MACAU – After another Manny Pacquiao victory, can talks about a fight with Floyd Mayweather be far behind?
The potential richest fight of all-time in boxing history loomed in the background on Sunday following Pacquiao’s one-sided victory over Chris Algieri in their world welterweight title fight at the Cotai Arena here.
Pacquiao was asked many times about the matter during the post-fight interview, and repeatedly answered back by borrowing his hilarious one-liner in the new Foot Locker advertisement, where he was made to believe Floyd Jr. will finally be fighting him.
“He’s going to fight me?” Pacquiao said in jest, often drawing laughter from the crowd.
But on a serious note, the 35-year-old boxing great, who retained his 147-lb. title belt following his dominant performance against Algieri, said the long-awaited fight indeed has to happen for the sake of boxing fans.
“The fans really deserved to see that fight,” he said. “I want that fight to happen. It’s been a long time.”
Top Rank Promotions’ Bob Arum earlier hinted about the overt negotiations being made by both parties involved about finally making the fight happen in the first six months of 2015.
Reportedly key aides of both Pacquiao and Mayweather are involved in the talks, including CBS Corp. executive Leslie Moonves, the broadcast television network which is the parent company of Showtime, which promotes Floyd Jr, the reigning World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council welterweight champion.
The fight, first broached in 2010, has repeatedly been stalled following disagreements by both camps over the issues of drug testing, money, and ego.
Arum said all of these concerns should be set aside if a last-ditch effort to save the megafight is to succeed.
"All the nonsense has to cease. Everybody should be working together to make that fight happen. There’s no excuse anymore," Arum said.
The Top Rank executive added, “I said enough is enough. Let’s just make the fight happen, let’s get it done. Let’s get it done that the next fight for each fighter sometime in the first six months of next year..
“That’s our position and we’ll do what we can to make it happen.”