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Saturday, February 7, 2015

My frustration, hope for a Mayweather-Pacquiao


Many things came out in the fight negotiation between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao lately. But boxing fans still frustrated. I'm frustrated. Until now there's no fight announcement.

Negotiation should have started the day after Pacquiao demolished Chris Algieri. Ok fine, that’s too soon.

They negotiated several times in the past and failed.

But in 2015, I think the talks between Mayweather and Pacquiao camp started in January. And it's a roller coaster ride until now.

It comes to a point that there seemed to be a divine intervention. Mayweather and Pacquiao met by “chance” in Miami Heat- Buck basketball game. The first time they see each other face-to-face. The chance met-up did some buzz.

Floyd met again Manny in private, at Pacquiao's hotel suite. Floyd made a point clear to the public that he wants the fight.  He somewhat eradicated the perception that he's ducking Pacquiao or avoiding the fight. He made things clear. He wanted the fight.

Then a report from TMZ (anticipating that the fight maybe announce soon) saying that "Mayweather vs. Pacquiao deal is done" and "fight set".

The report picked up by leading boxing media sites. But later on it was disproved by those people having "say" in the negotiation.

Even Mayweather denied the story in Jamaica, while relaxing in a hammock, while the boxing world got crazy.

Here’s Bob Arum who came out with many stories all over media. He urged Floyd signing a "contract". It is an effort to blame Floyd if the fight isn't happening. But it turns out there’s nothing to sign.

Then Arum later on slacked on Mayweather. He admitted that he should have listened to Floyd during the time that he was promoting Floyd's young career.

Then Mayweather posted a picture of him with the Filipino boxing icon on "Shots". It is a picture during their reported private meeting.

After venting out my frustration about this long delayed fight, I did not write anything about May-Pac. I did not get frenzy about those above happenings. I'm still frustrated. If this fight won't happen, I'm thinking of shutting down this blog.

Although we are now in the first week of February but no Pac-Money announcement, but there’s little hope I see.

We all know that Mayweather will definitely fight on May (Cinco de Mayo). He fights at least twice a year. And he fights every May in the last three years. He'll be fighting on that date irrespective of who he fights.

That’s clear message to Saul Canelo Alvarez who even went back to HBO from Showtime just to secure May date.

With the above said I am still hopeful that Myweather-Pacquiao will definitely happen. If Mayweather don't see any hope of a Pacquiao fight, he should have announced another opponent at this point.  There's almost no time for another opponent, at this point, for a May bout.

Floyd should decide now to fight someone else, if no Pacquiao. Otherwise there's no time to promote. Because fighting another on May 3 and not announcing at this point is a disaster. We all know he should promote that fight harder than ever. We all know it would be a tough sell.

Floyd fighting someone else not named Pacquiao without proper promotion on May will result less than 500,000 PPV buys, in my opinion.

Not if it is against Pacquaio. Fighting Pacman on May 3 and announce it even on Feb 28 is not an issue. The fight will sell by itself.

But Mayweather against anyone else... nah! Maybe I'll join those who called to boycott.

So, I’m still hopeful. I think this fight will happen this May or never.

As a boxing fan, don't let your frustration overcome your hope. Mayweather-Pacquiao will finally happen.

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