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.