Eight-weight champion Manny Pacquiao has stated that a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr could be signed and sealed in the next couple of weeks after a period of hush-hush negotiations between both sides.
Having already agreed a venue, drug-testing policy and a money split between Mayweather and Pacquiao for the huge pay-per-view clash, it is only the date of the contest, along with some finer details, that are yet to be formally agreed.
“We will make an announcement before the end of the month. I think it will happen,” Pacquiao told the Manila Standard on Monday.
The recently-turned 36 year-old has long pined for the chance to meet Mayweather in the ring to once and for all determine the best fighter of this generation as the fans gear-up to celebrate a conclusion to the long drawn-out process. Mayweather v Pacquiao has been some seven years in the making since the two talented boxers were initially competing around the same division, although two previous attempts to get the contest done failed without even getting this far.
Expectations are high that the fighters will use common sense and be flexible with their demands in order to complete the formalities as the sport holds its breath for what would be the most lucrative fight of all time in May or June of this year.