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Countdown To Super Bowl Sunday: Will Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Be Announced??

January 31, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Countdown To Super Bowl Sunday: Will Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Be Announced?? Image courtesy of sportal.com.au

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Last week, we wrote an article, saying that the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao mega bout was a done deal, and it would be possibly announced during Super Bowl Sunday.

Well we are within hours of Super Bowl Sunday and speculation has started to run rampant.

According to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, negotiations for the mega bout between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are expected to be finalized in “the next couple days,” the strongest indication the much-anticipated bout finally will become a reality.

“Everybody is doing the right thing,” Arum told The Post on Friday. “We’re looking to complete the paperwork. Everything is moving in the right direction. Hopefully, the next couple of days it will get done.”

Yesterday, TMZ broke the story that the fight is a done deal, however veteran ESPN boxing journalist, Dan Rafael refuted those claims on Twitter, he Tweeted: #Source involved in #MayweatherPacquiao deal: ‘Nothing is happening before mid next week at the soonest. Not that close on (TV) deal terms.’

Boxing legend and promoter Bernard Hopkins also chimed in Tweeting: Stop asking me about @FloydMayweather @MannyPacquiao from what I know it’s not signed,
Network Issues..

Those network issues in question? Who will do the pre-fight documentaries, who will commentate, which logo goes first, which ring announcer gets the call the main event, who has replay rights, undercard, ring girls..just kidding and so on.

The last co-broadcast between HBO and Showtime was Tyson-Lewis and those negotiations took months to hammer out all the details.

However, All major points have been agreed to on both sides, according to sources close to the negotiations. Just the issues concerning network involvement is all that remains.
“Floyd Mayweather has agreed to the fight, but there are deal points still to work out but progress is being made,” Showtime spokesman Chris DeBlasio told the Daily News.
Mayweather has an exclusive contract agreement with Showtime, while Pacquiao is an HBO fighter.

Sources at both networks have said they won’t stand in the way of what will be the richest fight in boxing history.

Still, Arum said an announcement could be made as soon as Super Bowl Sunday for a proposed megafight between the two welterweight legends, tentatively set for May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a bout that would likely generate more than a quarter of a billion dollars.
“The issues are being narrowed down to extraordinarily small points,” Arum said. “I’m optimistic it will all be put together in the next couple of days.”

Speculation on an impending agreement grew when the two boxers met face to face at a Heat game in Miami this week and later spent an hour in Pacquiao’s hotel suite discussing the proposed bout.

“I think it helped a lot because we were all putting papers together, and there was still a question as to whether Floyd really wanted to do the fight or not,” Arum said. “Based on the meeting with Pacquiao in the hotel suite, Manny and [Pacquiao adviser] Michael Koncz were convinced Floyd absolutely wants to do the fight.”

The pay-per-view bout is tentatively scheduled for May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and expected to generate somewhere between $250 million and $300 million.

A showdown between the two greats of boxing has been in the works since 2009, but the two sides sparred over issue including the purse split and the drug testing procedures.

Since then, egos, money and personality clashes have derailed any attempts to match the fighters.

However, after his last win over Chris Algieri, Pacquiao threw down the gauntlet and for the first time publicly challenged Mayweather, saying, “I think it’s time to make that fight happen. The fans really deserve that fight.”

Pacquiao and Mayweather are considered the two greatest fighters of their era with the unbeaten Mayweather 47-0 with 26 knockouts holding the mantle of pound-for-pound king, and with Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) who has been a champion in eight different weight classes, not to mention having been involved in some of the greatest fights in memory, including his four legendary fights with Juan Manuel Marquez.

The last Marquez fight tainted a possible Floyd-Manny match up after Pacquiao was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012.

However, since then, Manny has brilliantly rebounded with impressive victories over Brandon Rios, Timothy Bradley and Algieri.

Arum wanted to stage the fight in a much bigger venue such as Cowboys Stadium, rather than the MGM Grand, where tickets would be scarce, even for people that could afford them.
“To me it doesn’t do boxing justice being in a small arena like that,” Arum said. “But if that’s what it takes to make the fight, that’s what we’ll do.”

So as Super Bowl Sunday approaches, drama is building, not because of the game, which in some crazy sense could be overshadowed, but by the announcement fight fans and the general public have waited over 5 long years to hear.

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