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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Canelo-Cotto no-go, bad signal for Mayweather-Pacquiao

Canelo-Cotto no-go, bad signal for Mayweather-Pacquiao

Earlier this month we heard about life on Mayweather-Pacquiao mega fight. A lot of stories surfaced that negotiations were ongoing. Some articles said that Fight venue, date, USADA drug testing agreed. And 60-40 purse split in favor of Mayweather were also settled. These are major hurdles during previous negotiation in 2010 and 2012. Stories that say Pacquiao had already signed the contract. And they are waiting for Mayweather to sign.

There were stories that say HBO and Showtime are ironing out details how to air the fight. It seemed that this issue could be work out. Both network had worked before to stage a major fight, wherein one fighter is under Showtime and the other is under HBO contract. But things worked out and I'm optimistic the same will work for Mayweather-Pacquiao.

But still there's no word from Mayweather's camp. It looks like all the sources are coming from Pacquiao or Top Rank boss Bob Arum's camp. But if the solitary source is Arum… you have to doubt. He will tell lies yesterday and swear he tell the truth today. Well, at least, Showtime's Stephen Espinosa confirmed some of the above mentioned stories.

Recently, fight negotiation fallout for another exciting fight. Canelo-Cotto has been reported a no-go because Cotto's camp showed no movement. Canelo has given Cotto's camp five deadlines. This development, in my opinion is a bad signal for Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. It seems Cotto has another plan. Maybe Mayweather is hinting Cotto's camp for a rematch? A Mayweather rematch of course is a bigger payday for Cotto. I'm assuming here.

But there you go… the reality, which I'm frustrated about looks like it's coming. ESPN's Dan Rafael tweeted this:

What do you think about this?

I hate when stuff like this starts popping in the media. Then Pacquiao and Mayweather started discussing their Plan B's. Where in fact they really don't want working with the Plan A from the beginning.

Pacquiao's Plan B

Pacquiao gave a deadline on Floyd Mayweather. He's waiting for Floyd to sign the contract at the end of January. Otherwise he will choose another opponent. Khan has been mentioned as a potential plan B for Pacquiao. A fight in Dubai could be possible because of the large Filipinos and UK expatriates in the region. A UK showdown could be a huge also.

At this stage, I'm started to become frustrated. I don’t have the habit of expressing my angst and disgust. But I vented out of my frustration on an article I wrote in Niall Doran's Boxing blog.

When both fighters won their respective fights last year, I felt total relief. Because I know that at Mayweather-Pacquaio could be possible. As a boxing fan I wanted to see the best fighting the best. Their respective wins give us hope. Early this month if we are going to digest, it looks like the fights almost coming to the finish line. But still there's no official announcement. Whether this fight is got traction or not, nobody can tell.

If Mayweather and Pacquiao negotiation again breaks like a sand castle. Will you support Mayweather-Cotto rematch or Pacquiao-Khan showdown?

If you'll ask me, as a boxing fan, yes I will support! But I will pray to the boxing gods that both Mayweather and Pacquiao will lose badly as in so badly... and retire. So that we will close this disappointing chapter of boxing and give chance to other fighters to be called the best.

I'm fed up!

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