The Manny Pacquiao vs.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
fight has only happened in the imaginations of millions of boxing fans around the world.
After more than half a decade, the match may actually happen.
After all the possible reasons to stall the fight have been laid out, one seemingly insurmountable hurdle loomed-Manny Pacquiao is signed with HBO while Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
There seemed to be no way to reconcile this-until now.
GMA News has the report: “Top Rank CEO Bob Arum on Tuesday revealed that some personalities are now discussing a possible collaboration that will put the two champions in the same ring next year.
He refused to give further details but bared that CBS Corporation president and CEO Leslie Moonves is brokering the deal, working doubly hard to turn the blockbuster showdown into a reality.
CBS is the parent company of Showtime, which has a six-fight deal with Mayweather.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, is signed under HBO, raising speculations that the two television giants will collaborate on the broadcast, which last happened in 2002 when they beamed the Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson heavyweight title fight.” It has actually happened before-in the only fight that was as highly anticipated as this one.
“The networks are now already talking, I am now more optimistic that the fight is going to happen than I was three or four years ago.
I am talking to responsible people who are in touch with the Mayweather guys.
All of these people have the ability to move it ahead and make it happen.” Of course, Pacquiao needs to get through the 5’10” hurdle that is Chris Algieri.
Their fight is scheduled Saturday, November 22.
Looking ahead, Arum actually has a venue in mind: “If it happens, we’re considering the Cowboys Stadium.
It is the only venue which has the capacity to host a big show such as the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.” The final word from Pac-Man himself: “Anything could happen.
For as long as I am still in boxing, and he is still here, there’s always a chance that we could fight together.”