Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Arum Says Odds Are Very Good for a 2013 Bout

Mick AkersAnalyst IJuly 4, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08:  Boxer Manny Pacquiao (C) and boxing promoter Bob Arum are interviewed during the official weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Timothy Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told the Orange County Register that he believes that 2013 is the year we finally see the two best fighters of the past decade, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, get in the ring and let their gloves do the talking.

Although Arum has been mentioning the possibility of the bout happening in 2013 for the past few months, he never went into any detail as to why he has now changed his tune about the mega-fight taking place.

Arum once said that he felt a Pacquiao-Mayweather bout would never happen (per ESPN), but he now has changed his tune considerably.

Arum told the Orange County Register, "They want to make the fight. They realize their careers are coming to an end. I think it's going to be next year. I think the odds are very, very good."

Pacquiao himself told Arum that he wanted the Mayweather fight (per ESPN) at a recent dinner before the eight-division champion took off on vacation, but there has never been any word on behalf of Mayweather's side about the potential record-breaking bout taking place.

Until now, that is. 

Arum went on to explain to the OC Register, "There seem to be stirrings from the other side."

Arum did not go further into just what those "stirrings" were, but the fact that he mentioned that there was something that indicated that Mayweather's camp may also be on the same page to get the fight signed is a new development. 

We have up to 53 days until we can hear from Mayweather himself, as he has around a month-and-a-half left on his 87-day jail sentence—although he could be let out sooner than 53 days with good behavior—but only time will tell if the four-year war of words finally evolves into a war inside the ring.