Floyd Mayweather will soon be serving his 90-day jail sentence starting June 1 of this year after being convicted of domestic violence. His conviction has made notions of uncertainty in establishing a possible match with our very own boxing champ Manny Pacquiao.
On January 19th (Thursday) Mayweather has spoken with Pacquiao through telephone to discuss a possible bout on May this year (almost a month before he serves his jail sentence). The phone dialogue between the two boxing contenders was confirmed by the advisers of both sides through several media outlets.
Leonard Ellerbe (Mayweather’s adviser) confirmed the call to ESPN. Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum did the same to Boxingscene.com. Also, Pacquiao had a formal interview in the Philippines with ABS-CBN about the call.
Pacquiao asks a 50-50 share of income from Mayweather to proceed with the bout. The Pacquiao-Mayweather boxing match will be regarded as the best-heeled fight in boxing history which is expected to reach up to a $100 Million in total if it forges ahead.
Mayweather already has a May 5 booked date at Las Vegas yet Pacquiao’s promoter aims for a later date to muster a huge outdoor arena and sell more tickets and boost profits.
Everyone has waited long enough to see this fight proceed. The rest of the world especially the Filipino boxing fans still have to wait for the final decision with whom Pacquiao will fight this year. I just hope this most-awaited clash between two pound-for-pound boxing contenders will not be just a show for the money. Otherwise it would just be a lame match on both ends.