The roller-coaster ride in potentially pairing decorated champions Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao took a strange twist this week when it was revealed Mayweather Jr. called Pacquiao at his home. Even more intriguing, the two of them spoke for an undisclosed amount of time about the particulars of fighting on May 5 in Las Vegas.
Mayweather Jr. has actively lobbied for the bout to take place before he starts serving a 90 day jail sentence in June. Pacquiao’s camp had come out to say their client was not interested in taking the fight based on money/timing. Previously hold-ups in the much anticipated fight have typically involved similar issues or drug testing procedures.
News of the phone conversation was reported by ESPN.
While specifics of the call were not revealed, Pacquiao did tell a local television station that the two talked about splitting the purse 50-50 and how realistic it was to make the rhubarb on the date in question.
Mayweather Jr. holds an amazing 42-0 record in his storied, yet oft controversial, career including 26 victories by way of a strike-based stoppage. Comparably, Pacquiao is beloved in his country with beyond believable success in the ring featuring championships in multiple divisions and an overall mark of 54-3-2.