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Manny Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz, has revealed that talks were positive with Floyd Mayweather and he insists “nobody can stop this” fight from happening.
The pair met for the first time at an NBA game earlier this week and they also met in private at Pacquiao’s hotel suite later that night to discuss terms of the fight.
It is understood that there were two issues regarding the broadcasters that were still being negotiated, but the general consensus is that the pair are edging closer to announcing the bout.
Pacquiao has maintained for the past fortnight that he is merely waiting for Mayweather to sign the contract, but the American has insisted that Pac-Man has no say so in negotiations as Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is the man discussing the deal and there is no contract yet.
However, Koncz has given some insight into how talks went on Tuesday, and it seems as though things aren’t too far off from being agreed to see them in the ring against each other on May 2.
“I think Floyd is sincere about wanting the fight, I really do,” Koncz told Yahoo. “I know Manny has wanted it and he’s ready to fight and has been for a while. So I’m very optimistic.
“For the most part, it was just Floyd, Manny and I in the room and it was a very good conversation.
“Nobody can stop this. I can’t stop it. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum can’t stop it, HBO can’t stop it, Showtime can’t and Mayweather’s advisor Al Haymon can’t. The only ones who can stop it are Floyd and Manny and right now they’re both saying they want the fight.
“We’re treating him as the A side in this because we just want to get it done and we want to give the fans what they’ve been asking for, for years.”
Pacquiao has reportedly agreed to a 60-40 purse split in favour of his opponent, the venue, date and drug-testing plan and there are rumours that the announcement could come on Super Bowl Sunday.
With Mayweather (Showtime) and Pacquiao (HBO) agreeing to the fight, the broadcasters are also said to be in agreement over a joint pay-per-view telecast and so this soap opera could well be nearing its end.