There is hope for a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight after all.
Pacquiao told ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo that he and Mayweather spoke through the phone and talked about the super bout.
The fighting congressman said he is willing to face Mayweather “anytime,” as long as he will be given an equal split of the fight revenues.
“Sabi ko aprub na sa akin ang 50-50, walang problema anytime. Nasa ‘yo na ‘yun. Maghihintay kami kung OK na sa iyo (I said just give me a 50-50 split in revenue and there would be no problem, anytime. It’s up to you. We’ll wait for your answer),” he said.
If Mayweather agrees, the fight could take place in May.
This was contrary to the claim made by boxing promoter Bob Arum in Sports Illustrated that Pacquiao’s next fight would be in June.
Mayweather earlier demanded through a series of tweets that Pacquiao should face him on May 5.
However, a May 5 fight date between Pacquiao and Mayweather would not be “economically smart” said Arum.
The Top Rank CEO even said the Pacquiao agreed with him regarding the May 5 bout.
“He realizes that economically the May 5th date is not smart,” Arum said.
He agrued that a temporary stadium would be needed to host the super bout. The venue, said Arum, would likely be available in late May.
Arum said that without Mayweather, Pacquiao is likely to fight against one of the four fighters: Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley, Miguel Cotto or Lamont Peterson.