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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao met for the first time face-to-face on Tuesday night and the latter revealed that they exchanged numbers and agreed to negotiate directly.
Both men attended the NBA game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat at the AA Arena on Tuesday, as they sat opposite each other in courtside seats.
At halftime, the pair were seen meeting briefly and in discussion, and Pacquiao has revealed what was talked about as they were seen together for the first time.
“He gave his number to me and said we will communicate with each other,” Pacquiao said, according to AP.
He added that he had never met Mayweather in person before as they have only previously talked on the phone and he appeared on one of Mayweather’s undercards back in 2001.
When asked if the exchange meant that the two would negotiate directly about meeting in the ring, Pacquiao said that was the case and so it appears as though we are potentially moving closer and closer to the bout being secured.
“We did meet and chat but I don’t want to say what we discussed,” Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser, who was with the boxers, said when reached by ESPN.com on his cellphone during halftime. “It was a private discussion. They had a private, friendly discussion, and that’s all I really want to say.”
Koncz added that it was a coincidence that both men were at the game, but sceptics have suggested that it was either all part of a plan to continue to drum up interest in the fight or Pacquiao’s camp knew that Mayweather would be there and wanted to talk.