LAS VEGAS - MAY 01: Floyd Mayweather Jr. smiles from his corner during a round break during his fight against Shane Mosley during the welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The Fight's Off, Again, For Floyd Mayweather Jr. And Manny Pacquiao

After flirting with a dream fight for months back in 2009, negotiations have closed, again, between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. For more boxing news, visit SB Nation's excellent boxing blog, Bad Left Hook.

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With No Mayweather-Pacquiao, It's Time For Fans To Stop Picking Sides

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will not be fighting in 2010. And now the target they're looking at is May 2011. Hey, folks, only about six more months before we enter this exciting cycle again.

Over at Bad Left Hook, they're calling for all fight fans to unite, with a common voice, and stop playing favorites in the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao saga:

It's time for boxing fans from all over the world to stop acting like one side is better than the other in this whole saga. It's time for us to unite, forget about why we do or don't like Mayweather, Pacquiao, Arum, Oscar, Schaefer, Ellerbe, and whoever else is involved in this. It's time for us to start blaming everyone involved for the best and biggest fight available in the entire combat sports world not happening.

Want more? Head over to Bad Left Hook.


Floyd Mayweather Misses Deadline, So Manny Pacquiao Begins Search For New Opponent

Boxing fans waiting and hoping for a Manny Pacquiao fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. will have to keep waiting.

Promotor Bob Arum said early Saturday morning (or late Friday night, depending on your way of thinking) that Mayweather never responded to the latest proposal. Arum had set a 3 a.m. (Eastern) deadline for Mayweather to sign on to the long-talked-about fight between two of boxing's biggest stars, even going so far as to put a "Money Mayweather Countdown Clock" on the Top Rank website.

But Arum's over-the-top tactics didn't take, and Pacquiao's promotor said the boxer will start searching for another opponent for a November 2010 fight. Possible opponents include Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto, both fighters managed also promoted by Arum; both fighters have titles as well, giving Pacquiao a chance to win a record eighth championship in a different weight class.

Arum did leave open the possibility of getting a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight put together, reminding reporters on his late-night conference call that the deadline closed only the exclusive negotiating window.

People have asked me as well as others at Top Rank, does that mean the Mayweather fight is dead?  Even thought Mayweather has not responded by the deadline, the deal is dead when we reach a deal with an opponent for Manny’s fight in November. Then we are contractually bound to do that fight and we would look hopefully to do a fight with Floyd next year. In the interim, while this was going on, if Floyd suddenly emerged and said he wanted to do the fight, there would be nothing opposed to getting together and doing the fight. 

So, Arum's telling us there's a chance.

Floyd Mayweather is not saying he will not ever fight Manny Pacquiao. There is always next year.


Bob Arum To Hold Press Conference At 3 A.M Eastern, (Hopefully) Regarding Possible Mayweather-Pacquaio Fight

For years, boxing fans have salivated over the prospect of a fight between the sport's two biggest names, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. It appears, though, that in Saturday's wee hours, we'll know the fate of this dream match-up. From Top Rank Boxing:

[Bob] Arum will then have a national media conference call.  Arum's call will be at midnight pacific, 3 am eastern.

That's right, people. Three in the morning Eastern time, and midnight Pacific time. And according to FightHype, those wishing to see this fight come to fruition should rein in their optimism.

For more on this story as it unfolds, as well as all things boxing, head on over to SB Nation's boxing blog, Bad Left Hook.


Mayweather-Pacquiao Set For Nov. 13th? Promoter Says Terms Have Been Finalized

According to Sports Illustrated, representatives of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have agreed to terms on a deal that would place men in the ring together--at long last--for a November 13th title fight. The terms, which have apparently been approved by Pacquiao, are pending the approval of Floyd Mayweather, but otherwise, it looks like we could finally see the blockbuster that boxing fans have wanted all along.

Promoter Bob Arum spoke to Sports Illustrated:

Arum did not disclose terms of the deal, which is expected to be a 50-50 split and include some form of drug testing. The fight is scheduled for Nov. 13 at a location to be determined. Las Vegas and Dallas are considered the favorites to land the fight.

Arum told that Mayweather has until mid-July to make a decision.

"This really depends, as I see it, on whether Mayweather wants to fight [Pacquiao]" Arum said. "By mid-July, he's either in or out. We're not going to wait forever. We're going to have a fight on Nov. 13 and we would love it to be Mayweather."

And even though there's still plenty of uncertainty there--boxing fans have learned to be skeptical at this point--you have to like the direction here. Whether Mayweather accepts these particular terms remains to be seen, but either way, it seems we're getting closer and closer to the biggest boxing fight we've seen in years.


A Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight 'Nearly Finalized,' According To Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya

For years now, the two names that have dominated boxing--Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao--have flirted with a blockbuster title fight to end all blockbuster title fights. We've watched them dance back-and-forth in the media, negotiate through back channels, haggle over drug testing, and toss aside the inferior challengers they've met in between. But will they ever actually fight?

It's still up in the air, but Oscar De La Hoya, the promoter charged with making the fight happen, recently told Spanish television network Univision that the two sides are getting close. Courtesy of The Boxing Truth:

"Up until now, it's been a very difficult negotiation process for various reasons but right now we're very close. We're very close in finalizing the contracts that were once very complicated. The two fighters now realize that this fight must be made."

"...Right now we are very, very close in finalizing the contracts. I can't talk right now in detail about the negotiations but I will say that we are very close."

So far, the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has been like a mirage for boxing fans. Even when it seemed like a sure thing, and venues like the Staples Center and Cowboys Stadium were bidding upwards of $30 million for the right to host it... It still seemed too good to be true.

When it didn't happen, you'd have thought there'd never be a boxing match again.

But contrary to some of the myths you hear from cynics, the sport's not really on "life support." People that love boxing will love it forever, and there's still nothing like a blockbuster fight.

With or without Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, there will always be more title fights that titillate boxing obsessives, and send sports fans scurrying to Vegas for a weekend of excess. Boxing's still great, and it'll always be great; the great misconception that accompanies any Mayweather-Pacquiao discussion is that this fight could somehow "save" boxing.

First off, it couldn't. Second, boxing doesn't really need to be "saved," anyway.

But good LORD. Wouldn't it be awesome? Mayweather and Pacquiao, two modern marvels of speed and technique, both at the apex of the sport, with nobody else even close.

Boxing doesn't "need" this fight, but anyone that loves the sport has wanted it for a long, long time. Now, once again, we're getting closer. "Nearly finalized," in fact. Could the mirage become reality?


I'll believe it when I see it, but De La Hoya says they're close. Let's hope he's right.

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