Breaking news! Apparently Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his team, mainly advisers Leonard Ellerbe and Al Haymon, tried to steal the thunder and tried to ride off on the publicity of the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy ender which is scheduled to take place next week by announcing Money’s next fight date. May 5, 2012 as they say and as was first reported by FightHype.com’s Ben Thompson and later reported by Dan Rafael of ESPN.com is supposedly the day the two consensus Pound-for-Pound champions will finally meet inside the ring.
Now, before you go on jumping up and down like you got an early Christmas present, let me remind you all that we have been down this road before. Needless to say, it’s a confusing mix of contradicting statements and storylines laced with lies, deceit and failed negotiations. Kudos to the journalists out there who have the time and the patience to try to piece together the whole puzzle to figure out where we are in this endless drama. I on the other hand, will save myself the trouble and the stress on trying to point fingers and will accept the fact that for whatever reason, we just don’t have that fight yet.
Or so it seems.
“We’re looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is, the little fella,” Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather’s trusted adviser told Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. “Floyd made it very clear to us, what he wanted to do. He told us he is looking to make the biggest fight that is out there and to make it in May”.
“It’s great to hear that they (Team Pacquiao) are now ready to take the same USADA random blood and urine tests that Floyd, Shane Mosley and Victor Ortiz have already taken. This is great for the sport of boxing and I commend Manny Pacquiao for stepping up to the plate,” Ellerbe told Fighthype.com’s Ben Thompson.
If reports are correct, and no one is lying this time (which given the history of negotiations is almost impossible), Pacquiao and Mayweather will finally meet atop the squared circle in May of next year with a venue already put on hold by Golden Boy Promotion’s Richard Schaeffer, who now co-promotes Mayweather’s fights.
Who’s lying? Ask Pacquiao fans and you will get one response everytime, Mayweather – referencing the flamboyant superstar’s history of calling out Pacquiao but repeatedly denying such news. So blatant that during the Mayweather-Ortiz pre-fight press conference Mayweather was quoted as saying “Pacquiao, you’re next!” only to go face to face with the media telling us “not to put words in my (Mayweather’s) mouth”.
Ask Mayweather fans and you’ll quickly get a rapid “if Pacquiao has nothing to hide, then take the test” retort.
“It’s all just a big he said (Pacquiao), she said (Mayweather) affair” says disgruntled boxing fan Lyle Grandstam of Toowoomba, Australia.
But if what we are hearing from the Mayweather camp is true, then finally, the fight fans have been waiting for will finally be delivered to us next spring.
In my opinion, the news sounds legit. I don’t think the Mayweather camp is trying to “steal the thunder” from the Pacquiao-Marquez bout to try and derail the fight from selling, if anything, it actually should help generate more PPV sales. A possible Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in the spring is over 6 months away from Pacquiao-Marquez III and the buying public will have increased interest in seeing Pacquiao perform this November to get a preview of what he could do to Mayweather. May 5th is also a perfect date to stage a fight of this magnitude giving promoters ample time to make sure everything goes smoothly and sales would skyrocket.
Pacquiao agrees to random blood and urine testing, check – which is confirmed by both Bob Arum and Freddie Roach.
Mayweather agrees to put the fight together, check – confirmed by both Leonard Ellerbe and Richard Schaeffer.
It looks like we have ourselves a match, just don’t get your hopes up. Mayweather has been ‘the boy who cried wolf’ for nearly two years now, calling Pacquiao out yet pretending he never did. We’ve all been down this road before only to get our hearts broken.
Assuming Pacquiao gets past Marquez next week, the final leg of negotiations for the superfight of all ages should start to go underway. Once that dotted line is signed, by no less than both men, then we can all rejoice.
Til then, let’s not jump to any conclusions. As for the fight, let’s just say I think Mayweather will find himself in the ring with more than just a ‘wolf’ if he ever gets in the ring with the Pound-for-Pound king.
Carlos Cinco is the Founder of FightCardBoxing.net.
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Strength and honor.