MANILA, Philippines – The much-requested fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will have a tremendous impact on the world, legendary boxing promoter Don King predicted.
King, who is rumored to be taking part in the Pacquiao-Mayweather negotiations, said the super showdown would be “universal.”
“It would transcend earthly bounds,” he told Lem Satterfield of FanHouse.com.
“With what I have in mind for Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao, if I’m fortunate enough to be able to be a part of it and to be able to get Floyd, I’m looking at something that would be so stupendous that it would boggle the mind,” he added.
Mayweather is reportedly eyeing to sign with King’s boxing promotional company.
“It would be something that would bring billions of people together. It would be noted as a sporting event, but it would really be a humanitarian event,” King stated. “It would be somewhere where there would be fifteen hundred thousand people on the scene like we did with the Rumble in the Jungle.”
King was referring to the October 30, 1974 fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman which he promoted.
Ali knocked out Foreman in the 8th round of their 15-round bout in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) to win the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight belts.
|Boxing promoter Don King
But before making more pronouncements on the Mayweather-Pacquiao clash, King reminded that he has yet to enter the picture.
“But if I get it then, you can ask me that question,” he told FanHouse.com. “But I would make it, what we call in the ghetto, something kind of wonderful. And I think that Bob Arum and I could put it together.”
Arum, who is Pacquiao’s promoter, already expressed optimism that the Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight could finally happen if King joins the negotiating table.
Arum and King have co-promoted several boxing events. (Read: Arum: Pacquiao-Mayweather possible with Don King)
Negotiations for the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout fell apart twice. The boxing megastars were supposed to fight on March 13 and November 13.
Pacquiao defeated Ghanaian Joshua Clottey by unanimous decision on March 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The 7-division world champion retained his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title.
On May 1, Mayweather scored a unanimous decision victory over Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao is slated to fight Mexican Antonio Margarito on November 13. – With a report from Lem Satterfield, FanHouse.com