It’s hard to believe that when Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao met face-to-face on Tuesday night it was the first time the two had engaged in person.
As impromptu as it was, that’s exactly what happened as the pound for pound stars chatted openly at the half-time point in the Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks NBA game.
Mayweather, 38, appeared to be laying down some ground rules to Pacquiao about how negotiations were going as the Filipino and his advisor Michael Koncz listened intently. ‘Money’ could well have been upset about the way he is being portrayed on social media regarding a May 2 super-fight – with Pacquiao staying calm as Mayweather put his point across.
In the end it was all good as the pair hugged it out and seemed to exchange phone numbers which can only be positive for the fans. At this point, everybody wants to see an agreement for Mayweather to face Pacquiao in a $250m Las Vegas bout and the boxing world will be much more at ease following the exchange of words.
Rumours had been suggesting that Miguel Cotto is real consideration for Mayweather’s 48th pro contest – something which saw Pacquiao line-up Amir Khan as his back-up. Hopefully things won’t come to that and we should hear a final decision by the end of next week despite Pacquiao’s January deadline.
In the game itself, Miami lost 109-102 to the Bucks, although Mayweather and Pacquiao completely stole the limelight.
Afterwards, Mayweather paid a visit to Pacquiao’s hotel and discussed the fight further with the WBO title holder and his wife Jinky leading to even more anticipation that the fight could happen