Promoter Bob Arum says boxers Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather may stage two fights next year, according to the Bleacher Report.
Under a settlement reached between HBO & Showdown, a fight could take place in May with a rematch to follow the same year. HBO is contracted to carry Pacquiao’s fights and Showtime has Mayweather.
“Both networks want this to happen,” says Arum. “All signs seem to point to a first fight early next year. A second fight in the autumn would provide a different cash split because the winner of the first would claim the higher percentage. As each of them believes he would win, that provides an extra incentive.”
Pacquiao is now 37 and Mayweather 35. Both are past their prime. This fight should have taken place long ago. But fans would likely still be excited to see it happen, and reportedly the two combined fights could be worth $1 billion dollars.
What do you think? Will it happen? Or do you even care anymore? You can read about the likelihood of such a fight in Bleacher Report.