The two superstar fighters of this generation could be finally set to meet in the ring after seven long years of frustration.
WBC and WBA two-weight world champion and pound for pound king Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr and arch-rival Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao, who is the WBO welterweight title holder, are just a thumbs up away from sealing their destiny.
According to Pacquiao’s promoters Top Rank, the Filipino Congressman has agreed to all Mayweather’s demands and is fully on board with the purse split of 60-40, the venue of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and drug testing as stipulated by the American.
The only obstacle that seemingly stands in the way of a ground-breaking half a billion dollar deal between the world number one and two is the okay from Mayweather to make the contest official. This announcement could come as early as the end of next week, all being considered, as Mayweather pushes for his original spring date of May 2nd.
If rubberstamped by the end of the month, Mayweather and Pacquiao are set to pick the bones over a potential $250m purse from the Las Vegas gate, pay-per-view and worldwide TV rights, which could be further bloated with extras from merchandising and doubled with the possibility of a rematch later this year.
Fans and media alike have been highly frustrated at past negotiations falling through between the pair, and at almost 38 and 36 respectively, this is sure to be the final chance to get Mayweather and Pacquiao trading punches in a bid to put a final seal on their own legacy.
The power as usual lies with Mayweather, who truth be told wouldn’t have it any other way, as the world awaits word from the outspoken champion on whether or not he is willing to sign his portion of the deal and spark elation throughout the boxing world.