASSHOLE !!

  • Anonymous

    After two years of dodging ang hiding, Floyd Gayweather has now finally decided to fight Pacman. After seeing Marquez-Pacquiao III which was not a very convincing win for Pacman, now he thinks that Pacman is not what he used to be, that he has slowed down, that he is now beatable and now he thinks he can beat Pacman. For sure, he wanted his unbeaten record to remain, even at the point of treacherously knocking out an opponent who is not looking. He is also in a hurry before he gets his appointed jail time.

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