A massive unification mega-fight between the two biggest icons in the world is solely down to the fighters themselves reaching an agreement for what will be an ‘epic’ clash, according to WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman.
Sulaiman has been highly accommodating to Floyd Mayweather Jr, who rules with the World Boxing Council in separate weight divisions at 147 and 154, as the pound for pound king entered negotiations to set-up a grudge match with Manny Pacquiao.
All mandatory obligations to Mayweather have been put on hold in a bid to seal a huge pay-per-view offering against the Filipino, possible on May 2 in Las Vegas, and Sulaiman has joined the rest of the boxing world in crossing his fingers in the hope that a deal is imminent.
“This fight is epic. There is world interest like few ever in history, but there are also way too many rumors and speculations,” Sulaiman exclusively told World Boxing News on Thursday.
“Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao all depends on them wanting to do the fight as the WBC has done its part by not putting any obstacles in the way.
“Floyd is the unprecedented welter and super welterweight champion and we have not imposed any mandatory commitments in order to allow the Pacquiao fight to happen.
“There are so many great fights which can happen in 2015, but everyone wants to see this one,” he added.
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Pacquiao’s team had signed off on all Mayweather’s demands for the fight, which was quickly followed by further speculation that Mayweather is on the verge of doing likewise.
If all is to be believed an official announcement could well happen by the end of next week for what would be the biggest fight since Lennox Lewis beat Mike Tyson 13 years ago in Memphis. Mayweather stands to make in the region of $150m for his part in the contest, with WBO title holder Pacquiao in line for a $100m payday.