Manny Pacquiao to Floyd Mayweather Jr.: ‘#LetsMakeFistory’
With a few hours left in 2014, Manny Pacquiao made what may be his final plea of the year to Floyd Mayweather Jr. toward making their highly-anticipated mega bout a reality.
“The ball will drop at midnight to usher in 2015,” read a message on Pacquiao’s Twitter account on Wednesday. “@Floyd Mayweather, let’s not not drop the ball on fighting each other next year! #LetsMakeFistory.”
Pacquiao’s assertion followed an earlier response to Mayweather’s that he “would love to fight Manny Pacquiao” on May 2, a date the RING’s No. 1-pound-for-pound fighter called “Cinco de Mayweather” during a Dec. 12 interview on Showtime in which Mayweather also said he “wanted that fight a long time ago.”
“Mayweather can get the amount he wants,” Pacquiao responded on Dec. 16. “Money is not the issue in our fight.”
THE RING’s 147- and 154-pound champion, Mayweather is currently aligned with Showtime, having fought four of six bouts stipulated by a multimillion-dollar agreement he signed with the network and its parent company, CBS Corporation.
Officials from Showtime and HBO, the latter of which has televised most of Pacquiao’s fights, have reportedly discussed a joint venture between the networks similar to that which facilitated the fight between undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson in June 2002.
Lewis scored an eighth-round stoppage victory over Tyson in the bout. Lewis and Tyson were affiliated with HBO and Showtime, respectively, at the time.
Key aides are reportedly working for Mayweather and Pacquiao, with CBS Corporation Chief Executive Leslie Moonves bringing the two sides together.