We’ve known for nearly a week now that Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. won’t square off in May, but on Tuesday that the powers that be decided to make it official.
Figuring that this ridiculous, pointless charade had finally run its course, Top Rank boss Bob Arum took to the airwaves today to let it be known that Pacquiao vs. Mayweather (the May version) was officially off the table. Interestingly enough, he didn’t even bother alluding to the financial differences of opinion that supposedly caused negotiations to spiral out of control. In fact, if you buy Arum’s version of what has gone down, the reason that this match isn’t taking place in May is because of scheduling concerns. Not purse split concerns, scheduling concerns.
"They don't want to fight in late May," Arum said of the Mayweather camp in an interview with the L.A. Times. "It's dead for May, so we should … let Mayweather fight someone else May 5 and we'll fight someone else June 9, and then let's get a signed contract for [Mayweather-Pacquiao] in November. That's a win-win for everybody."
As we noted on Opposing Views over the weekend, the fact that this fight was dead for May was really no secret. More than anything else we were just mostly waiting for someone to make it official.
By the way, did you notice the way Arum tried to dangle some hope in front of boxing fans about a superfight possibly taking place in November?
Yeah, that'll happen.
The reality is -- as we pointed out recently -- a November bout between Pacquiao and Mayweather isn’t really in the cards either. The far more likely scenario is Pacquiao taking on the winner of Juan Manuel Marquez and Lamont Peterson’s probable showdown.
As far as what Pacquiao is doing next – all signs point to him throwing Timothy Bradley a beating in about four months. We reported yesterday that a deal between Pacquiao and Bradley for June 9 was apparently official already, but nothing has been confirmed to the media yet.
Either way, regardless of whether Pacquiao vs. Bradley ultimately comes to fruition or not, rest easy knowing that the match you wanted to see is officially dead and buried.