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article imageOp-Ed: Mayweather-Pacquiao Promotions could pave way for 2015 megafight

By Leo Reyes     Jul 19, 2013 in Sports
Boxing fans from around the world are not giving up on the long overdue Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight. But pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather said, it won't happen unless Manny Pacquiao signs up with his own Mayweather Promotions company.
Mayweather's statement on the long-running on-and-off negotiations could pave the way for a possible showdown between the two of the world's greatest fighters of this generation.
"I wanted to fight Pacquiao at one particular time, but I wanted to fight him when he was at the top. I'm going not to speak on another man's finance business, but like I said before, I left Top Rank for a reason. He's with Top Rank, so I want him to be happy with Top Rank,"Mayweather told Yahoo Sports.
It appears that Mayweather does not want to deal with his former promoter Bob Arum, who owns Top Rank Promotions where Pacquiao is currently under contract.
Everybody's like, 'Aw, Pacquiao,' but I'm just letting you know he's not getting a fight with me," Mayweather said.
"The only way he's getting the fight with me is if he signs with Mayweather Promotions. He's got to give me fights with Mayweather Promotions. If he don't give me no fights under Mayweather Promotions, then he's not getting the fight. That's how it is working now, because the ball is in my court. The ball has been in my court. I have been the A side," he added.
The proposed Pacquiao-Mayweather fight has been on the drawing board for over three years and fans are still hoping that they will collide before finally hanging their gloves.
Pacquiao said he is good for three more fights while Mayweather said he will remain active and hopes to complete his reported goal of at least six pay-per-view (PPV) fights with Showtime.
But Top Rank Promotions owner Bob Arum, who once served as Mayweather's promoter, seems to be standing in the way of the highly hyped megafight.
Arum has been criticized for recycling fighters who belong to his promotions company, a practice that prevents fighters like Pacquiao from facing more capable and highly skilled fighters like Mayweather, who does not belong to his own promotions company.
Although Mayweather has his own promotions firm, he collaborates with Arum's competitor, the Golden Boy Promotions owned by former fighter, Oscar de la Hoya.
De la Hoya and his Golden Boy staff have been feuding with Arum for many years on issues ranging from business jealousy to the more contentious issues such as purse sharing and billing.
Reports are swirling around that Pacquiao's contract with Top Rank will end next year and fans are suggesting that he refrain from renewing the contract so that he can deal directly with Mayweather's handlers without Arum's intervention.
Critics say that without Arum's presence in the negotiating table, the long-awaited face off between Pacquiao and Mayweather could take place as early as the first half of next year.
The easiest way to pin Mayweather with his recent pronouncements is for Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz, to arrange a joint venture (JV) arrangement between MP Promotions, a company owned by Pacquiao and being managed by Koncz, with Mayweather Promotions for the sole purpose of forging a fight with the unbeaten champion. This is possible once Pacquiao's contract with Top Rank expires in 2014.
A JV agreement can be drawn based on a single fight or a series of fights that could tie Pacquiao with Mayweather Promotions for a number of fights.
If Mayweather turns down the proposed JV based on his preconditions, it could only mean that he is either afraid or really scared to face Pacquiao in the ring.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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