NOT unless one of them goes out of his way, there’s not going to be any Philippine meet-up for rivals Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Working on a hectic schedule, the two boxing superstars’ paths are not about to cross during Mayweather’s first-ever trip to the country.
While the American boxing great welcomes the opportunity to meet with his former foe with whom he made history three years ago, time is of the essence for both of them.
Mayweather’s itinerary is stacked in the next three days until he and his team leaves on Thursday while Pacquiao is currently in General Santos City where he has started training for his coming welterweight title fight against Lucas Matthysee.
Asked if he still has time to meet with the Filipino boxing icon and now Philippine senator, Mayweather said, ‘We’ll see.’
“Hopefully, we can sit down and meet, probably have lunch or dinner and just see how’s everything been going for Manny and his team,” said Mayweather, who proceeded to El Nido resorts in Palawan despite just having a few hours of rest since arriving in the country early Tuesday morning.
Pacquiao’s camp meanwhile, said the eighth-time world champion is also willing to see his former tormentor if and when Mayweather changes his mind and include a quick visit to GenSan as part of his schedule.
“Kung makipag meet sa kanya (Pacquiao), okay lang naman. Ongoing na kasi yung training camp dito,” said Pacquiao’s media liason Aquiles Zonio.
Pacquiao, Zonio added, was aware of Mayweather's visit to the country even days before the undefeated boxer's arrival was announced on social media.
“Siya pa nga ang nagsabi sa amin,” he added.
Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) and Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) fought in a 2015 welterweight title match that went down in history as the richest boxing fight ever. The American fighter, long considered as one of the sports' biggest villains, won the match by unanimous decision.
Mayweather last fought in August against UFC champion Conor McGregor and won via 10th-round knockout before announcing again his retirement from the sport.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, continues to fight and has penciled a July 15 fight against Matthysee in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Apart from sitting down with Pacquiao, Mayweather would also like to play a pick-up game of basketball against the former Fighter of the Decade.
“Absolutely,” he said with a big smile when asked if he’s ready to go one-on-one against the 39-year-old Pacquiao, who’s passionate about basketball and is using the country’s national past time as part of his cross-training.
For a while, Pacquiao also dabbled in professional ball, serving as playing-coach of the KIA franchise in the PBA, which made him its first ever rookie pick during the 2014 draft.
While Mayweather, a constant fixture in NBA games, doesn’t have the same experience in the professional level, the former Olympic bronze medalist believes he has game.
“I could play basketball a little bit,” he said. “I’m not a professional, but I can hold my own.”