Two of boxing’s most popular fighters might be getting into the ring a lot sooner than many fans think. According to boxing adviser Leonard Ellerbe, current WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather plans to defend his belt on May 5, 2012, and he currently has his sights set on current WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
“We’re looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is; the little fella,” Ellerbe said while talking to ESPN.com. “Floyd made it very clear that he wants to give the fans the biggest fights that are out there. He wants to stay active. We’re going to do everything in our power to make the biggest fight out there for the fans and we all know what the fight is.”
This isn’t first time both camps have tried to get a deal done, and it will be interesting to see how the saga will unfold. Mayweather tried to work a deal out with Pacquiao several years back, but negotiations finally fell through after Manny refused to surrender himself to Floyd’s request for random blood testing.
Many boxing fans remember how much attention was drawn to the sport leading up to Mayweather’s 2007 super-fight with Oscar De La Hoya, and a fight with Pacquiao will be even bigger.
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said he hadn’t been contacted when asked about Mayweather’s desire to fight Manny and he didn’t seem too excited about the possibility.
“They are playing games,” Arum fired back after hearing Mayweather was trying to secure a fight with his top boxer. “You don’t negotiate this way. This is Floyd trying to move Manny out of the spotlight. This is no way to negotiate a fight. The MGM on May 5th? Who the hell is Floyd to say that? I know they are not serious. We put Floyd in a corner when we made it crystal clear that the issue of drug testing is over. So he comes out and makes this statement? Nobody even knows if he is going to be around in May.”