LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17: Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his fourth-round knockout of Victor Ortiz to win the WBC welterweight title September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was reported that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been sentenced to three months in jail after pleading guilty to a charge of misdemeanor battery domestic violence and no contest on two counts of harassment against an ex-girlfriend December 21, 2011. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Sh*t just got real.
Floyd Mayweather recently got his 90-day jail sentence pushed back to begin on June 1, which opened the door for a fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 5, the date both men had previously been planning to return to the ring.
But would it be against each other?
It certainly didn't look that way after comments made by Bob Arum, Pacquiao's promoter. The old fossil came out and claimed that "Pacman" suffered a cut in his last fight and because of it, he wouldn't be ready for the May 5 date. Thankfully, the Filipino fighting machine debunked this when talking to PhilBoxing recently and openly admitted to wanting to square off against Mayweather:
"I‘ve said this over and over before and I'm saying this again, I want Floyd Mayweather Jr. to be my next opponent and I haven't changed my choice despite recent developments. ... I am meeting with my promoter, Bob Arum on Tuesday and I will insist that the fight with Mayweather be given the preference (over) the four others in the list [Miguel Cotto, Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Lamont Peterson].
Oh yes indeedy, feed the needy.
Hearing that, then, leads us back to Mayweather, who was recently rumored to be close to signing a deal to fight Robert Guerrero. That went over like a lead balloon but he's appeasing the masses for the time being with a few choice tweets he sent out earlier today calling out Pacquiao:
"Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see. My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk."
Let's be clear about one thing: This in no way means the fight is going to take place on May 5, if at all.
It's entirely possible the hurdles that have been so difficult to overcome before prove just as difficult now. Mayweather may very well still sign to fight Guerrero and Pacquiao could very well end up squaring off against Miguel Cotto.
Is that what fans want? Of course not. But it may just be what fans get.
These two have made it clear in the past they want to fight each other. But whether it's money, Bob Arum, drug testing, calendars or any other obstacle, it's just never come to fruition.
Is now the time? Is Mayweather really going to fight Pacquiao with a 90-day jail sentence hanging over his head?
Stay tuned. Just don't be surprised if nothing happens.