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article imageReport: Pacquiao-Mayweather fight set for September 2014

By Leo Reyes     Jan 2, 2014 in Sports
The Latino Post has reported that the long-awaited fight between pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquaio has been set for September 2014.
The report did not say where the fight will take place and what are the terms and conditions of the upcoming fight. A specific date has also not been announced yet.
No confirmation either from both sides has been cited by the Latino Post which cited a YouTube source posted on Philstar.com
To confirm the veracity of the report, Ronnie Nathanielsz of Yahoo Philippines talked to Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz over the phone as he arrived in Los Angeles from Manila.
Koncz said he was not the source of the story. “It's not me, my friend,” he told Nathanielsz. He added, “please do not believe everything that you read (about a Mayweaher fight) unless it comes from Manny or me.”
Mayweather likewise questioned the authenticity of the report, saying "It's a lie. It's not true. If it didn't come from Leonard's mouth, my mouth, or Al's mouth, it's not true." Read more.
Mayweather is set to return to the ring on May 3 against an opponent that is yet to be named while Pacquiao has been booked for April 12 but the name of his opponent has yet to be announced.
Mayweather is looking at British idol Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana of Argentina for his May 3 ring date at the MGM Grand.
Pacquiao's choices for his next fight includes Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Ruslan Provodnikov.
Pacquiao has earlier talked about his possible meeting with Mayweather in Las Vegas, Nevada when he travels to the US early this month. But there is still no new information if that meeting has taken place, giving doubt on the veracity of the Latino post report.
Mayweather has declined to face Pacquiao in the ring for as long as he fights under the Top Rank Promotions banner.
Showtime's Stephen Espinoza said Pacquiao has to break away from Top Rank in order to secure the fight with Mayweather.
“I know Floyd is not the issue. Floyd wants the fight. Floyd will fight Manny Pacquiao anywhere, any time,” Espinoza told the Telegraph. “Unfortunately, there is a promotional conflict which is the issue. I’d like to say I’m optimistic but there is a lot of politics involved. A lot of history to resolve. Unfortunately, until Manny Pacquiao changes his promotional representation, I’m not optimistic that it can happen.”
The ibtimes also reported about rumors that Pacquiao will be facing Mayweather "as a free-agent without any backings from Top-Rank promotions," giving rise to speculations that Arum has agreed to a "step-aside fee" that was a subject of discussion by Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.
Neither Pacquiao nor Arum had mentioned or announced any arrangement with regards to the news about the reported confirmation of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight deal.
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