Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Shoot, I wanna stop me, almost..
But Freddie Roach today seemed to me to be as optimistic as I’ve ever heard him about the prospects of a manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight being made, and for May, probably.
“I talked to Bob Arum yesterday,” the trainer told me today, while he watched his welter Chris Van Heerden, set to fight Friday on the first Roc Nation show, at the MSG Theater. “I think I’m getting close to saying it’s very close, I think we’re very close. We finally got Mayweather to speak back! That’s a good sign!”
We noted that Boxrec had the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight a go, for May 2, on Monday…and then that was taken down. Was that a flub…a pot stirrer…or a slight jumping of the gun, we discussed…
Roach told me he’s cool with Al Haymon, and wonders if he could maybe help this thing cross the finish line by getting on the horn with Al, as he was in mediator/facilitator mode when he brought Arum and Les Moonves together. “It’s close. I think I know for a fact that it’s closer than ever,” Roach said, repeating his theory that the Super Fight is thisclose to being cemented largely because Floyd wants all to know that his date is his date and nobody else can lay claim to it.
Hey, whatever is the catalyst to get us to the finish line after this endless period of flirtation, I will take it…
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