Both Pacquiao and Mayweather were at courtside when the Miami Heat hosted the Milwaukee Bucks at the American Airlines Arena.
The fighters, who are in the midst of negotiations for a May 2 super fight, were introduced on the arena’s big screen, and the video board even read “Coming in 2015?” when they were shown, according to South Florida Sun Sentinel writer Ira Winderman.
At halftime, Mayweather approached Pacquiao and the two briefly spoke and shook hands. The “Pacman” later revealed that they exchanged numbers.
“He gave me his number to me and said we will communicate with each other,” said Pacquiao, as quoted by Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.
Read more in ABS-CBN
So according to my sources there are contracts being worked out for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Manny Pacquiao bout. The fight is to be announced this month as a “Christmas gift” to boxing fans.
It all has been carefully planned this way giving them the months needed to promote a fight of this size. This source knew about the rematch clauses Floyd was asking for about 2 months before it being news. They also seemed very relax and confident about everything I’m going to let you know in this article.
So I’m choosing to trust and believe the source and will report to you what I’ve been told.
Read more in BoxingNews24
Freddie Roach sat down on the ring apron inside the downstairs portion of his Wild Card boxing gym in Hollywood. It was Wednesday, just a couple of days after he had arrived back from China.
There, in Macau, the Hall of Fame trainer guided Manny Pacquiao to a thorough domination of Chris Algieri, Pacquiao defending his welterweight title by very wide decision.
Roach was in a real good mood because he’s never been more sure that Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. is going to happen. A meeting between Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum and Les Moonves — CEO of CBS — about four months ago at one of Arum’s homes is the biggest reason why Roach believes it will finally come to fruition.
Pacquiao fights for HBO, Mayweather for Showtime, whose parent company is CBS. Enter Moonves, who, Roach said, really didn’t want to speak with Arum because he apparently believes Arum reneged on a verbal deal a few years ago where Arum promised him that Pacquiao would fight on Showtime more than just the one time in 2011 before going back to HBO.
Read more in PressTelegram
You can’t knock Manny Pacquiao for a lack of trying.
If the biggest fight in boxing between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t happen in June 2015, it will be the fault of Money May for refusing to act. Pacquiao has ditched his apathetic approach to the dream fight for an aggressive one, leaving no doubt that it’s now or never.
“I think it’s time to say something,” Pacquiao said after Saturday’s defeat of Chris Algieri in Macau, China. “The fans deserve that fight. It’s time to make that fight happen.”
Pacquiao is about to turn 36; Mayweather is 37. The window of opportunity is closing quickly, and after three straight wins, Pac-Man has finally garnered enough momentum to convince the public he’s worthy of the shot.
Read more in BleacherReport
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Manny Pacquiao says he’s ready to fight Floyd Mayweather.
Asked about the possibility of the oft-hyped megafight at a promotional trip in Hong Kong, Pacquiao said he hopes his and Mayweather’s sides can come to an agreement in 2015.
“Hopefully that fight will happen by next year,” Pacquiao said, per The Telegraph. “I’m crossing my fingers that that fight will happen but right now my mind is already set to focus on my next fight with Algieri. I think the time to talk about that issue is after the fight.”
Read more in BleacherReport
Although Floyd Mayweather Jr. has yet to announce his plans for 2015, his father has no doubt that a fight against Manny Pacquiao will happen.
“It’s gonna happen. That fight’s gonna happen. Trust me,” Floyd Mayweather Sr. told fighthype.com. “That fight’s definitely gonna happen. It’s a fight for the world, man, right there. It’s the biggest fight that has ever been in life, so like I said, man, that fight’s gonna happen.”
Mayweather Sr. said his son never told him that the fight was in his plans, but with his son saying that he will retire after finishing the two fights left on his six-fight Showtime deal, he believes all signs point to the megafight with Pacquiao.
Read more in ESPN
It was the press release heard ’round the world.
At precisely 1:20 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the media relations types at Top Rank Inc. hit “send” on their collective devices and informed Bleacher Report and the boxing-consuming public that their company’s crown jewel, Filipino title-belt collector Manny Pacquiao, had extended his promotional deal through the end of 2016.
“We are pleased that, together with our partners at HBO, we will continue presenting to the public fights of the great Manny Pacquiao,” the release read, quoting 82-year-old founder/czar Bob Arum.
“The partnership among Manny, Top Rank, MP Promotions and HBO has been a wonderful one for all parties and for the public, and it’s great that is will continue for the years to come.”
Read more in BleacherReport
Manny Pacquiao is coming off a career-saving victory against Timothy Bradley, but the aging fighter will never truly capitalize on his immense popularity until he steps into the ring against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Pac-Man proved that he is still one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the history of boxing during his rematch with “Desert Storm,” as he demolished his opponent to reclaim the WBO welterweight belt that he lost back in 2012.
The victory allowed the Filipino star to put his first controversial loss to Bradley and his embarrassing knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez in the rearview mirror. He re-established himself at the top of the sport, just under Mayweather.
Read more at Bleacherreport.com
LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao may not have returned entirely to his dominance of a half-decade ago in beating Timothy Bradley, yet the performance easily had enough credibility to “go there” once more.
Yes, with unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a fight he’s heavily favored to win May 3, a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is back on the table even if it’s uncertain anyone who could successfully negotiate the sport’s ultimate fight will sit at in that table.
By taking Bradley’s World Boxing Organization welterweight title Saturday with a unanimous-decision success by scores of 116-112, 116-112 & 118-110, Pacquiao (56-5-2) is positioned, like Mayweather, to fight again in the fall.
Read more at Lasvegasnvblog.com
LOS ANGELES, California – Timothy Bradley has improved a lot, becoming faster than the first time he met — and defeated — Manny Pacquiao in June 2012.
But that’s fine for Pacquiao. In fact, he likes what he heard about Bradley.
“Good, meaning we’ll be giving boxing fans a good fight,” said Pacquiao.
“He’s faster now they said. He should be because I will be throwing him with so many punches from all angles which he wouldn’t know would hit him,” added Pacquiao.
Read more at Journal.com.ph