Mayweather-Pacquiao: Signs Indicating Announcement Imminent


As the long-awaited Mayweather-Pacquiao fight continues to smolder, suggesting to some the fight will happen and to others the fight will not happen, insiders appear to be tipping their hand. Additionally, the time-table for a May 2 fight makes it rather difficult for Mayweather to procure a legitimate, fan-friendly opponent outside of Pacquiao in so short a time. As the clock continues to tick subtle signs are emerging indicating that the long hoped for Mayweather-Pacquiao announcement is imminent.

Pacquiao clearly knows something he has been instructed not to divulge. In a recent Instagram post Pac said that he was going back into serious training then asked the tantalizing question “Fight who??????” He then said, in cryptic fashion, “Hehehe I’m excited for this.” This is Pac-talk for I am now going into serious training for the Mayweather fight.

While many are misinterpreting the relative silence coming out of both camps, the silence is actually the result of a gag-order insisted upon by Mayweather himself in the meeting between principals a few weeks back in Miami. At the meeting Money May expressed dismay at the misinformation he felt was coming out of the negotiating process, and while not pointing the finger at the Pacquiao camp per se, Bob Arum, Mayweather’s erstwhile gadfly, was discussed. Michael Koncz agreed and publicly declared that he would be tight-lipped from thereon out.

As it turns out, Mayweather’s pointed insistence notwithstanding, Arum, who cannot appear to help himself, has emerged as the lone wolf and only player in the process that has varied from the agreement to put a clamp on statements to the press. Apparently the top brass at all of the principal negotiating teams including HBO and CBS/Showtime have expressed misgivings about Arum’s continued insistence on going rogue. All acknowledge however that Arum is his own boss and will do whatever he feels is in his own best interest.

The management team at Top Rank together with those representing same in the negotiations are beyond angry at Arum for failing to go along with the gag-order and putting the fight at risk. These selfsame Top Rank sources are suggesting that Arum’s ongoing dialogue with the public stems from his utter disdain for Mayweather and his own personal belief that while the fight will happen, he intends to rough up Mayweather along the way. As insider-sourced information continues to filter out it, happily for anxious fans, it is becoming clear that, like signs on a roadway, fight negotiations are in earnest fully indicating that a Mayweather-Pacquiao announcement is imminent.

Principals in the negotiating process recognize the importance of silence in delicate negotiations and are held hostage only by the prospects of making money. While Arum is clearly held hostage by a hatred for Money May, the stakes are far too high to let Arum’s pettiness derail the process. Those close to the negotiations are admitting that because of the prospects for high profits, stock holders and vested interests alike do not just want or expect the fight, they are demanding that it take place. Both Mayweather and Pacquiao are in the twilight of their careers so the powers that be want to strike while the prospects for profit are still high. There is not just a vested interest on the part of those expecting to profit from the fight, but an absolute, non-negotiable demand that it take place.

Taken together the admittedly sometimes subtle signs coming out of the Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiating process are indicating that not only will the fight take place but that the announcement is imminent. It is clear that the Pacquiao camp knows this and is already on track for one of their more committed training camps in years. For exhausted fans, the news cannot come soon enough.

Commentary By Matthew R. Fellows


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10 Responses to "Mayweather-Pacquiao: Signs Indicating Announcement Imminent"

  1. Simon Boparai   February 14, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    This fight is happening on Floyds terms, as it was always destined to. 5 years ago Manny would gave beaten Floyd. Now Floyd is favourite. Very smart from Floyd. He’s cancelled Manny’s advantage. Floyd will win because Manny has more miles on the clock due to harder fights in a much more exciting style. Boring Floyd will steal it on points.

  2. eman   February 14, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Pacman camp are bunch of stupids! Til when will u realized that floyd idiot mayweather is just fooling them around? Come on guys! He will never fight pacquiao! Wake up! He’s scared of losing to manny. Period! Find somebody else. Don’t be ignorants. He’s just wasting time.

  3. Glen   February 14, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Lies.. Fight not going to happen.

  4. FilipinoMexican Fan   February 14, 2015 at 4:44 am

    Once again Floyd has tricked everyone, completely mugged! That for this fight to happen he’s demanded that HE and ONLY HIM is authorized to make the announcement. Will, ALL OF YOU GUYS, better not hold your breath cuz you’ll be waiting until you run out of air> no announcement will be made, until after Manny & gang wakes up, are sick & tired of waiting then call it quits!, find a new opponent!. That will be the only time that Money will make the bogus announcement that he’d decided to ok the fight but too late. Then, he’ll blame everyone for “disobeying” his order or not adhering to the ” agreed deal.” If i were Manny i’d give Money 24 hours to make the announcement or he can go jump!

  5. julian   February 14, 2015 at 4:39 am

    Whatever Mr pollock,some people are just to great to ever get the floor wiped
    If he has had his day how come he is still ranked number 1 in the world and has been for 18 years after never been knocked down in his career and has never come close to losing ?

  6. Jim Pollock   February 14, 2015 at 3:02 am

    Gennady would wipe the floor with Floyd!End of!Way too much power!Floyd is an artist,but he’s had his day

  7. iriga city boy   February 14, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Gag order? Delicate negotiations? fight is imminent? Stakes are far too high? misgivings because one person is talking too much? importance of silence?
    Wow!!! so these are ingredients now ,in boxing, just to make people punch each other in the ring? Holy Macaroni!! what have become to the people involved in this sport? Prima Donnas? Young children throw punches fighting just for “marbles” and rubber bands; “whinos” will punch you for taking his last beer at the skid row; a jealous suitor can punch somebody because of a girlfriend; one can punch somebody because of a wrong glance in a bar etc… etc!!! And here we are: Boxing.People are scared and cautious because the “eggs’ might crack ,and the ” megafight” might not come into fruition?

    Holy Molly!! unbelievable.And the drama goes on!!

  8. KyAlvin   February 14, 2015 at 2:51 am

    IMO the Pacman has already won the prestige honors in the hearts of fellow athletes across all sports be them amateur or the elites for he has faced more formidable opposition than Money. He’s already lost, won via dubious scoring, avenged the impt losses, got KTFO yet got right back up to fight on.
    It’s intrguing to find out how Floyd handles that kind of adversity. Mayweather may not know it but how he handles an unperfect situation will actually work for him if only the view of greatness doesn’t mean ‘zero’ losses.

  9. rj   February 14, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Floyd beats this small guy UD and all you pactard fans can jump on the GGG campaign after he beats manny since you guys always jumping onto the next guy in hopes to beat floyd. You fans are so disloyal. Ive won all bets on floyd for years while i did watch alot of pac fans lose money.

  10. wbox   February 14, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Floyd wins by demands

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