By Staff Writer ( | First Posted: Dec 13, 2013 12:05 AM EST

(Photo : Wikimedia Commons (DEWALT POWER TOOLS FIGHT NIGHT CLUB 2010))

It's called the match of the century, the most anticipated fight in the entire world (and probably in the whole history of boxing). Talks about making the clash of boxing titans happen has stretched on too long - at least for fans.

However, there are fears and speculations that either sportsman may be beyond their prime once the pugilistic battle finally gets the green light. After all, both Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are pretty much in their mid-thirties - which, in the world of boxing, is near the sunset of their careers. Thus, the urgency for the epic match to happen.

But with "Money" Mayweather's latest pronouncements, the most awaited fight may finally, FINALLY, get to see the light of day before either challenger loses his boxing mojo.

"My focus is May 3rd. I don't know who my opponent will be," the 36-year-old American boxer told Chris Robinson in a recent interview, which was noted by Yahoo! Sports contributor David King.

"If it's Pacquiao, it's Pacquiao. If it's Amir Khan, it's Amir Khan. For 17 years they've been putting guys in front of me, and I've been beating them. Come May they'll put a guy in front of me, I'll go to training camp, work hard, and the results will be the same," Mayweather said.

Remarkably, this is his first real acknowledgment of the Filipino boxing champ as a possible opponent in recent memory. Could this be a good sign of a great match to come?

However, Manny may not be Mayweather's "mandatory challenger" until after the American pugilist's next bout and "only if he doesn't reclaim the WBO welterweight title from Timothy Bradley before then," King noted.

Stephen Espinoza, Showtime Sports' head honcho, is hinting that the epic pairing may be possible next year and that the event may happen in New York, reported NVO News. Some pundits speculate a May 2014 fight.

Meanwhile, a Pacquiao-Mayweather match may just be the antidote that Manny needs to remedy his current tax woes. TMZ had previously reported that the politician-boxer owes the IRS $18 million in taxes, aside from the $50 million he allegedly owes the Philippine government.

Espinoza said that an announcement of Floyd's next fight may be made in the New Year.

And so the rest of the world waits with bated breath.

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