Well, so much for that.
If you believe Top Rank boss Bob Arum, the much-talked about May version of a Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. showdown appears to be dead and buried.
Over the course of the last few weeks, boxing fans all over the world have been hanging their hopes on the slim chance that Pacquiao and Mayweather would come to their senses regarding a potential May superfight. Things looked really promising for a while, what with both fighters seemingly acknowledging that they wanted to make the match happen. But then a little thing called reality went and got in the way.
Pacquiao, despite earlier in December promising to sacrifice the lion’s share of the purse in a potential showdown with Mayweather, reneged on that offer. Instead, he made it explicitly clear that he was entitled to a 50-50 split and that he wouldn’t settle for a penny less. He’s right, of course. He does deserve a 50-50 split. But that doesn’t change the fact that a mere month ago he was supposedly willing to sacrifice money for the sake of putting together a bout that his fans have longed for since ’09.
Mayweather is equally culpable in all this. After going on every social media outlet available to him and demanding a fight against his Filipino arch rival, Mayweather suddenly (as he’s done in the past) went quiet when Pacquiao called his bluff. What happened to all the enthusiasm we were seeing just a week ago? Mind you, Mayweather is a guy who splurges on useless consumer products and sports gambling like no other athlete in recent memory. Yet, amazingly enough, when the chance to fight Pacquiao pops up, suddenly every penny matters.
Now reports are coming out that Pacquiao, Mayweather and all the people that speak for both men are working towards a fight for November. Right. That’ll happen. As per Ronnie Nathanielsz of Boxing Scene:
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum concedes “lets forget the May date” for a possible fight between “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao and undefeated Floyd Mayweather. But he’s working on a November mega-buck fight instead.
In a telephone conversation with BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard, Arum said “what we are trying to accomplish assuming he (Mayweather) is going to fight in May and Manny is going to fight in June, is that we are pressing to see if we can get a contract signed between the two fighters for November.”
The astute promoter noted “that way the people will be assured that the fight is going to happen and there won’t be any of this nonsense which we can put behind us so we can do a huge, huge promotion.”
So there you have it. A fight that hasn’t gotten put together in about three years will definitely, maybe, possibly get set up for November. Do you feel better now?