Pacquiao-Mayweather announcement watch on ‘red alert’

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'Optimism at an all-time high that Pacquiao-Mayweather is near finish line. From what I hear virtually all lingering issues resolved,' says Sports Illustrated boxing writer Chris Mannix

FINALLY? Reports are saying that an announcement to match the two most decorated fighters of this generation is near. File photos by Showtime Boxing and Team Pacquiao/Mike Young

MANILA, Philippines – As the world continues its seemingly endless anticipation of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather fight announcement, leading American boxing writers scrambled on word that one could be coming soon.

ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael tweeted early on Friday morning, February 20 (Manila time) that after a “busy morning” he was moving his Pacquiao-Mayweather “threat level” to red.

“There is severe risk this fight will be finalized,” said Rafael.

Rafael’s tweet was followed shortly by Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, who released a similar message.

“Optimism at an all-time high that Pacquiao-Mayweather is near finish line. From what I hear virtually all lingering issues resolved,” wrote Mannix.

Mannix adds: “Source involved with Pacquiao-Mayweather talks on a possible announcement: ‘Ask Floyd.’ By all accounts, negotiations are done.”

Much of the public remains leery after several false announcements, but the only party who can make an official confirmation is Mayweather, who seems in no rush to alleviate the suspense.

The fight, which would be scheduled for May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, would exceed all prior financial records in the sport.

Rafael tweets that the price for a pay-per-view would be “greater than usual” but that a price has yet to be set. He also reports that the joint HBO/Showtime telecast would feature 3 bouts, with one co-feature being made by Pacquiao’s promoter Top Rank and the other by Mayweather Promotions.

Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire said on his Twitter account that the fight would be a one-off without a rematch clause.

Meanwhile, the only person whose social media accounts mattered continued to post content of little consequence as Mayweather shared an Instagram of his “Money Team” wrist bands and a follow-up video to his earlier basketball clip that came after Pacquiao scored his first PBA point with the KIA Carnival on Wednesday night.

While the window to promote a fight effectively is getting smaller, it isn’t closed nearly yet. Last year, Mayweather announced his May 3 bout against Marcos Maidana on his February 24 birthday. –

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