Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao. Will the fight ever happen?
Boxing fans still dare to dream. Dare to dream of a fight that puts together two of the best pound for pound fighters of this century in the same ring.
No longer dreaming?
Those dreams have yet to turn into a reality that sees Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao trade blows as they go toe to toe.
But certain news this week will give both Mayweather and Pacquiao fans hope that something incredible is about to happen.
I know what you're thinking. We have heard it all before. There's always throw away comments about a possible fight every month. Then a rapper gives their view on the outcome, or better still, Mike Tyson pops up and labels Pacquiao "a masterful boxer".
But these comments are not just there to create a good headline. There's real substance because the man speaking is Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, and he thinks Mayweather will bite the bullet and agree to a deal sooner rather than later.
"With Showtime wanting the fight and HBO wanting it and Manny and Top Rank wanting the fight, there is one little step to take and that's to see where Floyd stands and we're optimistic that this time, Floyd will bite the bullet and do the fight on equitable terms," Arum told the Philippine-based website Manila Bulletin, according to reports. "They (HBO and Showtime) can find a way to promote and satisfy both sides from a legal basis," he added.
Arum was speaking during preparations for Pacquiao's upcoming fight against Chris Algeri.
Currently, Pacquiao is focused on further regaining his standing as a world wide leading boxer after a turbulent couple of years damaged his reputation.
Big fights for both coming up
While Pacquiao's reputation faltered and then relighted last fall, Mayweather's has simply gone from strength to strength.
Mayweather remains undefeated, unlike Pacquiao, but the money maker will have to prove his worth again against Marcos Maidana on September 13th, after their tight bout in May went the distance before a majority decision went Mayweather's way.
It is essential that both Mayweather and Pacquiao win their next fight before their long awaited bout takes place, if it gets that far.
And if and when it does finally come to fruition, boxing fans will revel in the most highly anticipated fight of the 21st century.