By Robert Morales
The negotiations for a November mega-fight, between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., took a bizarre turn on Monday when Mayweather's adviser Leonard Ellerbe released a statement that claimed the fight negotiations had never taken place.
For the last two months, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, claimed there were ongoing negotiations to make a fight with Mayweather for November 13.
Last Friday, Arum held a conference call with the press and disclosed various details about the negotiations. According to Arum, HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg was handling the negotiations between Top Rank and Mayweather's manager Al Haymon. At no time did Arum directly speak to anyone from Mayweather's side. All of the communications were handled through Greenburg.
Ellerbe claimed otherwise in his statement.
"Here are the facts. Al Haymon, Richard Schaefer and myself speak to each other on a regular basis, and the truth is no negotiations have ever taken place nor was there ever a deal agreed upon by Team Mayweather or Floyd Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 13. Either Ross Greenburg or Bob Arum is not telling the truth, but history tells us who is lying," Ellerbe said.
When BoxingScene.com spoke with Schaefer, he didn't say much, but he did make it clear that he fully supports the statement made by Ellerbe. Schaefer is the CEO for Golden Boy Promotions, who along with Mayweather Promotions, co-promote Mayweather's fights.
"You read the statement from Leonard and I stand behind that statement, and I have nothing else to add," Schaefer told BoxingScene.com