Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is hoping to finally secure a mega-fight between his star boxer Manny Pacquiao and pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather for May 2015.
Arum was in San Francisco to talk-up Pacquiao’s November bout against Chris Algieri in Macau, China and once again stated that a fight with Mayweather is the main priority for the Filipino’s next outing.
The two welterweight champions have been linked to a battle for years, with most believing that Mayweather and Pacquiao should have fought at the height of their powers in 2010, and Arum has warned that the fight is edging towards it’s now or never point.
“There is a sell-by date, where it becomes, ‘Who cares?’ It has to happen by the first six months of next year,” Arum told the San Francisco Chronicle. “And if it happens, there should be a provision with a different percentage for the rematch. So that the winner is rewarded for winning the fight.
“I would love to see these guys fight twice next year,” he added.
Pacquiao is currently 35 years-old and Mayweather 37, meaning the encounter is at a critical stage to finally put the talking to bed and see some action between the pair.
Arum will be a focal point in negotiations and will surely have to bend somewhat to accommodate Mayweather’s demands, but has made it public that Paquiao is ‘one hundred percent on board’ when it comes to securing a deal.
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