The Reuters global sports blog
The news that Bob Arum has flown to Manila to meet Manny Pacquiao and discuss a contract offer to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr is a good sign that next year’s super fight is close to being signed.
Roy Jones Jr’s surprise first round defeat to Australian Danny Green on Wednesday means his expected rematch with old rival Bernard Hopkins scheduled for March 13th is unlikely to go ahead, and with the major U.S television networks looking for a fight to fill the void, step in Pacquiao and Mayweather.
Negotiations between Pac Man and Pretty Boy were expected to be tough, with both renowned for driving hard bargains but the news Arum is in the Philippines would suggest talks are at an advanced stage.
Figures showing Pacquiao made more money in television pay-per-view sales in his victory over Miguel Cotto last month than Mayweather did over Juan Manuel Marquez in September strengthens the Filipino’s hand in negotiations as the American needs this fight more than Pac Man.
After his devastating second-round knockout victory over Ricky Hatton it appears there are no limits to Filipino Manny Pacquiao’s ability… It’s just a shame he can’t continue his jolly stroll through the weight classes and breathe some life into the heavyweight division.
The power and strength he brought from flyweight through to light-welterweight was nothing short of phenomenal. Preposterous idea though it is, who says he couldn’t beat the slothful Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko?
There is nothing like big fight week in Las Vegas to knock promoters heads together and sort out the next mouth-watering match-ups.
As we close in on Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton’s eagerly awaited showdown on Saturday night the press hounds have been joined in the media circus by many current fighters as the jockeying for opponents’ takes place.