Efforts to stage a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather superfight is heating up.
Somebody with knowledge of the negotiations told InterAKTV on Thursday afternoon that they are receiving regular updates on the talks to set up Pacquiao and Mayweather for a blockbuster duel in mid-2012.
“Something is going on,” said the insider.
The same source said Pacquiao definitely wants to take on Mayweather next, instead of colliding in a fourth fight with Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez, whom the Filipino champion beat via a 12-round majority decision last November 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that everything will turn out well,” added the insider.
Pacquiao is currently in General Santos City and is due to travel back to Manila this Saturday to attend the friendly match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Philippine national men’s football team at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
Promoter Bob Arum earlier said that a group of investors have expressed their desire to see Pacquiao and Mayweather get it on, in what will be the richest fight in the history of prizefighting.
In case the Mayweather project fizzles out again, there will be no other choice but to arrange a fourth fight with Marquez, a matchup that will disappoint many of Pacquiao’s fans who have been craving all these years for a showdown between the Pinoy champ and the undefeated 34-year-old American.