Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Mayweather releases video of pair in talks, saying 'we have to make this fight happen'

The negotiations continue for the super-fight

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Floyd Mayweather has released footage of his recent meeting with Manny Pacquiao, as the fight the world has been waiting six years to see edges ever closer to being announced.

In the video he posted on Instagram today, the unbeaten WBA and WBC welterweight champion Mayweather tells his long-term rival, the WBO titleist Pacquiao:

"I congratulate him [Pacquiao] on his career, he had a wonderful career, and I have had a wonderful career, but before we leave this sport of course we have to make this fight happen."

Watch the video below...

The two boxing greats, Mayweather, 37, and Pacquiao, 36, should have fought in 2009, but talks broke down because of numerous factors, including Pacquiao's refusal to take Olympic-style drug tests in the build up to the contest.

Recently the pair met for the first time at an NBA basketball game, and exchanged numbers as they negotiate the fight, proposed for 2 May.

Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said last week that only two issues remain before the fight is announced.

"We had four issues and we resolved two," said Arum. "Now we're working on resolving the other two. Unless something else comes up at the last minute, that's what my take is."


It has been reported that the big stumbling block is the broadcasting rights, as both fighters have contracts with rival networks -  Pacquiao with HBO, while Mayweather is on Showtime.

Mayweather (47-0) has just two fights left of his six-fight deal with Showtime, and has said that he plans to retire at the end of this year. He traditionally fights in the months of May and September.