Late last week, seemingly out of nowhere, boxing promoter Bob Arum came out and revealed that Showtime/CBS and HBO are currently talking about the possibility of holding not one but two Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fights in 2015. It appears as though both sides want to get a deal done and are motivated to make a match between the two fighters happen. But despite that, you probably shouldn't get too excited about the idea of a Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, because it sounds like it's still a bit of a longshot.
Last night, Mayweather held a media event at his gym in Las Vegas to promote his September 13 fight against Marcos Maidana. During it, Black Sports Online writer Kel Dansby asked him about the chances of a fight between him and Pacquiao actually taking place. And Mayweather didn't sound like a guy who was ready to fight Pacquiao. In fact, he said that the only way he'll agree to a fight with him is if Pacquiao agrees to sign with Mayweather Promotions.
And that will make a fight between the two boxers very unlikely. Pacquiao is currently signed with Arum's Top Rank through December 2016. So if Mayweather is 100 percent unwilling to budge from his requirement, it would be impossible for anyone to make a Mayweather/Pacquiao fight happen.
Watch Mayweather respond to BSO's question about fighting Pacquiao in the clip below. Are you surprised by his response?
[via Black Sports Online]