Top Rank CEO Bob Arum spoke to the media during the Miguel Cotto and Yuri Foreman weigh-in last Friday and stated, "Manny is ready to fight Floyd."
In an article I found on boxingscene.com, Mark Vester states that Arum said that Manny Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KO) has accepted Mayweather's drug testing demands all the way up to 14 days prior to their potential mega-match and a 50/50 split on the money.
"The ball's in Mayweather's court and if Mayweather doesn't fight him, that's Mayweather's decision. I'm telling you now, I've had long conversations with him [Pacquiao]. Manny Pacquiao's first goal is to get Floyd Mayweather in the ring, and this whole drug testing nonsense, I think it's nonsense, but Manny has now agreed," Arum said.
Arum also went on to discuss the possibility of the fight taking place in Las Vegas.
"I live there and I have no problem with the fight being in Las Vegas, and I know Manny has no problem either. There are things that I know that you don't about why Las Vegas will go to the last mile to get that fight and I would think that Las Vegas would have to be the front runner."
ESPNDallas.com also recently discusses how Cowboys Stadium may lose out on this mega-fight.
So, hopefully Arum's quotes are valid and hold weight. We all want nothing less than a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight and hopefully these two articles are a sign of something big to come.
There are RUMORS, that Floyd Mayweather (41-0, 25 KO) is going to retire again. I call, bulls*it! And so does Arum.
When asked about the YouTube video of Mayweather saying he is going to take two years off to devote his time to his boxing gym—Arum barely entertained the idea.
"You never know with Floyd. Sometimes he just talks for the sake of talking. If Floyd plans on taking a year or two off, we should be seeing a formal press release soon."
I actually couldn't agree with Arum more. Floyd wouldn't be discrete about it, we (the fans) and general media would be given a more formal announcement by the undefeated superstar.
I highly doubt Floyd is going to walk away again, and if it were absolutely true, I'm sure boxing's mass media (ESPN, Sky Sports) and credible boxing web sources would be all over this story. If anything... it probably wouldn't be anything less than another Floyd Mayweather ploy to sell the fight or to annoy Team Pacquiao even more.
With the recent quotes by Arum via boxingscene.com and ESPN, and the discussions of the fight being in Las Vegas, I see signs of this fight being made official sooner rather than later.
Although, I do believe Mayweather isnt going to accept a 50/50 split as Arum suggested.
As we all know, Floyd is "Money" and has a very big ego and believes he is the bigger draw. As he relentlessly states, he is the cash cow and his recent quality of opponent and pay-per-view numbers are better than Pacquiao's.
It just seems quite odd that we haven't heard anything from Mayweather or his team since his May 1st victory over Shane Mosley. Which to me says something rather than nothing.
My opinion, they are quietly negotiating every detail behind closed doors. They are probably hitting a speed bump here and there but I believe there is progress being made.
This fight is so big now and so demanded, that it's being kept quiet for the exact reason and to keep all of us on our heels.