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Mayweather vs Pacquiao: 'Progress' being made on boxing's super fight

Dare we dream? We dare!

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

According to a report at the Los Angeles Times, there is some forward movement on a potential fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, though certainly far from anything official. Still, here's what has been agreed to so far:

  • Venue, as the fight if it happens will be held, as one would expect, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
  • Drug testing, a former "big roadblock" for the fight. The plan has been settled.

So that's big news, because that's two less, things basically. The report indicates that HBO, which has Pacquiao under contract, and Showtime, which has Mayweather under contract, would still need to work out specifics on their end, but there's so much money in this fight that it's all but 100% certain that they'd be able to figure it out, as they did in 2002 for Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson. Lewis was with HBO and Tyson with Showtime at the time that fight was made, and it broke PPV and revenue records at the time. This fight is even bigger, so it's a no-brainer for the networks.

The fight is reportedly being targeted for May or June, with the anonymous source saying "the calendar is a factor." Given it's mid-January, June might make the most sense, and this is not a fight that needs a "special weekend" like Cinco De Mayo. It will sell huge whenever.

Are we going to see the fight this year? Maybe, and that's a lot better than it seemed a few months ago.

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