We're closer than we've ever been.
I'm sure a lot of boxing fans in our audience, especially those who've been around the block a few times, aren't going to get all hot under the collar over another Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao "super fight" post, but some of the key items that sabotaged earlier negotiations have already been ironed out.
L.A. Times' Lance Pugmire has the details:
Mayweather sought a split at least 60-40 in his favor, and Pacquiao expressed a willingness to meet that.
The parties have already agreed to stage the fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and they've also agreed on a drug-testing plan. A date remains unsettled. It's believed the bout is being targeted for May or June.
"The calendar is a factor," the official said of the urgency to finalize the deal soon, estimating it could get done in seven to 10 days.
We could have a decision in a week and a fight in five months.
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is widely-believed to be the biggest boxing fight of all time and could shatter existing pay-per-view (PPV) records. While both pugilists compete under different broadcasters (Showtime and HBO, respectively), it would not be the first time the networks came together to stage a mega-fight (Tyson-Lewis).
Keep your fingers crossed.
While "Pac Man" has stumbled in recent years, "Money" remains undefeated through 47 fights. That includes a pair of decision wins over Marcos Maidana in 2014. That said, the Filipino phenom is one of few boxers with the skills to beat Mayweather and provides a very dangerous test.
One that could be taken on "Cinco de Mayweather."