After meeting with former welterweight title holder Manny Pacquiao in his native Philippines, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said that the much-anticipated superfight with Pacquiao and fellow pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr., could take place in April of 2013, according to Boxing Scene.
Arum told Boxing Scene that both him and Pacquiao are "optimistic for April of next year." This would be, of course, after "getting Pacquiao's ideas of schedules and when he is going to have to start campaigning next year," as Pacquiao plans to run for governor of Sarangani province in 2013.
With Arum even mentioning a specific month for the superfight to possibly take place is a big deal, as that shows at least the slightest bit of commitment from the longtime promoter.
With one of the biggest hangups in past negotiations between Pacquiao and Mayweather being the money aspect, Arum says he knows how to handle that now.
"I know how to handle that with the Mayweather people and do the best deal possible and then get back to Manny."
Arum feels that the emergence of Mayweather's longtime friend and now business partner, rapper 50 Cent, in the boxing promoting business (per ESPN.com) with TMT (The Money Team) Promotions, will be the key to finally getting the fight signed.
Arum said of 50 Cent, "He appears to me to be a real businessman with no agenda like some of the other guys, so I think we can get a deal done."
It appears that the time is now for Pacquiao and Mayweather, as both fighters are reaching the end to their long, successful careers. The two finally meeting in the ring would cement their legacies inside the ring once and for all.