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Floyd Mayweather debunks Manny Pacquiao talk for 2015 superfight(s)

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Well was this a surprise... or not? Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather denied rumors that his team and Manny Pacquiao's promotional agency, Top Rank, were deep in negotiations for possible back-to-back Mayweather vs Pacquiao showdowns next year.

Mayweather told reporters at Tuesday's Mayweather vs Maidana media roundtable that Pacquiao's claims were "Not true."

He added, "I can't say what the future holds, but Arum and Pacquiao is trying to sell tickets for the (fight with the) guy named (Chris) Algieri. [They are] Trying to sell tickets for that fight."

"I don't know where they fighting, I don't know anything about what Top Rank is doing."

Pacquiao recently insisted the two rival camps were in "serious negotiations" for the long awaited mega-fight. Moreover, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum even stipulated rival networks HBO and Showtime were also deliberating.

"Both [TV] networks want this to happen. All signs seem to point to a first fight early next year," Arum added.

"A second fight in the autumn would provide a different cash split because the winner of the first would claim the higher percentage. As each of them believes he would win, that provides an extra incentive."

Pacquiao's fights are broadcast on HBO while Mayweather is showcased on Showtime but the rival networks have collaborated successfully before. In a similar ordeal involving exclusive rights, HBO and Showtime worked in tandem in 2002 to broadcast Mike Tyson vs Lennox Lewis which was aired in a joint endeavor.

If Showtime and HBO work together again, as they did 12 years ago, it would eliminate a huge roadblock. However, fans have heard some semblance of all of this before.

The mere mention of either fighter's name makes headlines, so is this any different?

... Or are we that much closer to the superfight(s)?


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