The flirtation considers. When, if ever, the act will be consummated, we don't know.
Manny Pacquiao's advisor Michael Koncz told me that promoter Bob Arum left the Philippines on Saturday, after a final meeting. Koncz said he and Manny will chat about the foes Arum laid out before them for a late May-June Pacquiao bout, and that the Congressman will announce his next ring opponent perhaps by the end of next week.
And, I asked Koncz, is Floyd Mayweather still in the mix? Or is Manny choosing from a list of Lamont Peterson, Tim Bradley and Miguel Cotto, with Juan Manuel Marquez seemingly out of contention for now?
"No comment," Koncz said.
So...the flirtation continues.
By the way, I chatted with Freddie Roach Wednesday. Pacquiao's trainer said that in his view that troublesome on Manny's right eye which occurred in the November Marquez fight has healed well enough for him to fight the end of May or June. Arum had said a doctor indicated that it would be wise to let the cut heal for more time.
I'm guessing that Pacman-Mayweather for end of May is not in the mix; as Roach pointed out to me, a longer time to promote the event would be optimal. We're halfway through January, leaving February, March and April for tubthumping. To me, that's enough time, since this thing promoters itself, and Floyd on Twitter is marketing gold, but these guys will want to maximize the promotional efforts to maximize revenue, because the fighters will want maximum revenue.
I'm a positive fella, or try to be, so I'm thinking we'll see Mayweather-Pacquiao in November. Here's hoping we get that event to give thanks for then, at least...I still worry that as long as the Pacquiao defamation suit is alive, against Floyd, that these two will not sign on to meet each other. Both men need to offer some concessions, show some willingness to bend, to compromise, if this thing is to get done. So far, we have not seen any hint of that, really. But I will keep hope alive.
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