After Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao met at a Miami Heat game last month, just about everybody thought that it was a sure sign that they would be announcing a fight soon. Two weeks later and there still haven’t been any announcements, Super Bowl commercials, or anything to signify that the fight is any closer than it was before that chance meeting.
But now we know that the two fighters have at least talked since then, several times apparently, and last night Floyd used his Instagram to give the world an update about the ongoing negotiations.
The champ posted a video of a second private meeting between the two fighters and it’s one of the surest signs that this might actually happen:
The video catches Floyd admitting that he and Manny have to fight before they retire.
“I congratulate him on his career. He had a wonderful career and I had a wonderful career but before we leave this sport, of course, we have to make this fight happen.”
A showdown feels closer than ever and the two fighters clearly want it to happen now. Rumors are swirling that either Bob Arum, Showtime, or both are holding the fight up at this point, but it does appear that both sides are doing everything they can to work through those issues.
Any announcement would need to be soon for the bout to land on the desired May 2nd date. The typical training camp for a fight is around eight weeks and, for a match of this magnitude, both fighters may want more time to prepare. Then, there’s the issue of an undercard that would need to be situated, as well as a venue, promotion, and all the other logistics in putting together an event this massive. The clock is ticking but at least there’s been some progress.