MANILA, Philippines – A mega-fight between boxing's pound-for-pound kings Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. may happen in 2013, according to Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum.
Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, told Ronnie Nathanielsz of Boxing Scene that he will explore all possible options when discussing the Filipino boxer’s next fight.
"Obviously, I don't think that Mayweather... will be prepared to fight this year," Arum said, citing the unbeaten American’s incarceration.
"It looks like he will be in prison for at least one or two more months,"” he said.
"So I think if the Mayweather fight happens, it would probably happen sometime next year."
Mayweather was sentenced to 87 days in jail following a guilty plea to a 2010 domestic violence charge. His request to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest was recently denied by a Las Vegas judge.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, is coming off a highly controversial loss to another unbeaten American, Timothy Bradley Jr., a fight that majority of boxing fans and media believe he won.
Arum said people from Mayweather's camp cannot "commit him now for a fight, because you don't understand how debilitating it is living in prison."
Pacquiao, for his part, will have another fight this year, most likely on November 10. A rematch with Bradley is an option, as well as a fourth fight against Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
"Pacquiao will have another fight this year and then look forward to maybe fighting two fights with Mayweather next year," Arum said.