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 Last update:  12/29/2013       Read more by Edward Chaykovsky         
   
Showtime Prez: Mayweather-Pacquiao, Not With Top Rank
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By Edward Chaykovsky

Showtime Sports Executive VP Stephen Espinoza is not confident that a Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao super-fight will ever happen - unless Pacquiao breaks away from Top Rank and retains a new promoter.

Earlier this week, Mayweather took several social network swipes at the Filipino star.

In a recent interview, Mayweather said he would never fight Pacquiao as long as the eight division champion was promoted by Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum. In 2006, Mayweather had a nasty promotional split with Top Rank. Since that split, almost all of his fights have been co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

“I know Floyd is not the issue. Floyd wants the fight. Floyd will fight Manny Pacquiao anywhere, any time. 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," Espinoza told The Telegraph.
 
Mayweather has a return date set for May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Espinoza expects Mayweather to make a decision, regarding the opponent, in mid to late January. Both Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana are in the running.

Tags: Manny Pacquiao , Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Mayweather-Pacquiao , Mayweather vs Pacquiao


 

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comment by junior gong, on 01-04-2014
[QUOTE=Body Movin']here we go with top rank's favorite shill... i don't have to list "57" reasons for your satisfaction, no thank you. the contract breaches and lawsuits speak for themselves. hell, even manny thought it was a good idea to sign a GBP contract at one point, remember?[/QUOTE] Des...

comment by Ringlife, on 01-04-2014
I gave up on this fight happening tbh.

comment by ThePunchingBag, on 01-04-2014
Floyd putting more hoola hoops for Pacquaio to jump through to make the fight happen. I don't think that there has ever been a fighter who put this many hurdles in the way of the biggest money available. Especially one who thinks it's an easy payday. If it wasn't ridiculous before, it is now.

comment by junior gong, on 01-04-2014
[QUOTE=IMDAZED]Finally = code word for turning down 50-50, taking people to court, having your PPV #s fall, turn down $40m, get KO'ed and then have your PPV flop.[/QUOTE] "Take da test and we got a fight" :lol1:

comment by tibbar, on 01-02-2014
"This idea that Floyd hates me or I hate Floyd is poppy****, These so-called writers are saying 'Well, it cant happen because Floyd hates Bob Arum.' Floyd doesn't hate me like I don't hate him. What Mayweather hates is Manny's right hand. Mayweather has no chin and Manny will knock him out. Pacqu...

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