Boxing fans, you might want to sit down for this. After almost a ten years of speculation and the pervading sense that fighter-of-the-decade Manny Pacquiao will never face undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr., a ray of hope beams through the boxing clouds, suggesting that 2015 will be the greatest year in recent boxing history. (Or this is all complete bullshit, who knows.) Here’s what fight promoter Bob Arum told the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday:
[SF Gate] Boxing promoter Bob Arum told The San Francisco Chronicle Thursday that he is “very optimistic” that a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will happen in the first six months of 2015. He said the respective fighters’ television networks — HBO for Pacquiao and Showtime/CBS for Mayweather — have met and discussed the super fight.
“Both networks want this fight to happen,” Arum said. “All signs seem to point to the fight happening early next year.”
And all this time we were preparing for another mildly interesting Canelo Álvarez/Miguel Cotto combination. Ha!
Mayweather is scheduled to fight Marcos Maidana in a rematch after Mayweather was given the decision back on May 3. This puts added pressure on Mayweather to win, seeing as any fight with Pacquiao will be billed as the last chance anyone will have to beat him before he retires.
Mayweather is contractually obligated to fight twice after this final bout in November, and according to Arum, both fights could be against Manny Pacquiao.
“There is a sell-by date, where it becomes (after that) ‘Who cares?’ It has to happen by the first six months of next year,” Arum said. “And if it happens, there should be a provision with a different percentage for the rematch. So that the winner is rewarded for winning the fight.
“I would love to see these guys fight twice next year.”
Ya, you and just about everyone else on the planet.