Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are reportedly close to an agreement to step into the ring again. While we’ve had rumors floating around for the last few days, a concrete report surfaced early Monday morning that made it far more real.
Ring Magazine senior writer Mike Coppinger posted this:
Pacquiao and Mayweather tangled the first time on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas, and Floyd won a unanimous decision, 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110. Pacquiao is now 39 and Mayweather turned 41 in February. Despite that, there will almost certainly still be interest in the fight among their long-time followers.
The target dates of December 1 and December 8 are interesting if Las Vegas is the target (Mayweather refuses to fight anywhere else). According to Las Vegas Sun reporter Mick Akers, T-Mobile Arena is booked on both dates, while MGM Grand is booked on December 1. December 8 is open at MGM Grand but it is the first day of the National Finals Rodeo, which would make it a nightmare logistically.
There are other options, but no real good ones. Maybe the Thomas & Mack Center, but that certainly won’t carry the glamour of fighting right near The Strip.
I’m sure there is a plan in place and there will likely be enough money involved that a suitable venue could be found. It’s just odd that there isn’t a clear open date among the targets.
Another thing to consider is the upcoming heavyweight clash between undefeated sluggers Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. That bout is also expected to take place in December in Las Vegas. Oh, and top pound-for-pound contender Vasyl Lomachenko will continue his quest to unify the lightweight titles against Jose Pedraza on December 1 in Los Angeles.
So it will be a very crowded calendar around when Mayweather and Pacquiao want to fight. It should be interesting to see how this plays out.