More and more it feels like this time Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will finally come to terms for their highly anticipated mega fight.
ESPN is reporting that after their chance meeting and brief conversation during halftime of the Miami Heat game Tuesday night, that the two boxers met privately for over an hour to continue negotiating terms for their proposed May 2 fight.
Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz, told ESPN on Wednesday that the two best boxers of this generation met inside Pacman's hotel suite Tuesday night and he described the meeting as "very pleasant and very encouraging" and that "we give Floyd credit for coming over."
"That's the first time they ever sat eye to eye," Koncz said. "I've met Floyd many times, but he and Manny had never had a chance to meet. They talked at halftime, but this was a longer, more serious meeting. You could tell by their body language that this was very positive. It was for a good hour or more. It was a business meeting, but it wasn't a tense business meeting. I think that's because they both have mutual respect for each other. We'll determine what will happen over the next couple of days."
One of the obstacles in making the highly anticipated prize fight happen is getting CBS/Showtime, which has Mayweather signed under contract, to agree to terms with Time Warner/HBO, which Pacquiao is signed to, for a joint pay-per-view telecast.
But even talks about that between the boxers resulted in a positive ending.
"I told Floyd I would call [Pacquiao promoter] Bob [Arum] in the morning, and I did that and discussed them with Bob, and he assured us they have been worked out. I took care of it," Koncz added. "I said to Floyd, and Manny agreed, that if those are the only two broadcasting issues, we would take care of them."
More than ever it seems like boxing fans may finally get the match they've been yearning for. Still undefeated, Mayweather (47-0, 26 knockouts) and Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) have seemingly never gotten this close to making their fight happen.
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