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article imageOp-Ed: Why date and venue could scuttle Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown

By Leo Reyes     Dec 18, 2014 in Sports
In the early stages of the ongoing Mayweather-Pacquiao fight negotiations, two major issues stood in the way of the world's most anticipated boxing fight. These include the purse sharing issue and the random blood and urine testing that Mayweather wanted.
Seemingly, the blood and urine testing issue is now moot and academic as Pacquiao has already agreed to be tested all the way up to the day of the fight.
The purse sharing issue won't be difficult to tackle because Pacquiao has likewise agreed to a lower share of the fight pie. Unless Mayweather insists on additional percentage of the reported 60-40 sharing in his favor, the purse split can be easily resolved.
Now that Mayweather has shown interest on the resumption of the five-year-old failed talks, fight fans can look forward to the fight that they have long wanted to see.
But a debate on the raging issues of date and venue of the fight appears to stand in the way again on the over-extended fight talks.
Last weekend, Mayweather said he wants the fight to happen on May 2 to coincide with Cinco de Mayo Mexican day celebrations.
Although Mayweather did not say that the venue would be Las Vegas, Nevada, fight fans understood that it would be the venue, possibly at the MGM Grand, where Mayweather fought the last 10 of his major fights since his fight against Carlos Baldomir at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in 2006.
The date and place of the fight are emerging issues that could scuttle the fight and the possibility of Mayweather using it as a way out of the super fight isn't remote.
Manny Pacquiao celebrates his victory over Timothy Bradley following their WBO World Welterweight Ch...
Manny Pacquiao celebrates his victory over Timothy Bradley following their WBO World Welterweight Championship title match in Las Vegas on April 12, 2014
Joe Klamar, AFP
Mayweather has debunked the notion that he is afraid to face Pacquiao in the ring but the fact that he has chosen less-capable opponents in his perceived desire to preserve his unbeaten record, speaks of his probable fear of losing to Pacquiao.
In a follow-up question about his own designated May 2nd fight date, Mayweather said Arum can have his fight card in Mexico, referring to the potential fight between Mexican star Canelo Alvarez and Puerto Rican Idol Miguel Cotto.
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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