Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are determined to make their mega-fight happen, even if that means doing the negotiations themselves.
Days after a chance meeting at a Miami Heat game kicked off some in-person negotiations, the fighters have once again gotten together in the hopes of breaking a stalemate holding their fight back. Pacquiao and Mayweather have been penciled in for a May 2 bout, but in the last few weeks, a number of hiccups have stopped the negotiation process, to the point that it once seemed hopelessly lost.
Floyd Mayweather is now playing a bit of PR as well, posting a picture of himself meeting with Manny Pacquiao to his Shots account and vowing that they are both on board to make the fight happen.
“I set up this meeting with Manny Pacquiao to get this fight done but they will continue to tell the public it’s us and that’s NOT TRUE. So while we wait y’all go TELL A FRIEND to download Shots ASAP so I can keep you all updated on the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, that we are trying to make happen or follow @fighthype on here, IG, Twitter & Facebook or visit www.fighthype.com for the best Boxing & MMA updates.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be trying to deflect blame for the fight being stalled. Some are pointing fingers at Mayweather’s camp, while others believe Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is the one derailing the fight.
A Deadspin report noted that Arum may be stalling the process and then trying to shift blame back to Mayweather.
“With the public decidedly more apt to blame Mayweather than Pacquiao for holding up the fight, creating a false public expectation that a deal is done only serves to increase the pressure on Mayweather’s side to sign the deal quickly or risk being viewed as dodging Pacquiao (or, worse, backing out of an agreed-upon deal). Even Mayweather, who had been oddly cordial with Pacquiao of late, quickly took to social media to attack the rumors as ‘lies.’ While Mayweather didn’t mention Arum by name, no one else has spoken out, and it’s obvious that Arum’s comments have irked the champ. Why would Arum do this?”
But there could be an even greater motivation for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao to make the fight happen. The mega-fight would reportedly generate more than $300 million, with the fighters getting an eight- or nine-figure payday.