Op-Ed: Manny Pacquiao could fight Mayweather at least twice this year

Posted Jan 26, 2015 by Leo Reyes
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has given Floyd Mayweather until the end of this month to sign the contract for their long-delayed fight which Mayweather had calendared for May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
COUNTDOWN: Welterweight boxer Manny Pacquiao appears at NCAA opening ceremonies at the Araneta Colis...
COUNTDOWN: Welterweight boxer Manny Pacquiao appears at NCAA opening ceremonies at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines, in 2011.
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If Mayweather signs the contract within this week, chances are they will face each other in the ring at least twice this year.
While a rematch clause was reportedly included in the draft contract to assure Mayweather of a rematch should he lose on the first fight, there is no assurance for Pacquiao to get a second chance should Mayweather win.
But depending on the outcome of the bout, the highly-hyped fight could become a mini series like the long-running Pacquiao-Marquez fight in which a fifth fight is still being talked about.
A second fight would most likely happen especially if Pacquiao wins the first fight. But the succeeding fights would really depend on the quality of the fight and the excitement that it brings to the fans.
A win by Mayweather in the first fight could also be the end of the Mayweather-Pacquiao saga as the unbeaten American may invoke a certain provision in the rematch clause that does not allow a rematch if he wins the first fight. This is assuming that there is such a provision in the clause as no one knows how the rematch clause is worded except his lawyers or official representatives.
Mayweather and Pacquiao have yet to officially announce their fight but all indications point to the superfight fight happening on May 2,.
While Pacquiao has been promoting his documentary film "Manny," in the US and making time for a brief visit to England to honor an invitation from Prince Harry in London, Mayweather is gearing up for a week-long trip to Australia to visit his fans there and do some promotional appearance in Melbourne and other key cities.
Speculations are high that Mayweather will break the news in Australia this week that will get the fans excited after waiting for over five years for the fight that they have long wanted to see.
It is possible that Mayweather and Pacquiao have already agreed on the terms and conditions of the fight but they may have opted to withhold the announcement to gain more advertising and promotional mileage.