Manny Pacquiao/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.
Floyd Mayweather Jr./:Photo courtesy of Mayweather Promotions
OK, so we’ve heard that Manny Pacquiao has agreed to terms for a long-awaited fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. that would presumably take place May 2 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and most likely be available on both HBO and Showtime pay-per-view arms.
Mayweather, of course, has not yet done likewise, however, and time will tell if he does. But, really, how can he not? It appears Pacquiao has agreed to drug-testing that would please Mayweather, and let’s face it, it’s now or never.
With Mayweather only six weeks from his 38th birthday and Pacquiao 36, this is the last chance for this fight to mean anything. Another year, and it won’t, and you’ll find plenty of people out there who already believe the ship has sailed on this matchup.
That said, it will break all pay-per-view records right now.
The guess here is that Mayweather is going to wait as long as he can before making the fight official because he likes to bust chops.
It was interesting that after covering the Lakers-Miami Heat game Tuesday at Staples Center, talked to Kobe Bryant, who is a big boxing fan. He discussed the fight and then intimated that he knows it’s going to happen. He wouldn’t elaborate. He does know Pacquiao because he goes to Wild Card gym in Hollywood to watch Pacquiao train, so maybe he’s got some inside scoop that an announcement is imminent.
Anyway, Mayweather has no reason to turn down this fight. He can continue to negotiate the money, but he’s gotta make the fight, It would be a shame for Mayweather to fight two other guys to finish his career, not fight Pacquiao, and then have his legacy tarnished because of it. Mayweather has had too fine a career to let that happen.
Make the fight, Floyd. It’s all on you.