Manny Pacquiao has proven once again he fears no man in the ring and is eager to take on the toughest challenges put in front of him by agreeing to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. the undefeated boxer out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Bob Arum flew out to Manila to take care of a television deal with ABS-CBN a Philippine station but more importantly to discuss the terms and agreements for the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao super fight with his number one charge, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
Previous reports stated that Floyd Mayweather Jr. had already agreed to the contract terms for a March 13, 2010 super fight against Manny Pacquiao, but the Pacman was yet to agree due to a political seat he had previously expressed interest in running for and wanted the match to be pushed back to a later date since the election was in May.
Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao didn’t discuss the details of the contract but both were happy with the terms and looking forward to facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. in March. The contracts should be signed sometime next week.
Manny feels his body is well rested enough to take on Mayweather Jr. in March of 2010 after suffering a ruptured ear and hand injury during his Nov. 14, fight with Miguel Cotto.
Sources close to the negotiations say the fight will be at the 147 lb welterweight limit and the revenue split would be 50-50. Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, is pushing for 8 ounce punchers gloves instead of the 10 ounce gloves Mayweather Jr. usually wears in his fights.
Freddie Roach is currently in England training Amir Khan for his Dec 5th showdown with Jewish boxer Dmitriy Salita. Roach will start developing a strategy for Pacquiao right when he gets back to Los Angeles.
The fight would be televised on HBO pay per view and could break the previous all time pay per view record of 2.4 million buys set by Mayweather Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya.
Site location to host the event has yet to be announced. Las Vegas, Dallas Cowboys Staduim and New Orleans Superdome are still in consideration.
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