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A long-time confidant of adviser Al Haymon has revealed that an announcement to confirm Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao could be imminent.
Sam Watson is understood to be one of the few in the fighter’s tight-knit circle and although other sources have spoken anonymously through negotiations so far, he appeared open to discussing the talks.
“They’re putting it together now,” Watson said, according to the Guardian.
“They’re going to do a Showtime-HBO [joint pay-per-view] like they did last time with Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson. They’re working on the monies now and everything and they’ve got to work on to make it happen.
“I can’ wait. It’s going to be huge.”
Watson’s comments mark the first time that Mayweather’s camp has spoken about the possible fight after it was reported on Wednesday that Pacquiao had agreed to the terms of the bout.
The Filipino is understood to have agreed to a 60-40 purse split in favour of Mayweather while he was also content with the venue, date and drug-testing plan.
Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) has two bouts remaining on his six-fight contract with Showtime and CBS and he has come under pressure in recent times to face Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) after a string of underwhelming bouts as well as the two men being locked in talks since 2009 to finally settle their rivalry.
The fight would undoubtedly become the richest bout in the history of boxing as two of the ‘pound-for-pound’ best in the sport go head-to-head, but while the progress in talks is reassuring, there is seemingly still a long way to go before any announcement is made.
Watson was speaking at a news conference in New York as it was announced that NBC and Haymon Boxing were aligning to present “Premier Boxing Champions”, a return for the sport on prime-time network television.