After years of anticipation, the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight might be close to becoming a reality.
At least that’s what boxing legend “Sugar” Ray Leonard thinks.
"I've heard from some very reliable sources that the fight's gonna come to fruition; it's gonna happen, Leonard said during a recent interview with FightHype.com. It's gonna be a fight that will break all records...I can't wait to witness that...it's on the brink of becoming reality...although it's years later, I still want to see it.”
Pacquiao also recently claimed that he has accepted all of Mayweather’s terms.
There have been lots of rumors circulating around about a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight being closed to being finalized for May 2, Floyd’s standard Cinco de Mayo weekend outing, and Leonard is a well-respected figure in the boxing community who has no reason to make stories up.
Mayweather is coming off a masterful performance against Marcos Maidana, while Pacquiao handed Chris Algieri his first loss as a professional boxer during his last outing.
Hopefully, the bout does become a reality sometime soon, but, for now, it’s probably best not to hold your breath waiting for the super-fight to happen.
Mayweather’s was still recently quoted saying all the rumors going around are false, even though he tends to do that before announcing big fights.
"We're trying, but it's been extremely difficult dealing with Top Rank,” Mayweather explained during a call to DJ Whoo Kid‘s “The Whoolywood Shuffle” (transcription from Fighthype.com). “I don't want to sit right here and point the finger at Pacquiao and say it's him, because it's not Pacquiao. It's his promoter [Bob Arum]. So a lot of times when Pacquiao say, 'Oh, I agree.' You don't have nothing to do with this. You're not a boss. On the chess board, you're a pawn."
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.