Floyd Mayweather has been down this road before. He’s gleefully sat by and watched as the boxing community worked itself into a frenzy regarding the possibility that he might fight rival Manny Pacquiao.
The fight was pretty much a fantasy from the time it was first discussed in late 2009. Despite the voluminous number of words written about the possibility, it didn’t become serious until late 2014.
That’s when Leslie Moonves, the chairman, president and CEO of CBS, got Showtime, HBO, Mayweather manager Al Haymon and Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum together and began the slow process of working toward a deal.
The process accelerated when Pacquiao and Mayweather attended a Miami Heat game on Jan. 28, 2015, and then spoke later that night in Pacquiao’s hotel suite. Ultimately, they agreed to terms on Feb. 20, 2015, for what turned out to be a highly disappointing May 2, 2015 fight.
That comes to mind not only because the two-year anniversary of their agreement is next week, but also because of the most recent discussion of a potential fight between Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
It’s been an on-again, off-again story for about the past nine months, but it took the spotlight Tuesday after a pair of reports suggested it could occur.