Schaefer Backs The Position of Team Mayweather

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 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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 07-23-2010

[QUOTE=Volcano High;8888942]how can you be misquoted in a video? that's a new one to me.[/QUOTE] Well that interview is in a foreign language, maybe spanish. Did he say mis-quoted? or mis-interpreted? Either way, Hoya denied the interpretation, and Schaefer backed…

Comment by Maidana vs Rios on 07-23-2010

[QUOTE=LeadUppercut;8888854]That's a very good point, I remember reading Schaefer contradict Oscar, and then Oscar saying that he was mis-quoted.[/QUOTE] how can you be misquoted in a video? that's a new one to me.

Comment by LeadUppercut on 07-23-2010

[QUOTE=sNiTcH;8878469]Ellerbe would only say he stands by his statement and wouldn't discuss it further. Schaefer, whose company is promoting the blockbuster Juan Diaz-Juan Manuel Marquez rematch July 31 in Las Vegas, said he called De La Hoya and asked him…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 07-23-2010

[QUOTE=RossCA;8878241]I think it was irresponsible for Bob Arum to announce these talks were going on and getting everyone excited, because he wasn't talking to Mayweathers camp or Golden boy directly. It would have been better if he kept it on…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 07-23-2010

[QUOTE=fcastro1;8876912] did floyd sign a contract where both fighters cant agree on. Floyd signed a contract but not one that pac agreed to. i call that bullshit. [B] So what? We are asking why Manny will agree to those same…

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