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KENSOFINE
...Are mentioning Pac vs May with the same certainty as secondary resources? No mention on Fightnews, Boxingscene, HBO, etc. Does this not have anyone else skeptical of the validaty of the whole entire thing?
thehype
QUOTE (KENSOFINE @ Dec 7 2009, 12:24 PM) *
...Are mentioning Pac vs May with the same certainty as secondary resources? No mention on Fightnews, Boxingscene, HBO, etc. Does this not have anyone else skeptical of the validaty of the whole entire thing?


It depends on what you mean by "the same certainty". I mean, is it a done deal? No, because all the contracts have yet to be signed and there has yet to be an official announcement. However, all reports, including those from ESPN and Yahoo! Sports (who probably consider everybody else to be secondary resources) point to the fight becoming a done deal due to the fact that that both fighters have verbally agreed to a 50/50 split of the purse and the welterweight limit of 147. When fights fall through, they RARELY fall through due to something as trivial as glove size or who gets to walk out to the ring first. As long as the money and the weight are agreed to, everything else is elementary.

As far as I know, Fightnews AND Boxingscene have been talking about the ongoing negotiations. I know Fightnews has Nick Giongco discussing it, but he also writes for The Manila Bulletin. As for Boxingscene, I'm pretty sure Mark Vester has been keeping people updated on what's going on. Now, whether or not they choose to believe that the fight is actually going to happen depends on who they're talking to and the type of information they're getting. As far as we're concerned, I know we've spoken several times on the record with Floyd Mayweather Sr. and off the record with Leonard Ellerbe, other members of Team Mayweather as well as several HBO sources and judging from the information that we're receiving, unless either one of these guys gets cold feet or hits the lottery any time soon, the fight is happening.

HBO NEVER reports on things like negotiations. They simply report on fights when they're completely done, so I highly doubt you'll see too much information given out by them...although if you watched this past weekend's fights on HBO, you could almost see Jim Lampley barely able to contain himself every time he mentioned Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr.
KookedKrack
Yea i thought for sure hbo would have at least said something about it on saturday.
KENSOFINE
^^^ Thats actually what made me begin to question it. Even in the anticipation stage of mega-fights, Fightnews usually try to be the first with the info, with cliche "in the works"..."on the horizon" etc. comments. Its like they are DELIBERATELY not mentioning it, AT ALL.
thehype
QUOTE (KENSOFINE @ Dec 7 2009, 02:16 PM) *
Even in the anticipation stage of mega-fights, Fightnews usually try to be the first with the info, with cliche "in the works"..."on the horizon" etc. comments. Its like they are DELIBERATELY not mentioning it, AT ALL.


http://www.fightnews.com/?p=31492

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Pacman agrees to fight Mayweather
By Dennis Principe, Dec. 04

Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao has agreed in principle to battle Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on March 13. This was confirmed by Pacquiao’s lawyer Jeng Gacal in an interview with Fightnews moments ago. Friday night, Pacquiao went on air via GMA-7’s “24 Oras” newscast and said he is willing to fight Mayweather on the said date. “He’s been trash talking too much and I want to put a stop to it. I don’t want kids who are watching us to emulate him,” said Pacquiao.

Gacal meantime added that Pacquiao seems satisfied with the offer presented to him by American promoter Bob Arum in their meeting Friday afternoon at the Renaissance Hotel.

Pacquiao reportedly wants some minor details to be ironed out by Arum for the Filipino pound for pound king to finally sign the dotted line.

Gacal said Pacquiao was agreeable to the March 13 face-off as it will still give him ample time to prepare for his Sarangani congressional bid in the May 10, 2010 elections.

Early this week the camp of Mayweather made an own announcement indicating their readiness to fight Pacquiao either on March 13 or May 1.

Thursday morning Arum arrived from Las Vegas and was able to sit down with Pacquiao after waiting for nearly a day just to get a schedule with the Filipino sensation.

Earlier in a press conference announcing the Philippine TV partnership between Top Rank and ABS-CBN, Arum refused to reveal any detail about his meeting with Pacquiao except that it turned out to be fruitful.

“You guys can interpret that anyway you want. But you see a smile on my face so I’m not disappointed,” said Arum. “Now my job is to go back to the United States, sit with Richard Schaefer (CEO of Golden Boy Promotions) and the Mayweather people… so that we can make an announcement in a short term.”


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