BASKETBALL has succeeded where boxing has failed and brought Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao together for the first time.
The welterweights both attended the Miami Heat-Milwauke Bucks game on Tuesday night, and sat facing each other, on opposing sides of the arena. At half-time, the two fighters came together for a brief discussion.
“He gave his number to me and said we will communicate with each other,” Pacquiao said, according to The Associated Press.
The Filipino had never before met Mayweather – despite appearing on Floyd’s undercard in 2001 – but they have spoken on the phone.
The rivals have been linked together for many years. The subject of a fight between the pair has grown tiresome due to their incessant failure to agree terms but hopes were raised – yet again – this year when both indicated they wanted the fight.
Negotiations are believed to be ongoing but rumours are rife that world middleweight boss Miguel Cotto – whom Mayweather decisioned in May 2012 – is ready to step in and fight the unbeaten American instead.
An announcement is expected in the next few days.