Boxing Rumors: Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao Happening in September?

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Mark J. Rebilas USA TODAY Sports

For as long as most boxing fans can remember, there’s been talk of a ‘dream fight’ between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. But after all these years, talk of the fight isn’t all that exciting anymore. While Mayweather has kept his stock high, there’s no doubt that Pacquiao’s has fallen a couple of notches. However, he did win his last fight and now he’s technically the No. 1 contender for Mayweather’s welterweight belt.

So is the fight that nearly all boxing fans have been clamoring for finally going to happen? Maybe.

The latest rumors indicate that Mayweather vs. Pacquiao could happen as soon as September. In the meantime, Pacquiao is scheduled to face Timothy Bradley on April 12th, while Mayweather is still trying to find an opponent for a May 3rd fight in Las Vegas.

Barring a loss by either boxer in their next fight, it seems that their paths will finally have to cross about seven months from now. That’s of course if they can work out the money, which has always been one of the main reasons we haven’t seen them fight.

The other issue at play is seemingly Mayweather’s willingness to fight Pacquiao. Many have speculated that Money simply wanted no part of Pacquiao in his prime. But now that he’s on the other side of his career, it appears that Money is more open to the idea of the two icons throwing down.

Is it disappointing that it’s taken so long to get to this point? Absolutely. But will the time spent to get here really have a great impact on interest in the fight and PPV buys? I doubt it.

 

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  • Kim Garado

    Nobody believe that RUMOR anymore because people knows that floyd is scared to fight pacman.

    • John Luxom

      Mayweather will never fight Pac, but not because he’s scared, it’s because of one reason. If you’re Mayweather, what do you have to gain? NOTHING! He currently is undefeated, and should he lose he’ll never hear the end of it. It would be the shining failure in his career that everybody wants to see. If he wins everybody will just say it’s because he kept ducking, and waited until Pac had some age, and wear on him so it wasn’t really fair. “If he fought Pacquiao when he was in his golden days it would have been different.”

      • kirk

        let me ask you, what will floyd gain from fighting khan or maidana?

        • John Luxom

          Another win that won’t be scrutinized for the rest of his life. The fact of the matter is that he’ll never hear the end of it whether he fights pacquiao or not, so why even bother when the only reason everybody wants to see the fight is because they want to see you lose?
          Nobody that’s a Mayweather fan (Wait.. do those exist?) cares about that fight beyond, “Eh, it would be a good test of his ability”. It’s all the Pac fans that want to see it, and it’s for the wrong reason. They don’t want to see it to see Pacquiao win, they want to see it just to see Mayweather lose. That is making a boxing match about the LOSER, and NOT the winner which is COMPLETELY backwards for a competition if you ask me.

    • kenny

      If you seriously think that ANY Professional Boxer is afraid to fight, then you need your head checked. Stop being a parrot to what Arum said and think for yourself. Boxers don’t make the jump from amateur to fighting for a living if they are afraid to fight. Do you realize how stupid that actually sounds? Think about it. Its like a Runner thats afraid to run. but opts to do it professionally. A Pilot that’s afraid of heights. A daycare worker that hates kids. You make no sense by simply repeating what Arum said about Floyd being scared. That just makes you look like a non thinking parrot. Please, come up with your own thought and have some originality. Saying that any boxer is scared to box, is utterly ridiculous. I mean geez! Manny didn’t catch any flack for fighting Rios hardly. That should tell you the gulf that exists between them. Noone asks Manny to fight Canelo, or GGG. Why? Noone thinks he has a snowballs chance in hell against any of those guys. However, you think he has a chance against the #1 p4p fighter? Manny has trouble with counter punchers. (see JMM) So theres someone out there that thinks he can find success against the best counter puncher of our boxing era? Wheres the logic here? That’s just unreasonable to think that. You seriously have to suspend your disbelief and ignore a lot of things to think that Manny has a prayer against Floyd.

      • gmme00 .

        Parrot.LOL. I like that. True unless you have faced another trained fighter in a some shape or form especialy a willingless fashion, you can never say someone scared. I think Arum is just hyping things and talking out his a#$.
        Kenny, nobody asks for those fghts you just mentioned because Manny is just naturally too small. GGG would have to come down from 160, and Canelo would still need to make a catch weight below 154lb. Mayweather is more their size but still not a Jr. middleweight who must dehydrate to make weight. I favored May to beat Canelo, but against GGG??? Now if you think it would be a cake walk I seriously doubt it and you need to think about it. Mayweather is not exactly calling him out either and he is the next Champion north of 154, should Mayweather want to see a real middleweight. I think with his talents he could capture a tite there, but he was eating and still only weighed in at 152 to fight Canelo. That is just thinking too far ahead when there are still other dangerous fighters at his weight or lower.
        Pac is one of them buddy. I am not even saying I am sure he woud win, I am simply saying he is one of the best oppenents to choose from at 154 and lower. Everyone throws the counter puncer difficulty thing in because of Mrarquez. Marqeuez could never do enough to win in 3-4 fights aainst Manny. Manny was dominating him more than ever in his 4th fight, but his extra aggression, both fighters knew it could not be the same old story, cost him as you may know. Styles make fights and you can’t be posiive May would win because he is counter puncher. May has never fought someone like Manny, and vise vera. If yo just flat out think Mannyhas no chance, you know absolutly nothing about boxing – no fence.

        • gmme00 .

          And if you guys want to base the “Oh Floyd easily beat Marquez and Manny never could”, what about the rest of the fighters they both faced. Manny beat each and everone of them much more convincingly.

  • wesleykimler

    Floyd has signed a contract to fight Pacquiao -2010 -Manny wouldn’t sign, wouldn’t test. Mayweather again offered Manny a date May 5 MGM Grand 2012 -which Bob Arum ixnayed (“we need to build a stadium” its not going to happen now”) the pesky facts all Pactards tend to ignore. As Shane Moseley noted the other day, the two fight -its going to be a long night for Manny -Floyd as once again Shane noted, just the better fighter.

    • SQL

      Floyd hadnt signed. plus he wanted Olympic styled drug tests which are still uneard of even now in boxing. Manny refused but later agreed. Then Floyd said he wanted 60% of the purse. Manny would pocket only 40 mill and he would get 60. Manny at the time was the pound for pound champions with 8 weight division titles and the biggest draw in boxing. but Floyd wanted to give him 40%.

      Manny now is ready to take 40% for the fight and now Floyd want Manny to leave Top Rank. If manny leaves, Floyd will probably make more outrageous requests. Even the most staunch of floyd fans knows that if the fight doesnt happen it will be because Floyd ducked most of the time.

      • wesleykimler

        Not true -fight in 2010 was signed by Floyd -ready to go at 50/50 split -Manny wouldn’t agree to the 12 day before fight blood test (afraid of needles) -Pacquiao walked -Oh there is plenty of obfuscation coming from the Roach Hotel -lots of disinformation -he didn’t want to do testing -and walked because of it.

        A contract sent on Dec. 11, 2009, by Golden Boy Promotions on behalf of Mayweather to Top Rank on behalf of Pacquiao proposed a 50-50 financial split between the sides for a fight that would have been held March 13, 2010.

        The eight-page agreement is so detailed that it indicates which of the two fighters would step onto the scale first at the weigh-in (Pacquiao), who would walk to the ring first (Pacquiao), who would be introduced first (Mayweather) and who had first choice of the locker room (Mayweather).

        It detailed that the bout would have been on HBO Pay-Per-View at a cost of $59.95. Billing was to be “Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, presented by Top Rank, Golden Boy Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and M-P Promotions in association with [approved sponsors and the site].”

        Pacquiao’s side declined the 2009 contract offer because Pacquiao objected to Mayweather’s request for the drug testing. Though Pacquiao has subsequently agreed to Mayweather’s demands for random blood and urine testing, the sides have not been able to reach agreement on a deal.

        • Bud Dadude

          Show proof of the contract! If Floyd so down to fight Manny why doesn’t he accept the challenge PAC gave him that the fight cash goes to charity. If you say Floyd shouldn’t fight for free, then your just hanging on Floyd nuts. I wanna see the fight as a fan of boxing and that’s me speaking real!

          • John Luxom

            Floyd SHOULDN’T fight for free. He is the one with everything to lose at this point, and Manny KNOWS it. He’s just taunting him with that offer.
            Just to be clear, I’m not a fan of Mayweather. I met the guy personally at LA Boxing here in Las Vegas back in 2009. All I wanted was for him to sign my gloves, and even had a marker ready. He refused to give me the time of day, or recognition as a fellow fighter. Really? You can’t take four seconds to sign the gloves of an up and comer that clearly admired you? (He wasn’t even there training, he was in street clothes with no gym gear.)

          • JM Lubag

            You have to beat the best in order to be the best or at least your biggest threat. NO EXCUSES! if he will not fight pacquiao, he will be remembered as being the biggest coward in boxing history who cannot face a person that gives threat to his precious “0″

          • John Luxom

            I agree with “Beat the best to be the best”, but I wouldn’t do it for no compensation either when i’m the only one with anything to lose.

          • Christopher

            My name is Christopher de Palm I would like the world to know that every one from (Curacao ) my lovely eland would love to see that fight happen.

          • kenny

            John, I used to model and ran track professionally for 2 years. Possibly you don’t understand. It may have been 4 seconds to you, but how many people do you think, feel like you do? Sometimes you just need some space. Everywhere he goes, folks want an autograph It can be a pain in the ass sometimes. I wasn’t 1/100th the star he is and I can fully understand that. Folks shove pens in your face all day long, everyday. It gets irritating sometimes. I cant blame him. Think of how other people feel for a second. Even stars need break from that sometimes. Stop being so damned selfish.

          • John Luxom

            You don’t know the situation at all beyond a couple of sentences.
            How am I being selfish for wanting to talk with one of the best boxers in the game for a couple minutes, and get an autograph when he’s at a -boxing gym- with no training gear. He was clearly there just to talk to somebody even though it wasn’t me. Although I didn’t just bullrush him when he came through the door, he was standing off to the side near the locker rooms, I walked past him said “hey” with no response at all, got changed, came back out, and said “Excuse me Mr. Mayweather. If it isn’t too much trouble would you mind signing my gloves? I have a marker right here. I thought you looked great in that Marquez fight last month.” (Just after he beat Juan Marquez) He responded with just a “No.” as if he couldn’t even give me a simple “Sorry, not now, but thanks for your support”.
            I don’t think he’s a douche because he didn’t give me an autograph, I think he’s a douche because of the -way- that he refused. Just because he’s some big famous celebrity that’s the best in one small facet of life doesn’t mean that gives him the right to act like he’s outright better than everybody else. It’s one thing to refuse a request. It’s completely another to ignore somebody for no apparent reason.
            Finally just as it is his right to refuse my request, it is -my- right to think whatever I want about the guy.

      • kenny

        Wrong as hell!!! Manny was NOT an 8 division champion at the time for one. He actually, cumulative held 8 belts in different division, with the last 3 belts being vacated championships. He NEVER held 8 belts at one time. Floyd CURRENTLY holds 5 belts. Let me say that again. CURRENTLY holds 5 belts. Manny holds ZERO belts. He held 8 over a span of years, they were collected, but he never held 8 belts at once. However, keep bloating him to make him look better, and for you to feel better. You said Manny would pocket “only” 40 million bucks? Has he EVER IN HIS LIFE earned more than that in a night? Let me answer that for you. NO! So youre going to throw away the biggest payday of your entire life, simply because your opponent I making more money than you????? Does that make sense to anyone???? “Well yeah, we hit hit the lottery for 100 million bucks but since Im only getting 40 million, Im not going to cash in the ticket at all. That sounds ridiculous!!!!! Especially if youre broke!!! I mean come on! Your pride will stop you from the biggest payday of your life???? 40 mill is TWICE the LARGEST guarantee that Manny has ever gotten. Talk about throwing the baby out with the bath water!

        • gmme00 .

          Floyd could never make those numbers against Manny. Yea he did 2+ million PPV but guess what? He was fghting Canelo.
          I think what SQL meant was Manny has capture belts in 8 different divisions which IS the case. Come on, what fighter could actuall hold 8 belts at one time.
          As for the bogus $40 million offer, I would not have just accepted that either, and it was not even a real contract. With that offer, Floyd is trying to say, “Here Manny I will give you $40 million which is more than you have ever made, andI will take over $200 million which is more than I have ever made in a fight”. LOL. Please bro.
          These are both great figters, and nobody really knows how it would pan out. Even if both of them are past their primes now. Like I sad, I am not even favoring Manny to win at this point. My argument here is, he is the best challenger at 154lb and below.

  • angel

    Let’s get somethang strait who ever thanks Floyd is scared is crazy of Manny I seen his last fight against Rios he hasn’t had a knock out a while cause remember people ya all said he was a knock out artist and Floyd was not when he fights him he will dominate the whole fight just like he did marquez after being off almost 2 years and Manny couldn’t do that at all so who ever thanks Floyd is scared does not know boxing

    • Louie Kulla

      Floyd Mayweather, If everyone from your own Profession, your own Circle, Your Own Race says you are a coward, You are truly a Coward!!. The very people who are supposed to watch your back are saying you are scared of Pacquiao. There is no amount of Fan’s explanations, Excuses and statistics could ever save your shameful facade.
      .
      .American Boxing icons, experts and legends who confirms Mayweather is scared of Manny Pacquiao.
      1) Mike Tyson
      2) Roy jones jr
      3) Larry Holmes
      4) Marvin hagler
      5) Bert sugar – greatest boxing historian
      6) Michael Wilbon – espn
      7) sugar Ray Leonard
      8) Tim Bradley
      9) Oscar dela Hoya
      10) 50 cent – Boxing Promoter and best friend
      11) Max Ledermann
      12) Larry Merchant
      13) Stephen A Smith -Converted Die hard Fan.
      16) etc,etc,..

      Now, show me anyone. or any list of boxing experts more credible than this. saying Floyd is NOT afraid to face the Greatest.MP8

      • kenny

        Dude, did you just make up a list of anyone in boxing that you can think of?? BTW, Bert Sugar is DEAD!!!!! Stephen A Smith does NOT think Manny has a prayer against Mayweather, and because youre a boxer, that doent make you a good boxing analyst. Theres a reason that some are boxers, some are trainers, and some are analysts. Noone is all three, for a reason. Bradley also doesn’t think that! Dude!!!! Youre full of crap!!!

    • gmme00 .

      If you guys want to base the “Floyd easily beat Marquez and Manny never could”, what about the rest of the fighters they both faced. Manny beat each and everone of them much more convincingly.

  • Louie Kulla

    Floyd Mayweather, If everyone from your own Profession, your own Circle, Your Own Race says you are a coward, You are truly a Coward!!. The very people who are supposed to watch your back are saying you are scared of Pacquiao. There is no amount of Fan’s explanations, Excuses and statistics could ever save your shameful facade. !!!!!!!
    .
    .American Boxing icons, experts and legends who confirms Mayweather is scared of Manny Pacquiao.
    1) Mike Tyson
    2) Roy jones jr
    3) Larry Holmes
    4) Marvin hagler
    5) Bert sugar – greatest boxing historian
    6) Michael Wilbon – espn
    7) sugar Ray Leonard
    8) Tim Bradley
    9) Oscar dela Hoya
    10) 50 cent – Boxing Promoter and best friend
    11) Max Ledermann
    12) Larry Merchant
    13) Stephen A Smith -Converted Die hard Fan.
    16) etc,etc,..

    Now, show me anyone. or any list of boxing experts more credible than this. saying Floyd is NOT afraid to face the Greatest.