THE super fight that was five years in the making took only a few minutes to get off the ground.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. bared details of his chance meeting with Manny Pacquiao during a Miami Heat game in Florida late in January which he said paved the way for their May 2 welterweight showdown to finally come into fruition.
The unbeaten American generally considered as the best fighter in the world today, pound-for-pound, gave an interview to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and provided an inside look at what transpired during his short conversation with Pacquiao at the half of the Heat game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the American Airlines Arena.
Mayweather claimed approaching the 36-year-old Filipino and asking about the alleged fight contract the camp of Pacquiao claimed to have already been signed by him about a May 2 showdown between them.
“I went over and said, ‘Can you show me the contract that you said you signed?’ I heard his manager say we actually have not signed the contract. I said, ‘Why are you going around lying?’” said the native of Grand Rapids, Michigan in the interview, the video of which is posted on the ESPN website.
That’s when Mayweather and Pacquiao exchanged phone numbers that resulted in a meeting between the two boxing superstar in the hotel suite of the Filipino ring icon later in the night.
Pacquiao was then in Florida after acting as one of the judges in the Ms. Universe beauty pageant, while Mayweather is a regular fixture in Miami games.
“You know what, give me your phone number and I’ll give you my phone number so we can communicate directly between me and you,” said Mayweather.
“Because before, I got your manager’s phone number and he started avoiding my calls. And then, I called you and you got off the phone when I offered you $40 million when you were on top of your game.”
Four months after, boxing history is now upon us.