Most of the talk surrounding Mayweather-Pacquiao in the media has been on the Pacquiao side. Some say it’s to push the fight, some say it’s to save face because the fight will not happen. Mayweather went public last year in December confirming that he wanted to fight Pacquiao. What’s occurring behind the scenes now can be great or terrible depending on which source you talk to.
Mayweather was on Shady 45 yesterday and made statements that have the media wondering about any agreement being in place from the side of Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum.
In a transcript from Boxingscene.com, Mayweather confirmed that there are indeed negotiations.
“Hopefully it’s Mayweather-Pacquiao [on May 2nd]. Of course we are trying to make the fight happen between me and Pacquiao. Are we negotiating? Absolutely we are negotiating. But Pacquiao said that he agreed to everything. What did you agree to? You have no say so. You have a boss. You don’t have no say so. You have a boss…..that’s called Top Rank Promotions. It’s not called Pacquiao Promotions. With my company, it’s called Mayweather Promotions,” explained Mayweather.
Mayweather stated that the negotiations are tough. He believes Pacquiao wants the fight but its Pacquiao’s promoter, and Mayweather’s former promoter, Bob Arum making the situation difficult. Mayweather feels the fight should be easier to make, especially because of rumors of Pacquiao’s last pay-per-view flopping at the box office.
“We have been going back and forth, communicating with their team. Hopefully we can make this fight happen. Once again, we have to look at his pay-per-view numbers. His last fight didn’t even do 300,000 homes. Figures make sense. He did get knocked out not too long ago. No matter what you say, Floyd Mayweather still winning.When they take shots at Floyd Mayweather, he still winning and making hundreds of millions.
“We’re going to make it happen though. We’re trying, but it’s been extremely difficult dealing with Top Rank. And I don’t want to sit here and point the finger at Pacquiao and say ‘it’s him.’ It’s not Pacquiao, it’s his promoter. A lot of times when Pacquiao says ‘I agreed’ – you don’t have nothing to do with this, you’re not a boss. On a chess board you’re a pawn.”
The more that’s said in the media the less I feel this fight will happen. A lot is contingent on HBO and ShowTime also brokering a deal. With industry whispers of Mayweather-Cotto 2 on May 2nd and Pacquiao giving a deadline to the fight, it all seems like déjà vu. Stay tuned.