Boxing superstars Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao came face to face yesterday at an NBA game in Miami.
The legendary welterweights met at centre court of a Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks game, and Pacquiao confirmed that they swapped numbers.
“He gave me his number to me and said we will communicate with each other.”
According to Pacquiao’s representative the meeting was not planned, and happened by chance as both are now to enjoy Miami Heat.
The pair have never met face to face in ring or out, but a fight - which has the potential to be the richest in boxing history - has been long awaited for many years. There have been talks since 2009 but negotiations have repeatedly broken down.
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Manny Pacquiao, 36, is the WBO belt holder, while Mayweather, 37, is the WBC and WBA champion.
Both fighters are considered to be two of the greatest of their generation and will go on to be hall of famers after retirement.
Mayweather's current record stands at 47-0 with 38 KOs while Manny Pacquiao is 57-5-2 with 38 KOs.
Mayweather said last month he’s ready to fight in May, a statement which Pacquiao responded to on twitter, saying that it is time "to give the fans the fight they want." Ramping up the hype further Paquiao tweeted:
Pacquiao has claimed that he’s agreed to all of the demands including a 60-40 split in money in favour of the American, as well as Mayweather's strict blood testing demands.
The Pound-for-pound king is due to announce his next opponent after the Super Bowl this weekend. The only other potential fights other than Pacquiao would be a rematch with Miguel Cotto.
If Floyd Mayweather does announce a rematch with Miguel Cotto, then it is believed that Manny Pacquioa will fight Amir Khan, who he met last week in London to discuss a showdown in 2015.