Not at center-ring, but court side at a Miami Heat game. The two pound-for-pound entrants were both coincidentally at the American Airlines Arena as the Heat played the Milwaukee Bucks when Mayweather and his Money Team walked to the other side of the court where Pacquiao was seated, Associated Press reports. Pacquiao38 knockouts and Mayweather Jr. The two parted with a brief hug.
Pacquiao, a born-again Christian, insists divine intervention ensured the fight will take place. The fight had been on in , then off after Pacquiao refused random drug tests.
Finally, we are on for a blockbuster. The two welterweights will meet May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden in a fight which may not be a thriller, but which will have the tills ringing.
This will break financial records at every level: pay per view, global sales and gate receipts.
This is a one-fight deal with no rematch clause. Opinions easily change with such money involved. Behind the scenes, this has been a titanic battle involving egos, self-interest and a long list of other fighters, television companies and promoters.
Pacquiao, who signed his half of the deal from his mansion in General Santos City, was still at his heavily-guarded gated compound in the Philippines when Mayweather broke the news on Friday.
On Wednesday, Pacquiao had learnt that his maternal grandmother had died aged 92, and he has spent several hours in the last two days visiting the coffin and praying at St Peters Chapel in the city on the island of Mindanao.
There were fears on Feb 10 that Mayweather was considering pulling out of the fight. It may have been a bargaining position.
As it stands, the pay-per-view production of the fight will be a collaborative effort between HBO and Showtime on a channel separate from the two networks.
All of us are thrilled to be able to deliver this event to boxing fans around the world. Mayweather vs Pacquiao has been a goal of ours since Floyd came to Showtime three years ago.