Floyd Mayweather WILL fight Manny Pacquiao - his father is certain of it.
Mayweather has two fights left on his six-fight deal with Showtime and there is nothing that the fans want to see more than a Mayweather v Pacquiao showdown in Las Vegas.
Mayweather Senior's claims
Mayweather is yet to to officially announce his next opponent, but his father - who is also his trainer - has guaranteed that a fight against Pacquiao will happen. With the statement not coming from Mayweather himself, his father is the next best source:
"It's gonna happen. That fight's gonna happen. Trust me," Floyd Mayweather Sr. told fighthype.com. "That fight's definitely gonna happen. It's a fight for the world, man, right there. It's the biggest fight that has ever been in life, so like I said man, that fight's gonna happen."
Whilst Mayweather Sr was adamant that his son hasn't told him if the fight is in his plans - with Mayweather expected to retire after his next two fights - all the signs point to the Filipino:
"[I'll] tell you right now, he never told me the fight's gonna happen, but ... the fight's gonna happen. You mark my words and we'll see."
Mayweather's team has been the problem
Pacquiao is currently preparing for a fight with American Chris Algieri and refused to comment on the speculation, saying he had to focus on his upcoming bout. However, Pacquiao's trainers are reportedly tired of the Mayweather camp's antics after initial negotiations about a fight between the two stars fell through in 2009/10.
Back in October, Pacquiao stated that he still hopes to fight the unbeaten Mayweather but went on to say that Mayweather was the one preventing the fight from happening:
"The possibility to fight with him, you know, the question is not for us," Pacquiao said. "It's for them because any time we are willing to fight, any time. I think that question belongs to them, their camp."
The 47-0 Mayweather isn't against the idea, but has kept his cards close to his chest in recent weeks. He defeated Marcos Maidana for the second time on September 13th but and has since said he would 'talk to his team' about his next opponent and if the Pacquiao fight is on the cards, 'let's make it happen.'
One thing is for sure, the world wants to see this fight. It has the potential to smash PPV records and would sell out easily, in a matter of minutes but does The Best Ever want to play it safe so he can ride of in to the sunset with a 49-0 record?