Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have finally met – in person.
And now talks might get serious about them meeting in the boxing ring.
Mayweather and Pacquiao were both sitting courtside, directly across from one another, at a Miami Heat NBA game on Tuesday night.
Mayweather went over to Pacquiao at halftime, the men shook hands and chatted briefly, then exchanged phone numbers.
Asked to clarify if the exchange meant the two fighters would negotiate directly about meeting in the ring, Pacquiao said that was the case.
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Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has long been reported to be a stumbling block in negotiating the fight, so being able to call Mayweather directly may be useful.
Mayweather did not respond to a question asked by an AP reporter.
“Not now,” one of his security guards said, as Mayweather fiddled with his phone.