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Mayweather 'negotiating with Pacquiao'

ESPN staff
March 1, 2011
Floyd Mayweather Jnr is undefeated from his 41 professional bouts © Getty Images

Steps are being taken to try and get Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao into the ring later this year, according to Mayweather's uncle Jeff.

Relations between the camps appeared to be permanently soured following the acrimonious breakdown of negotiations last year, with neither side able to find a resolution to a blood-testing dispute.

The waters were further muddied by the string of charges hanging above Mayweather Jnr's head, which could leave him facing a maximum of 34 years in jail.

But now it seems that the Mayweather camp are willing to reopen discussions over one of the most hotly-anticipated fights in boxing history, which could be set to take place in South Africa.

"I know that he [Floyd Mayweather] is talking to Nelson Mandela's daughter because they are trying to put together something for his 93rd birthday," Jeff Mayweather told fighthype.com.

"In the midst of that, they're also trying to make the fight between Floyd and Manny. Right now they are working to basically get a letter of intent for the fight to possibly take place.

"I'm negotiating with both sides and it's just a matter now of sending a letter of intent to Manny and one to Floyd through me and see where it can go."

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