The rumors of Manny Pacquiao's fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. have churned for these past few weeks, but with no official announcement to appease fans.
The two camps are probably deadlocked on the final details, but it seems this impasse won't last forever. After years of mouthing off and ducking each other, the two superstars of the boxing world both attended the NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks at the American Airlines Arena.
Instead of being hostile toward each other, the two rivals surprised everyone by meeting each other after the game for a civil chat. In fact, they exchanged numbers, fueling speculations that the two fighters will now force their camps to push through with what would be the most highly anticipated fight of at least the past decade.
With the cameras and eyeballs firmly stuck on the two, they even managed to do a half hug before parting ways. During the game, the Miami Heat staff capitalized on Pacquiao and Mayweather's presence:
Later on, several sports writers confirmed that Money had approached Pac-Man precisely to make their fight happen. The Filipino also reportedly revealed that it was the first time he had spoken to Mayweather.
Pacquiao said he never spoke to Floyd in person before tonight. "He gave his number to me and said we will communicate with each other."— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) January 28, 2015
Manny Pacquiao says he is confident he’ll fight Mayweather. Also said this is the first time they have ever spoken.— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) January 28, 2015
If the two longtime champions do meet inside the ring on May 2, their fight would likely shatter PPV records and will go down as arguably the most high profile boxing match since Lennox Lewis knocked out Mike Tyson in 2002.