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24 OCTOBER 2014

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Mayweather Jr misses Top Rank deadline for Pacquiao fight


Floyd "Money" Mayweather
Floyd "Money" Mayweather

By Paul Upham: Floyd Mayweather Jr has failed to respond to a Manny Pacquiao boxing match offer prior to a Friday night 16 July 2010 deadline set by Pacquiao’s promoter Top Rank.

Upon reaching the deadline given to "Money" Mayweather Jr to make a 13 November 2010 fight, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum held a special media conference call at midnight U.S Pacific time to advise that a deal for the appealing boxing superfight between the world’s two best boxers was not done.

Arum had promised HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg that he would not negotiate with any other boxers for a fight with "Pac-Man" Pacquiao during a period of exclusivity for a Mayweather fight that ended on Friday at midnight.

“I have not had any other negotiations with an opponent,” stated Arum, “whether it is with (Antonio) Margarito or (Miguel) Cotto. I have had no discussions with either of them regarding a fight with Manny Pacquiao.”

Asked whether a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is now dead, Arum replied, “It is dead when we conclude a deal with an opponent for Manny’s fight in November.”

Arum hinted that Mayweather’s failure to accept the offer on the table may be related to the uncertain future of his uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather, where he faces felony charges in Las Vegas that he beat and choked a female boxer.

“I don’t think any of you guys should be too harsh on Floyd in this situation,” he said. “I would have liked him to communicate, but I really believe this issue with his uncle has an effect. Putting myself in their shoes, I would feel a lot of reluctance going into this big fight without my trainer.”

Now that the exclusive negotiation period for Pacquiao-Mayweather has ended, Arum will negotiate with Pacquiao, Cotto and Margarito in making a match for November. He expects that process could take around ten days and hopes to schedule a press conference in early August to announce Pacquiao’s next fight.

While a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is not completely dead, the short timeframe available for a deal to be done is quickly closing.

“If in the interim, while this is going on,” said Arum, “if Floyd suddenly emerged and said he wanted to do the fight, there would be nothing opposed in getting together and doing the fight.”

While he will now move forward with the two other preferred options for Pacquiao, Arum declared that he still wants a Pacquiao-Mayweather match.

“That is the fight we want more than all others,” he said, “there is no question about it.”

Regarding the failed negotiations with Mayweather’s side, Arum emphasised that he never spoke to anyone representing Mayweather directly, but only went through HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg, who was dealing with Mayweather’s adviser Al Haymon.

“I don’t blame Haymon,” he said. “I think Haymon really tried, at least on what I get from Greenburg, Haymon really tried to put the fight together.”

Over the last two months, Greenburg reported to Arum that negotiations for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight were moving forward positively. Arum was never told that the Mayweather side had any opposition to the contract terms that were being put forward, including financial remuneration and drug testing.

Prior to Friday night’s deadline, Arum did no receive a negative response to the offer available. He just never received any response at all.

“I don’t know what the answer is,” replied Arum, when asked why there was silence from Mayweather and HBO prior to the deadline. “I have been in this business 40 years and nothing surprises me.”

“To me it is relatively unfathomable,” continued Arum. “I’m not surprised. Nothing surprises me. I just can’t figure it out.”

Asked if this missed deadline meant there would never be a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, Arum remained hopeful.

“There is always next year,” he said.

The Hall of Fame promoter confirmed that the only two fights he was now looking at making for Pacquiao in November are with Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito.

A Pacquiao-Cotto fight would be held either at Dallas Stadium in Texas or at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. A Pacquiao-Margarito match would be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas or at a new arena in Monterrey, Mexico.

While Pacquiao stopped Cotto in twelve rounds on 14 November last year, Arum suggested that there was appeal in a rematch that would be for the Puerto Rican’s newly won WBA world title at junior middleweight.

“Manny would be going for an eighth world title and fighting at a higher weight,” he said. “Miguel would have in his corner Emanuel Steward, one of the great cornerman of our time. That certainly would give Cotto more ammunition than he had going into the fight last time.”


Paul Upham
Content Editor
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