And so it continues… Earlier this week Floyd Mayweather took to Twitter to call out Manny Pacquiao, campaigning for Pacquiao to take a May 5th bout at the MGM Grand. In the days that followed, Top Rank Boxing promoter Bob Arum voiced his opinions on the possibilities of the fight actually happening in May, much of which can be interpreted as excuses depending on who you ask. Friday, Pacquiao took to his official website to release a statement regarding the potential super fight with Mayweather. Here is Pacquiao’s statement:
“He’s the one who has to say yes. The reason is because he talks to a lot of people. He has a lot of representatives. If he takes the fight, he can make $50-to-60 million. That’s how much he can make.”
While Pacquiao is saying that he will fight Mayweather, if you read between the lines there are some statements that will suggest the fight isn’t a definite. The most glaring to me is the mention of Mayweather’s guaranteed purse. Mayweather promotes himself, so Pacquiao’s camp is correct in their claim that Mayweather needs to find a third party to guarantee his purse. With the potential revenue this fight will most certainly generate I don’t see this as an issue.
Pacquiao’s camp has also stated that they would be looking to build an outdoor ring to accommodate the tremendous gate draw a Pacquiao/Mayweather would generate. Building such an arena by May would be a stretch, with construction possibly spilling over into June. The main issue with a June date is Mayweather’s pending jail sentence that was re-scheduled for June 1st, which Mayweather requested to allow him to fight May 5th.
One thing that is positive about a potential fight is both boxers appear willing to finally step into the ring. But until we have a contract with signatures on it from both sides, I wouldn’t hold my breath. We’ll see what happens…
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