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article imageOp-Ed: What happens if Mayweather decides to renege on fight deal

By Leo Reyes     Jan 18, 2015 in Sports
By publicly announcing his decision to fight Manny Pacquiao on May 2, unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather is bound to honor his commitment or he will suffer a painful rejection by fight fans that could lead to massive boycott of his future fights.
Early last month Mayweather announced on CBS/Showtime live interview that he has finally decided to face Pacquiao in the ring on May 2. View full video of his announcement here.
Almost a month had passed, Mayweather has yet to affix his signature on the fight contract for the May 2 fight.
But the unbeaten champion has shown good intention in honoring his commitment. Not only did he give the date of the fight, he also obtained confirmation from Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum on his preferred fight date despite initial opposition from the promoter.
Another sign that Mayweather is sincere with his fight commitment could be gleaned from his effort to get Pacquiao's camp to agree on the fight venue which is the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
One of the contentious issues in the ongoing negotiations is the random blood and urine testing that he had originally demanded. This too has been reportedly agreed by both camps as reported by Lance Pugmire of LA Times.
Yahoo sports also reported that a 60-40 purse split agreement in favor of Mayweather appears to have been reached by the parties.
Now there seems to have just one more major hurdle that needs to be made which is the joint broadcast of the fight by the two competing TV networks that have interests in both Mayweather and Pacquiao. The rest are minor issues that should not be a cause for scuttling the fight contract.
At this particular stage of negotiations, fight fans know that for all intents and purposes, the fight is already a done deal.
A sudden and unexpected decision by Mayweather to walk away from his commitments at this advanced state of negotiations is simply unacceptable to the fans who are providing the funds for the fight to happen.
A boycott plan has been hatched prior to the Maidana fight and this could be revived in case Mayweather reneges on his commitment by way of his public announcement to accept Pacquiao's challenge.
CBS/Showtime, the TV network that holds a $250 million contract with Mayweather, won't be pleased with such a boycott move as it would compromise the company's finances.
Mayweather's audience count has been dwindling as shown in his last two fights and a boycott of his upcoming fights would be the last thing he would need to maintain his cordial relationship with CBS/Showtime.
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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