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article imageOp-Ed: Mayweather patiently waits for contract, Pacquiao mouths off

By Marcus Hondro     Jan 20, 2015 in Sports
There is nothing from any official involved in negotiations that suggests Floyd Mayweather is balking at signing to fight Manny Pacquiao on May 2. The only suggestions that Mayweather won't sign are coming from none other than Pacquiao himself.
Pacquiao talks big game
It's actually somewhat pathetic, and self-serving, and Pacquiao should stick to politics, to singing or how about training? Instead he goes for interviews and throws the blame at Mayweather for the lack of a contract. With statements like this:
“We just want to make that fight happen, for the sake of the fans, for the sake of millions of people around the world who are excited to see that fight,” Pacquiao said. “My promoter and I, we’ve already agreed to the terms and conditions of whatever he wants. We’re just waiting on the signed contract from him.
“That’s the hard part – if they will fight or not. We have to know soon, because if they will not fight, we can move on and choose another opponent."
He paints himself there as someone who cares greatly about fans, implying that Mayweather does not. Other interviews he has said that the only thing standing in the way of the fight is Floyd Mayweather.
Showtime and HBO negotiate
But from everything that we can glean from reports neither boxer is getting in the way of the fight, it is rather the broadcasters. The venue, the MGM Grand, is set, the method of drug-testing, the split, reported to be 60-40 in favor of Mayweather.
When you get giants like Showtime and HBO trying to agree on how to broadcast what will be the richest event in the history of one of the world's greatest sports it takes time. Pacquiao is with HBO and Mayweather is under contract to Showtime; these broadcasters have a big stake, and the last word. There is not fight until they say there is a fight.
Still, there are multiple signs that the fight is happening and the details left to iron out are being ironed out by the broadcasters. It seems logical they'll aim to have it done around Superbowl weekend, making a splash during the celebration of the biggest sporting event in North America.
Manny Pacquiao can play the hero all he wants but the facts of the negotiations being dependent on the broadcasters won't change because of anything he says. It appears that Floyd Mayweather is holding back, letting Pacquiao do and say as he likes. Mayweather is saving his energy for the place it belongs.
Mayweather will do his talking 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
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