Floyd Mayweather, shown at a Cavs-Lakers game on Jan. 15, was at the Bucks-Heat contest, as was rival fighter Manny Pacquiao. (Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports)

The saga of the long-awaited Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight took yet another turn, one that appears to be very promising for those hoping to see the two boxing icons finally square off in the ring.

The venue wasn’t a boxing ring on Tuesday, but Miami’s American Airlines Arena, as both fighters took in the Bucks-Heat game. Mayweather has been a regular for years at Heat games, and Pacquiao is friendly with the the team’s Filipino-American coach, Erik Spoelstra.

Apparently, Pacquiao was supposed to have left Miami earlier after being a judge in the Miss Universe pageant, but his flight plans changed because of havoc wreaked by the wintry weather further north. In any event, the fighters were seated on the opposite sides of the court during the first half, but that didn’t deter Miami from trying to pair them up:

According to Timmy Reynolds of the Associated Press, after the first half, the two boxers went toe-to-toe and traded … digits. Hey, it’s a start!

“Mayweather went over to Pacquiao at halftime, the men shook hands and chatted briefly, then exchanged phone numbers.

Asked to clarify if the exchange meant the two fighters would negotiate directly about meeting in the ring, Pacquiao said that was the case.”

For some time now, Pacquiao has made it beyond clear that he wants the fight, which would be expected to break pay-per-view records, but Mayweather has been much more coy about his willingness to make it happen. Thus tonight’s unprecedented face-to-face contact, especially given that it was initiated by Mayweather, can only be seen as a good sign.

Now it’s just a question of whether “Money” will actually take Pacquiao’s calls.