The 35 year-old has stated on many occasions that a fight with Mayweather is on his agenda, although the American has vowed to rebuff any advances from Pacquiao whilst he has ties to ex-promoter Bob Arum.
Pacquiao has now hinted that he may be willing see out the rest of his deal with long-time handler Arum in order to be in a position to discuss a big-money pay-per-view clash with Mayweather sometime in 2015.
“Floyd has also been saying, he will only fight me if I separate from Top Rank and Bob Arum, So how? That’s impossible because my contract is still valid this year,” Pacquiao told Philboxing’s Eddie Alinea.
“That means, if I don’t renew my contract, we can talk next year. Floyd himself has been telling the whole world this and that’s okay with me,” he added.
Mayweather, 36, is set to underline his fight with Amir Khan in the next two weeks, whilst Pacquiao could name his foe as early as this weekend, according to reports coming out of his home country.
Even if both fighters nail down their next fights in January though, it may not be enough to stop the whirlwind of publicity surrounding a potential encounter, with Pacquiao taking another step to making the event a reality at some point in the future.
Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay for tweets of upcoming news on WBN