What went down at Pacquiao-Mayweather meet up

LOS ANGELES – Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao arrived in Los Angeles late Wednesday night after a much-publicized meeting with American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. at an NBA game on Tuesday.

Pacquiao and Mayweather exchanged phone numbers during halftime of the game between the Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks, and then met in the Filipino’s hotel room for about an hour reportedly to discuss their hotly anticipated mega fight.

Pacquiao could only spare two words when asked about his meeting with Mayweather.

“It’s okay,” the Filipino boxer said with a smile as he quickly walked out of the terminal.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz, was optimistic and more willing to share details of the conversation.

“We were happy. It was a pleasant meeting, but things could change,” he said. “As of now, I’m confident that we’re going to make it happen.”

Koncz said they have addressed the broadcasting issues with Mayweather and are in communication with all the involved parties, including the heads of Showtime, HBO and Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum.

“I said we will fix those (issues) this morning, which I did, and I confirmed to (HBO boss Richard) Plepler and (Showtime boss Les) Moonves, so I think we’re going to be okay,” he said.

“We’re in communication with Bob on a daily basis, and I spoke to Floyd briefly when we were boarding the plane. We have an open line of communication,” he added.

The optimism is high for a Pacquiao-Mayweather mefa-fight, but there is groundwork for a back-up plan should negotiations collapse.

Pacquiao’s former sparring partner, Amir Khan, is the front-runner to face Pacquiao should he not end up fighting Mayweather in May.

The “Pacman” is expected to stay in the United States until next week, and he is scheduled to attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

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