Mayweather, Pacquiao blockbuster fight nearly finalised

Yahoo!7 December 2, 2009, 2:41 pm
Mayweather, Pacquiao blockbuster fight nearly finalised

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The much-anticipated bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is all but set for March 13, a source told Yahoo! Sports.

Mayweather has agreed to terms and promoter Bob Arum is making a trip to Manila, Philippines, to finalize a deal with Pacquiao, the source said.

Las Vegas, Dallas and New Orleans are the front-runners to host the bout, which is expected to become the highest-grossing boxing match in the sport's history.

Pacquiao is the top pound-for-pound fighter in nearly every major ranking, including Yahoo! Sports. Mayweather is No. 2 in most rankings and was No. 1 in nearly all of the polls before he briefly retired in June 2008.

Pacquiao is coming off a 12th-round stoppage of Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, a bout in which he won the World Boxing Organization welterweight championship and erased fears that he is not a legitimate welterweight.

Cotto was a legitimate welterweight in his prime and Pacquiao dominated, knocking him down twice and cruising to the one-sided victory.

Mayweather routed Juan Manuel Marquez, who had previously been ranked No. 2 in the Yahoo! Sports poll, in a Sept. 19 fight at the MGM Grand.

The public demand for the fight has been enormous, putting pressure on Arum and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who represents Mayweather, to get a deal done.

Promoters had targeted May 1 for the fight almost from the moment that Pacquiao stopped Cotto. But Pacquiao filed Tuesday to run for Congress in the Philippines and the election will be held on May 10.

Given that, the bout with Mayweather had to be moved up to March 13 or pushed back until September.

Though there were reports that Arum was considering matching Pacquiao with new WBO super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman on March 13 in Dallas, that was a diversionary move and was never serious, the source said.

A survey team from Top Rank will inspect Dallas Cowboys Stadium as a possible venue. The MGM Grand Garden Arena and the New Orleans Superdome are also in the running to host the mega-fight, the source said.

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Who would you back in the blockbuster showdown? Leave a comment below.

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  1. William10:35am Thursday 03rd December 2009 ESTReport Abuse

    I think Manny should concentrate on boxing & leave politics alone. He will always be regarded as a boxer & not a politician.

  2. rosalynd t12:30am Thursday 03rd December 2009 ESTReport Abuse

    Manny Pacman is a legend of World Boxing Federation in ERA . 7 Title you must be joking!!!!I Is there anyone can do this.. He breaks the record of Boxing. Well Done Pac man stay humble and be yourself. Keep it up amigo. Were proud of you...Your Action speaks louder than words...

  3. Daniel11:03pm Wednesday 02nd December 2009 ESTReport Abuse

    never under estimate your enemy... this will be the match of the century!!!! Gaywithered = talented / ego money hungry loud mouth. Manny = determined... It can go both ways... BRING IT ON HATERS!!!

  4. bcunno10:51pm Wednesday 02nd December 2009 ESTReport Abuse

    Mayweather is coming out of retirement for the money? or ego?( he will be rusty and the Pacman is at his peak currently). In his prime Mayweather was a more complete ,skillfull and clever fighter and would have been too classy for the Pacman( more workmen like but tough as teak). This time I think the Pacman will win. I would like to have seen both in their prime.Still it should be a interesting bout.

  5. Sonia10:18pm Wednesday 02nd December 2009 ESTReport Abuse

    i think the pacman will be to fast for mayweather fighting from different angles pacman easy winner

  6. jonesmina10:18pm Wednesday 02nd December 2009 ESTReport Abuse

    No doubt? Pacquio!!! is the best fighter ever.

  7. Michael09:03pm Wednesday 02nd December 2009 ESTReport Abuse

    the greatest defensive fighter of this era (mayweather) against one of the best offensive fighters of this era (pacquiao) it's gonna be an amazing fight i'm a big fan of both but i'm leaning towards mayweather slightly based on his amazing defense and intelligence but he's never faced anything like pacman before so we'll see???

  8. ulrich08:21pm Wednesday 02nd December 2009 ESTReport Abuse

    The humble people always prevails. It's the ability and determination that prevails. People are born equal and as long as you fight fair and squarely, winner takes it all. Do not forget Pacquioa, this is boxing, a gentleman sport.

  9. Annabelle05:47pm Wednesday 02nd December 2009 ESTReport Abuse

    We're not talking about the "height" here, a matter of the saying SMALL BUT TERRIBLE... Pacquiao represents a good word meaning in the Philippines,"TAKING ALL" OF THE WINNINGS of course! As Hillary Clinton said is there any doubt? Of course it's Pacman!

  10. Veron05:26pm Wednesday 02nd December 2009 ESTReport Abuse

    We're looking forward for this fight. Hurray to Pacquio!!!