Floyd Mayweather called out Manny Pacquiao and challenged him to a May fight on December 12th, but almost two months later the fighters still haven’t agreed to a deal on what will surely be the most lucrative bout in boxing history. Mayweather has frequently blamed Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, for halting negotiations — but Arum told the New York Post Friday that he expects the two sides to reach an agreement in a matter of days.
Via the New York Post:
“We’re looking to complete the paperwork. Everything is moving in the right direction. Hopefully, the next couple of days it will get done. The issues are being narrowed down to extraordinarily small points. I’m optimistic it will all be put together in the next couple of days.”\
Pacquiao and Mayweather met for the first time last week at a Miami Heat game, and held discussions about a potential fight after the game in a hotel. According to Arum, that meeting was key to a deal finally getting done.
“I think it helped a lot because we were all putting papers together, and there was still a question as to whether Floyd really wanted to do the fight or not. Based on the meeting with Pacquiao in the hotel suite, Manny and Michael Koncz were convinced Floyd absolutely wants to do the fight.”