Roger Mayweather believes that his nephew could indeed be facing Manny Pacquiao on May 5. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
In a report from Chris Robinson of the Examiner, Roger Mayweather has confirmed that Manny Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz was recently in Las Vegas to meet with Team Mayweather, and a fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr was indeed discussed.
"The fight is too big not to happen. The fight is too big for the world not to see it. Since the fight is too big for the world to not see it, the fight has to happen. It ain't like Floyd won’t fight Manny Pacquiao. And I don’t think Manny Pacquiao would say he don’t want to fight Floyd."
And Roger did confirm that he had met up with Koncz, but it doesn’t appear that they first crossed paths at the gym.
"Michael Koncz? You mean Pacquiao’s manager? Yeah, I was here. I was with him at the hotel."
All of this is a fairly big change in tone from Roger, who has often said in the past that he didn't see the fight happening. These negotiations, whatever they are, are real in the sense that they've happened.
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How real, and how much weight they should be given, is another story. At this point, it's kind of impossible to tell if there's any legitimate progress, or if this is just another round of talks where nothing is really achieved.
Still, they've gotten fairly far into negotiations in the past. It's a 50-50 money fight, and everyone knows that. There will be drug testing if it happens, and everyone knows that. Most of the big stuff has been agreed to in prior talks.