In a bizarre change of events, current welterweight and junior middleweight title holder Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KOs) gave fellow pound-for-pound great Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) praise in an interview.
In an interview with Pop StopTV that took place at friend and business partner 50 Cent's latest movie premiere earlier this month, "Money" didn't bad mouth "Pacman" for once, which is definitely out of the ordinary.
Mayweather said of a possible Pacquiao showdown, "When that day presents itself, then I will go out there and do what I have to do. But, I think Pacquiao’s an unbelievable fighter, and hopefully we can make the fight happen in the future."
Mayweather giving the fighter (who the world has been waiting for him to fight in the ring) a compliment instead of the usual trash talk is a positive step forward in getting the superfight signed.
With Mayweather sending praises Pacquiao's way, 50 Cent jumping into the boxing promoting business (per ESPN) and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum saying he hopes to get the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight signed for April of 2013 (per Boxing Scene), the world may finally get its wish to see the two best fighters of the past decade square off in the ring.
As the two boxing greats' careers are both getting close to the end, going out fighting each other would be a huge deal worldwide and would be sure to shatter live gate and pay-per-view records that may never be touched after.
After years of negativity from both fighters' camps toward one another, it seems that 2013 may finally be the year we see the epic bout between Pacquiao and Mayweather become a reality instead of just a fantasy.