Tuesday night, after a courtside meeting between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao at halftime of the Miami Heat-Milwaukee Bucks game in Miami, the buzz was that the two fighters had a private meeting at Pacquiao’s hotel suite.
Wednesday morning, it was confirmed by Pacquiao adviser, Michael Koncz that Floyd and Manny did, indeed, have a private meeting and that things went well enough to entertain the thought of optimism in making the long-awaited Mayweather-Pacquiao mega-fight.
Koncz, via various website interviews, stated that the meeting was cordial, professional, and fruitful in helping identify the issues still impeding the fight from happening.
Among the issues, Koncz mentioned Mayweather’s concern over broadcast-related issues, given that he has an exclusive contract with Showtime good for at least two more fights.
According to the long-time Pacquiao confidante, the issues were not overly difficult to deal with and that a few Thursday morning phone calls were made by him to resolve the potential roadblocks.
“I have no reason as of this moment to doubt Floyd’s sincerity to make this fight happen,” Koncz told RingTV.com. “My feeling is that I know that Manny wants the fight, and I believe that Floyd is being sincere when he says that he wants the fight.
“I have no reason to doubt his sincerity at this point in time. Is that going to change tomorrow? I don’t know, but at this point in time, I believe that he is being sincere.
“So I believe that Floyd wants to make the fight happen. So if Manny wants to make the fight happen, and Floyd wants to make the fight happen, then nobody can stop this from happening, and I told this to Floyd and Manny last night.
“Bob Arum can’t stop the fight. Showtime can not stop the fight. HBO cannot stop it. I believe that the fight will be made if the two fighters want it to happen, and my belief, after watching them together, is that’s they both want the fight. So I believe that the fight is going to happen.”