Normally when it’s a Mayweather or Pacquiao fight week, the other party’s name is brought up by whoever’s fight week it is. So when Arum brought up Floyd Mayweather’s name once again during fight week this week in Macao, it was taken as the same ole same ole fight week promotion for the HBO pay-per-view bout taken place this Saturday between Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri.
However, in a report by the LaTimes , the other side of the equation confirmed that indeed there are negotiations ongoing for Mayweather-Pacquiao.
“We can confirm that Floyd Mayweather definitely wants the Pacquiao fight,” a Showtime spokesperson wrote to The Times in an email. “Everyone on our side – Floyd, CBS and Showtime – is advocating for the fight to happen.”
In the report, the Times did confirm what Bob Arum stated this week that indeed there are officials from both Showtime and HBO discussing a joint venture between the networks similar how they together in 2002 when both networks aired the heavyweight title fight between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson.
According to Arum, the ball is on CBS’ court and head honcho Les Moonves.
“The guy carrying the ball is Moonves,” Arum told the LaTimes.com. “He and I have talked on a number of occasions and he has suggested that we see if we can reach an understanding. I assume, without knowing for a fact, that he’s talking to the Mayweather camp.”