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Mayweather and Pacquiao meet in private following on-court face-to-face

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After they met up at mid-court following a Heat-Bucks game in Miami, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao also met in private.

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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao spent about an hour together in Pacquiao's hotel room last night, following a face-to-face meeting after a Miami Heat vs Milwaukee Bucks game in Miami, according to reports.

Adviser Michael Koncz of Team Pacquiao called the meeting "encouraging":

"It was very pleasant and very encouraging, and we give Floyd credit for coming over. That's the first time they ever sat eye to eye. I've met Floyd many times, but he and Manny had never had a chance to meet. They talked at halftime, but this was a longer, more serious meeting. You could tell by their body language that this was very positive. It was for a good hour or more. It was a business meeting, but it wasn't a tense business meeting. I think that's because they both have mutual respect for each other. We'll determine what will happen over the next couple of days."

This is a much bigger deal than the two exchanging cell phone numbers in public, as it indicates that there is serious interest on both sides to make the fight that boxing fans have been waiting for since 2009.

The ESPN.com report says that Mayweather had two specific issues about the potential broadcast. Koncz, not wanting to get in the way of potential HBO and Showtime discussions to handle the bout together on pay-per-view, declined to name those, but said he called Bob Arum this morning, and that those two issues could and would be easily worked out in the event of the fight coming to fruition.

Does this news get your hopes up any more than they were?