Op-Ed: Mayweather-Pacquiao super fight may no longer be feasible

Posted Feb 10, 2015 by Leo Reyes
If no fight contract is signed by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in the seven days, the super fight that Mayweather has calendared for May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada may no longer happen as planned.
Floyd Mayweather posted this picture the meeting between himself and Manny Pacquiao.  Is it in the  ...
Floyd Mayweather posted this picture the meeting between himself and Manny Pacquiao. Is it in the hotel room in Miami, or a more recent photo of the two talking in Las Vegas?
Photo Floyd Mayweather social media
While it is true that there is no need to allot more time in promoting the fight as it has been talked about in the last five years, there is a need to set aside at least 10 days for both camps to mobilize their people to do the usual preparations both in the training and promotional aspects of the fight.
The usual practice is for both fighters to undergo training and intense physical conditioning for at least 60 days before the day of the fight.
Since the MGM Grand has reportedly locked May 2 for the super fight, Mayweather and Pacquiao should be in a training mode by the end of this month in order to comply with the usual training schedule for major fights.
In this scenario, both Mayweather and Pacquiao will train for the whole months of March and April and if the window for preliminaries or mobilization period is consumed due to the disagreement on the terms of the fight, the fight may no longer be feasible technically and financially.
While it would still be possible for both fighters to face each other in the ring with a shortened training schedule, it could also affect their performance in the ring and it may result in a dull or boring fight that could anger the viewers especially those who will pay the reported $5,000 cost for the prime seats.
Financially, the promoters may find it difficult to sell $300 million worth of tickets or pay-per-view subscriptions in 60 days.
The promoters for the planned Mayweather-Pacquiao fight are aiming for over $300 million is revenues in order to recoup their investments and pay off the fighters' guaranteed prizes.
Earlier, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum has stated that there are only two more issues that need to be resolved and was optimistic that the contract will be signed in the next few days. But almost a week have passed and no fight contract has been signed.
"We had four issues and we resolved two," said Arum. "Now we're working on resolving the other two. Unless something else comes up at the last minute, that's what my take is."
Floyd Mayweather chatting with Manny Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather chatting with Manny Pacquiao
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Last month, a face-to-face meeting between Mayweather and Pacquiao took place during the halftime break in the NBA game between Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks at the American Airlinesa Arena in Florida.
The brief encounter was followed by an hour-long meeting between the two elite fighters in a hotel where Pacquiao was billeted after acting as one of the judges in the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant last January 23.
Among other things, it was reportedly agreed during the meeting that Mayweather will do the official announcement of the fight.
Mayweather has yet to make the announcement. The latest from the unbeaten American is a video clip showing him talking to Pacquiao saying the fight has to happen.