Miami Heat's game against the Milwaukee Bucks was something of a side show last night what with Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather both in attendance at the American Airlines Arena.
The two boxing greats came face to face for the first time court side with the world's media quick to snap shots of the rivals as they enjoyed their brief - apparently accidental - meeting.
Now though it has emerged that discussions between the two fighters, and their respective representatives, continued later on on Tuesday night in a nearby hotel room.
Michael Koncz, an advisor to Manny Pacquiao, divulged to ESPN today that the pair held talks lasting over one hour regarding a potential May 2nd bout:
"It was very pleasant and very encouraging, and we give Floyd credit for coming over...That's the first time they ever sat eye to eye." - Koncz on the historic meeting
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With negotiations for the huge fight at their most advanced stage yet it appears all signs are positive at this stage and that fact was in evidence in what has been deemed as a tension free meeting.
With both boxer's representatives doing their best to thrash out a deal it looks like Floyd Mayweather himself voiced two particulars concerns to Pacquiao in their hotel rendezvous. The two issues concern TV network coverage of the bout with Pacquiao's Time Warner/HBO deal and Mayweather's Showtime contract meaning a joint pay-per-view deal must be agreed upon.
"I told Floyd I would call Bob (Arum) in the morning and I did that and discussed them with Bob and he assured us they have been worked out.
"I said to Floyd, and Manny agreed, that if those are the only two broadcasting issues, we would take care of them."
With Manny Pacquiao placing a January deadline on fight negotiations it appears that fate has given boxing fans the world over hope that it will finally come to fruition.
That is because had the snow blizzard currently reaking havoc in the northeast of the US not occured this week then Pacquiao would not have been in Miami last night at all.
"Koncz said they had planned to travel to New York after the pageant but with a blizzard hitting the Northeast, they decided to stay in Miami for a few extra days."
With less than a week to go before January turns to February it looks like everyone, including the fights themselves, are doing their best to get the fight on. But while face to face negotiations were pleasant enough in the hotel surroundings it is safe to say that come May 2nd there might be a slightly different atmosphere in the air.
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