A potential super bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Filipino icon Manny Pacquaio could still happen, according to Top Rank CEO and legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum.
A contest between two boxers who are widely considered to be the finest of the current generation has been spoken about since 2009, but the two camps failed to reach an initial agreement amid tiresome quarrels over blood testing.
As the years have progressed, hopes that the pair would one day go toe-to-toe have gradually dwindled.
Mayweather, who remains unbeaten with a phenomenal 45-0 record, is now 36-years-old while Pacquiao's future was the subject of much speculation prior to his superb victory over American Brandon Rios earlier this month.
However, according to Arum, the fight can still happen. In fact, the 82-year-old even went as far as to say it would be 'stupid' if it did not eventually come to pass.
"Yes, if people stop posturing," he was quoted by USA Today after being asked if the fight could still be made.
"Absolutely. It can happen. It's stupid if it doesn't happen. They owe it to the sport. What, is Mayweather going to fight Amir Khan? Who gives a (expletive)? We've announced we're willing to make anything happen.
Now somebody has got to contact us so we can sit down and explore how it can happen. Isn't that the way normal people deal? You can't wave a wand. I've said unequivocally, we're ready to sit down and see if a deal can be reached," he added.
Mayweather, whose most recent victory came against Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas in September, is expected to announce his next opponent soon - with Britain's own Khan believed to be one of the frontrunners.