Contrary to reports alleging that an agreement has been made for a mega-fight between undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, Mr. Mayweather told a reporter at the NBA All-Star game that neither him or Pacquiao has agreed to fight.
“That’s not true,” Mr. Mayweather said. “I haven’t signed yet, and he hasn’t signed yet.”
Last month, Mr. Pacquiao reportedly agreed to all the terms and was ready to fight. However, it was believed that Mr. Mayweather hadn’t signed on to the fight until reports surfaced earlier this week.
Top Rank CEO, Bob Arum, told the Examiner that Mr. Pacquiao and Mr. Mayweather’s representatives had both informally agreed to fight; but Mr. Mayweather hadn’t completely committed to fighting Mr. Pacquiao.
In line with the general consensus among many boxing observers, Mr. Arum stated he has always suspected that Mr. Mayweather has never wanted to fight Mr. Pacquiao.
Nonetheless, outreach on the part of CBS CEO makes him optimistic this time.
“The only difference this time is because Leslie Moonves (CEO CBS) has been doing some stellar work trying to close this match,” Mr. Arum said. “He’s met with everybody, he’s talked to everybody. There’s no question in my mind that Showtime and CBS want this match to happen.”
Stephen Espinoza, Showtime Vice President of Showtime Sports and Event Programming tweeted that “Not sure what anyone is signing since no agreement has been finalized yet.”