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"Floyd Mayweather wants the fight with Manny Pacquiao," states Showtime executive

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On Thursday afternoon, while supporting Saturday night's rubber match between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado in Denver, Colorado, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum made several statements to numerous members of the boxing media about the ongoing negotiations for the most eagerly anticipated match-up in boxing, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. "We're all in," stated the 83 year old boxing promoter. "

All our chips are in. We are betting everything on fighting this fight and winning it. But in boxing unfortunately, it takes two sides. And one guy for six years has been ducking this match, making millions of excuses."

"But the one excuse is that he can't fight a fast, left hander who can punch. If Manny agreed to fight him right handed, the fight would be signed in thirty seconds."

Manny Pacquiao's active fight promoter did more than just elude to the theory that Floyd Mayweather was responsible for currently holding up the negotiation process.

"Stripped bare of all the nonsense, everything has been agreed to," claimed Bob Arum.

"After negotiating terms for more than four weeks, we've finally reached an agreement on all points. The lawyers are circulating documents, and everyone is acting very, very positive about the fight happening, with the exception of Mr. Mayweather, who has his own agenda."

"I'm optimistic that the fight can happen, and I am not going to do anything to prevent it from happening. Everyone involved is on board, except for one person. And you can't have a fight without that person."

According to Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza, the Top Rank CEO's claims are less than accurate.

"Floyd Mayweather isn't holding anything up," the Executive Vice President of Showtime Sports Programming informed numerous media outlets on Saturday, January 24.

"No one is waiting on Floyd to rubber stamp or sign anything. Arum isn't being truthful on this and he knows it. There is no contract that is awaiting Floyd's signature and Bob Arum knows that."

"Floyd has been absolutely clear with all of us, with Les Moonves, with Al Haymon, and with me, that he wants the Pacquiao fight."

"That's what we've been working on for weeks. We've made what I call significant progress, but there's still open issues which have to be resolved. So there's no agreement or closed deal or contract or anybody signing off on anything. Neither CBS, or Showtime, or Haymon, or even HBO really for that matter, have yet agreed on the old terms. We're trying to resolve open issues, which is what is taking time."

"There's no delay or impediment from Floyd, and for Arum to say otherwise is just completely untrue."

According to previous statements released to numerous media outlets on January 15, Espinoza affirmed that Floyd Mayweather is not hesitant to fight Pacquiao, but his strategy has been to keep as much of the negotiations out of the press as possible.

"Some have perceived that as a lack of interest, but it's the opposite," claims the head of Showtime Sports.

"Mayweather is so focused on getting it done that he doesn't want to say anything publicly that would complicate the negotiations. He wants it as much as he ever has for any fight, and our marching orders are to do our best to get it done as quickly as possible."

"Talks are continuing and we've made meaningful progress, but we still have a significant distance to cover on a number of open points. Until the whole thing is done, nothing is done."

Espinoza's statements of January 15 do provide some clarity and insight to the perceived misconception made to the press on Thursday, January 22, by Bob Arum.

Most of Arum's commentary could be interpreted as relatively accurate from a "Team Pacquiao" perspective. It's more than likely precise that Top Rank and Manny Pacquiao have indeed agreed to all negotiable terms on their end.

But according to several reports from various media sources, both networks supporting the event, HBO and Showtime, have not yet finalized numerous details concerning the proposed May 2nd joint PPV broadcast, like profit sharing, air-time for both commentating crews and ring announcers, as well as fight replay arrangements.

And to reiterate Espinoza's perspective..."Until the whole thing is done, nothing is done."

So until a deal is reached by all parties involved with the ongoing Pacquiao vs Mayweather negotiations, everyone concerned would be wise to adhere to the old American/English idiom which states, "Loose lips, sink ships".


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