Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao had a private rendezvous this week to talk shop about their long-awaited possible fight potentially scheduled for May 2, ESPN reported Wednesday. The meeting reportedly occurred after the two boxers met publicly at a Miami Heat game on Tuesday night.
“(The meeting) was very pleasant and very encouraging, and we give Floyd credit for coming over,” Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz told ESPN, noting the meeting went down in Pacquiao’s Miami hotel room. Konca continued:
“That’s the first time they ever sat eye to eye. I’ve met Floyd many times, but he and Manny had never had a chance to meet. They talked at halftime, but this was a longer, more serious meeting. You could tell by their body language that this was very positive. It was for a good hour or more. … It was a business meeting, but it wasn’t a tense business meeting. I think that’s because they both have mutual respect for each other. We’ll determine what will happen over the next couple of days.”
Pacquiao’s camp has given Mayweather’s “Money Team” until the end of the January to agree to terms for the proposed May 2 fight. But after suggesting the idea last year, Mayweather has refused to agree to anything, while Pacquiao has prodded his rival on social media.
Last Saturday, Pacquiao even revealed he was making alternate plans to fight another boxer in May in case Mayweather still refuses to sign on to the bout. One such suggestion was for Pacquiao to meet Amir Khan in London on May 30. That back-up plan, however, may no longer be needed, according to Koncz, who said broadcasting issues pertaining to Time Warner/HBO and CBS/Showtime composed the major quibble. Pacquiao is under contract with the former, while Mayweather is with the latter.
“I told Floyd I would call [Pacquiao promoter] Bob [Arum of Top Rank] in the morning, and I did that and discussed them with Bob, and he assured us they have been worked out. I took care of it,” Koncz said. “I said to Floyd, and Manny agreed, that if those are the only two broadcasting issues, we would take care of them.”
Koncz continued: “Floyd said, ‘I want the fight to happen,’ and Manny said he does, too. If the fighters both want the fight to happen, who can stop it? They both said they want it to happen, and we’re still looking to make it happen on May 2.”
If the fight does happen, it has the potential to be the highest grossing boxing match of all time.