According to ESPN.com reports, Manny Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KO) has agreed to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. (40-0, 25 KO). Top Rank CEO Bob Arum flew to meet with Pacquiao on Tuesday on the mega-fight and it appears the Filipino has accepted the terms of the deal. Mayweather has already previously agreed to the deal according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.
Although the final contract requires a few more details, both fighters have agreed to basic terms, including the likely date of March 13.
In an interview with GMA television, Pacquiao said, "March 13 is OK."
The deal consists of a welterweight bout that would be contested at 147 pounds, the maximum for that weight division.
Pacquiao’s most recent fight, a 12th round TKO win over Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14, was fought at a catch-weight of 145 pounds. Mayweather’s latest fight, a unanimous decision over Juan Manuel Marquez on Sept. 19, was also at a catch-weight of 144 pounds, although Mayweather weighed in at 146.
The location of the fight still remains in question, although it is known that leading candidates still include the new Dallas Cowboys stadium, the Superdome in New Orleans and the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. There have also been talks of erecting a temporary 30,000-seat venue in the area located across the strip from the Wynn Casino and Hotel.
The two fighters are considered the top pound-for-pound competitors in the sport and many believe the fight will be the richest in boxing history, eclipsing the 2.44 million pay-per-view buys set by Mayweather's split decision win over Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.
Anticipation for the fight reached new peaks after Pacquiao defeated Miguel Cotto by 12th-round TKO on Nov. 14, making him the first boxer in the sports history to win a world title in seven different weight divisions. Mayweather's last fight was a unanimous decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez on Sept. 19.
President of HBO Sports Ross Greenburg called the potential matchup "one of the biggest matchups in boxing history" the night of the Pacquiao fight and vowed the fight would be made.
This is spectacular. I'm suprised it's so soon as I expected June or July but I can see why they would want to capitalize on the excitement after last months fight. I can't wait to see Mayweather eating a steady flow of left hooks.
Can’t wait for this fight. A real clash of styles...Biggest boxing match since Tyson-Holyfield I? Can’t believe how badly the Pac Man abused Cotto… Cotto is an excellent fighter… this is going to be epic.
Will Floyd finially get the respect that he's been due for years now, with a W over Manny?
fine, i'll bite.
i don't know exactly what you mean by "respect that he's been due for years" considering he was the #1 pound-for-pound fighter from the summer of 2005 until he retired. no one would ever deny the talent mayweather has, but if wins would he be as popular as manny is? i'd say no. pacquaio is one of the most polarizing fighters we've seen in years-- he used to sell cigarettes on the streets as a kid so he would be able to eat. and yet, celebrity hasn't seem to went to his head. he takes care of his friends and family, does an incredible amount of philanthropy work for the philippines, and is smiling every second of the day. top that off with his scary knock-out ability. floyd is all about floyd-- i have no issue with that, but he'll never be as loved as manny is.
if floyd wins, it'll cement his legacy as one of the greatest welterweights of all time. no one would be able to deny that. but he'll never be as popular across the globe as pacman is right now. virtually impossible.
this is the most important fight for boxing in well over a decade. the outcome will greatly shape the way we follow it. i'll be pulling for manny, but i don't think he's necessarily the favorite. all i want to see is a good fight, and something that peaks my interest again for the next
Hell yeah... I've been waiting for this fight. I thought Floyd would duck him for sure. From what I hear the only thing left to negotiate is venue (Cowboy Staidum v. MGM) and glove weight (8 oz. v. 10 oz.).
Can't wait for Manny to prove he is the pound-for-pound best in 7 different weightclasses !! My money will be on him, literally.
Can't wait to go to Vegas for this one. As soon as they finalize the deal and pick the venue, I'm booking my flight !!