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Could boxing’s superbout finally be on the horizon?After years of ducking the question, Floyd Mayweather Jr. said Wednesday that he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao on May 5, 2012.
“We’re looking for Pacquiao,” Mayweather said. “We want Pacquiao to take the test. We just want to give the fans and the people around the world what they want to see.”
Boxing fans have wanted to see this fight ever since negotiations began in Nov. 2009. But the past two years has seen more fighting through the media than in the ring. Mayweather has repeatedly demanded full drug testing without a cutoff date, a stance Pacquiao’s camp has finally agreed to.
Pacquiao has never backed off his eagerness to make this fight happen. The same cannot be said for Mayweather. Until now.
Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather’s advisor, said his team is “looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is, the little fella.”
A fight between boxing’s top pound-for-pound fighters would be a pay-per-view bonanza.
Mayweather will be 35 by the time of the fight while Pacquiao will be 33. They are running out of time. And patience among boxing fans is wearing thin.
The final hurdle may be Pacquiao’s Nov. 12 fight against Juan Manual Marquez. Assuming he wins, the most anticipated fight in boxing history may finally happen.
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