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  • #11
    Originally posted by clmags12 View Post
    Why would you recap something thats considered a huge black eye to boxing?
    Reread sentence #1. You people are a piece of work!

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    • #12
      Is it 2012 or 2022?

      Good work but I think everyone knows the deal already.

      The only way those that hate Floyd or love Manny can take away from Floyd beating is to criticize things outside the ring.

      If they don’t do that, they’d have to just admit they were wrong picking Manny to beat Floyd.



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      • #13
        Originally posted by The Big Dunn View Post
        Is it 2012 or 2022?

        Good work but I think everyone knows the deal already.

        The only way those that hate Floyd or love Manny can take away from Floyd beating is to criticize things outside the ring.

        If they don’t do that, they’d have to just admit they were wrong picking Manny to beat Floyd.
        Like I said here ---> I see some people still really think that Floyd waited until Pacquiao was vulnerable before signing on the dotted line.

        Having 1 link to the entire thing will help me moving forward.

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        • #14
          All I took out of this was that Fraud Jr. made soooooooooooo many demands for the fight. No wonder Pac and team basically said, "f**k this guy" at the end. No "fighter" should dictate a bout in the amount that Fraud Jr. and team were so that they could get the upper hand before the bout ever even started. Thought whatever, it's history now.

          Instead we got the greatest farce of a fight when it happened, a good 6 years too late. Even that, Jr. had gone into it with advantages.
          Rec28, Uncle Argyle and 2 others like this.

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          • #15
            One of bob Arum's excuses was that they had to build an entire new stadium in order for the fight to happen and then years latter they just fought at the MGM like they always do and still grossed the highest amount of all time of any fight.

            Then when floyd was going to jail that one year, Arum said pac could only fight during the period Floyd would be in jail, floyd went and got the judge to push back his jail start date so they could make the fight and then Arum said oh no some things changed he has to move it yet again.


            Arum's excuses were endless with these negotiations.

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            • #16
              Originally posted by ELPacman View Post
              All I took out of this was that Fraud Jr. made soooooooooooo many demands for the fight. No wonder Pac and team basically said, "f**k this guy" at the end. No "fighter" should dictate a bout in the amount that Fraud Jr. and team were so that they could get the upper hand before the bout ever even started. Thought whatever, it's history now.

              Instead we got the greatest farce of a fight when it happened, a good 6 years too late. Even that, Jr. had gone into it with advantages.


              lol Arum said an entire stadium must be built. That is like the record for biggest excuse of all time.

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              • #17
                Originally posted by War Room View Post
                MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO NEGOTIATIONS TIMELINE COMPLETE

                I see some people still really think that Floyd waited until Pacquiao was vulnerable before signing on the dotted line. This timeline clearly shows the entire debacle in one single comprehensive timeline. I'm posting this for future use when someone brings it up I can just pass this link on with all the content visible on one page.

                I've hyperlinked the original sources alphanumerically for easier referrence in future discussions. Original page sources and info key at bottom of page.

                MARCH 19, 2009
                • Rumors surface that Mayweather is planning a ring return, the ultimate goal being a mega-fight with Pacquiao.

                  Less than a year after officially announcing his retirement, rumors quickly begin to surface that Floyd Mayweather is planning his return to the ring. Speaking to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, two unidentified sources revealed that Mayweather was willing to face anyone, but his ultimate target was a showdown with Manny Pacquiao. "He is coming back. I've been around him. He's ready to dance again very soon," said one source, who recently spent time with Mayweather and has known him for years. "He's itching to go. The way he sounded, he is willing to take on whoever they throw in his face. He would do the [Manny] Pacquiao-[Ricky] Hatton winner, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez. The only one he doesn't have an interest in is [a rematch with] Oscar De La Hoya. But in Floyd's mind, he knows there is one Godzilla, and that's a fight with Pacquiao," one source was quoted as saying.


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                APRIL 3, 2009
                • Pacquiao reveals that he heard from Mayweather's camp that he was indeed returning.

                  Speaking to Michael David Smith of AOL Fanhouse, Manny Pacquiao reveals that he head from Mayweather's camp that Floyd Mayweather would indeed be returning to the ring. "I think he's going to fight again. He's not really retired...I heard from Floyd Jr.'s camp that he's coming back to the ring," Pacquiao explained. "For me -- if I'm Floyd -- I would fight a tune-up fight and then fight me," Pacquiao continued. "That's for me, but I don't know what his plan is. He might want to fight me right away."


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                  SOURCE 4 (DOA) http://www.aolnews.com/2009/03/30/manny-pacquiao-floyd...
                APRIL 16, 2009
                • Bob Arum says he's unsure about the idea of matching Manny Pacquiao with Floyd Mayweather at 147 pounds.

                  As rumors of Floyd Mayweather's return to boxing continue to grow, fans and media alike become infatuated with the idea of a mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao. Promoter Bob Arum, however, tells several members of the media that he's unsure about the possibility of matching Manny Pacquiao with Floyd Mayweather in a welterweight bout. "The question with a Mayweather fight is at what weight? That's the big question. At 140, I don't think there's any problem making that fight. If Floyd wants to come in at a higher weight, I don't know. A catch-weight is a possibility also. But none of that has been discussed and I won't let anyone discuss it until after this fight," Arum explained. "But he could go **** himself. Tell him that! **** Mayweather. Pacquiao's the big attraction. He has to come to us if he wants it. If he doesn't come to us, there's dozens of other guys we can fight."


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                APRIL 17, 2009
                • More sources reveal that Floyd Mayweather is indeed coming out of retirement to face Juan Manuel Marquez.

                  After spending just a little over a year in retirement, sources revealed that Floyd Mayweather has already picked an opponent for his comeback, Juan Manuel Marquez, who officially challenged Mayweather during an interview after his title-winning victory over Juan Diaz. "If Floyd Mayweather is the best, then I want to fight the best," Marquez said during the post-fight interview on HBO. "I want to move up [to welterweight]. He is the best and I want him."


                  SOURCE 7
                MAY 2, 2009
                • Floyd Mayweather officially announces his return.

                  Several hours before Manny Pacquiao was scheduled to face off against Ricky Hatton, Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions held a press conference where Floyd Mayweather officially announced his return to the ring to face Juan Manuel Marquez. "That's right. I'm back and you can all get ready for another chapter of the Mayweather experience," said Mayweather. "I told my CEO Leonard Ellerbe from the start that I wanted to come back fighting the best fighters out there and Juan Manuel Marquez is one of the best in boxing today."

                  SOURCE 8
                MAY 2, 2009
                • Pacquiao impressively defeats Ricky Hatton via knockout.

                  After just 2 rounds, Manny Pacquiao literally brings an end to Ricky Hatton's career, dropping him in the first round before rendering him unconscious in the second.

                  SOURCE 9
                MAY 4, 2009
                • Freddie Roach says he's not interested in Pacquiao fighting Mayweather at 147 pounds.

                  Although Manny Pacquiao is confident that he can fight as a welterweight, his trainer Freddie Roach says that he's not interested in fighting Floyd Mayweather at 147 pounds any time soon. "At the right weight? No problem. At 147? Forget it," Roach said. "Manny doesn't need it. Manny's best weight is 140."


                  SOURCE 10 (DOA) http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=464414
                  SOURCE 11 (DOA) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/...
                MAY 7, 2009
                • Rumors surface that Mayweather wants a 60-40 split in his favor to face Pacquiao.

                  Despite the fact that he has yet to face Juan Manuel Marquez and negotiations for a Pacquiao fight have yet to begin, rumors already begin to surface that Floyd Mayweather expects a 60-40 split in his favor in order to make a fight with Manny Pacquiao a reality.


                  SOURCE 12
                MAY 15, 2009
                • Roach says Mayweather is not getting a 60-40 split.

                  Again, although negotiations have yet to begin, trainer Freddie Roach makes it clear that a 60-40 split in Mayweather's favor is not going to work. "Both fighters have egos. Mayweather wants a 60-40 split. He's not going to get that with Manny. I know for sure Manny won't accept anything like that," Roach stated during an interview.


                  SOURCE 13
                MAY 22, 2009
                • Roach reiterates that Mayweather is not getting a 60-40 split; says they don't plan on waiting for him to make Pacquiao's next fight.

                  During an in-studio appearance on ESPN's Friday Night Fights, trainer Freddie Roach reiterates to host Brian Kenny that Mayweather will not be getting a 60-40 split in his favor. Furthermore, Roach makes it clear that they don't plan on waiting around for the outcome of Mayweather's bout with Marquez to make a decision on their next move. "But the thing is we're not going to wait for this guy though. If something else comes up for us; he chose to fight somebody else. We're the top dog right now. If he wants to make the kind of money he's talking about, he has to fight Pacquiao because Pacquiao's the draw right now, not Floyd Mayweather...The hardest thing with Mayweather, he wants the 60/40 he's talking about, you know. Pacquiao's the number one guy. 60/40 our way will work. 60/40 his way, it's not happening."


                  SOURCE 14
                MAY 27, 2009
                • Mayweather says Pacquiao is not getting a 50-50 split.

                  During an online chat with his fans, Floyd Mayweather makes it clear that Manny Pacquiao will never get a 50/50 split of the purse against him. "Pacquiao will never get 50/50. It'll be a cold day in hell before that happens," Mayweather stated, pointing to his pay-per-view numbers as proof that he's indeed the bigger draw. "We deal with facts. When he fought Oscar, he did 1.25 [million]. When I fought Oscar, we did 2.5 [million]. Against Hatton, they did 800 [thousand] and change. I did 930 [thousand] for the same fight. I did over a million in the UK and they did less than half of that."


                  SOURCE 15
                MAY 31, 2009
                • Arum calls Mayweather delusional and says he may not even get a 50-50 split.

                  "You can tell Floyd Mayweather that Bob Arum said he's delusional," remarked promoter Bob Arum when asked what he thought about the rumors that Mayweather wanted a 60-40 split in his favor. "Floyd is not the attraction. Manny is the attraction. Floyd's got no idea what he's talking about," Arum continued as he countered Mayweather's comments about being the bigger draw. "Even a 50/50 split with Floyd Mayweather is nonsense."


                  SOURCE 16 (DOA) http://www.philstar.com/SportsArticle.aspx?articleId=473384
                MAY 31, 2009
                • Pacquiao names potential future opponents, but leaves the final decision up to his team.

                  In a feature column at PhilBoxing.com, Manny Pacquiao updated his fans on who his next opponent may be. Revealing that he had a number of options, including Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel, and of course Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao insisted that he would not back down from any of them, but would not choose one in particular, instead leaving the decision in the hands of his team. "There's a lot of opponents who want to try and fight me because of my rank as the number one pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. I will not back down nor choose anyone. Just as long as my team chooses wisely and everything is fair and right, I will not back down," he commented.


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                JUNE 14, 2009
                • Mayweather's bout with Marquez postponed due to an injury.

                  Floyd Mayweather's July 18 return to the ring to face Juan Manuel Marquez is postponed due to a rib injury sustained by Mayweather while training. "I am extremely disappointed that this fight has to be postponed," said Mayweather. "I was training very hard and looking forward to getting back in the ring on July 18th."


                  SOURCE 19
                JUNE 14, 2009
                • Arum reveals plans were already in the works for Pacquiao vs. Cotto; fight nearly finalized.

                  Shortly after Miguel Cotto won a controversial decision over Joshua Clottey, his promoter Bob Arum revealed that he already had preliminary discussions with the Puerto Rican champion about a potential fight with Pacquiao. "I would like for him [Cotto] to fight Manny Pacquiao...That would be a tremendous fight and I hope we can get it done for November," Arum stated. "I talked preliminarily with the Cotto people face-to-face at a meeting in Tampa when he was training for the [Joshua] Clottey fight...I laid out everything. Hopefully we'll have their answer and get it resolved with them by the end of the week. Both guys want to fight each other. When that happens, generally it can all come together."


                  SOURCE 20 (DOA) http://www.mb.com.ph/node/206890/arum-it
                  SOURCE 21
                JUNE 18, 2009
                • Mayweather's bout with Marquez rescheduled for September.

                  After receiving clearance from his doctor, Floyd Mayweather's bout with Juan Manuel Marquez is officially rescheduled for September 19.


                  SOURCE 22
                JULY 14, 2009
                • Mayweather offers to pay step aside money to Marquez; reiterates that a 50-50 purse split with Pacquiao won't happen.

                  During a conference call to promote his return to the ring, Mayweather offers to pay step aside money to Juan Manuel Marquez if Manny Pacquiao is willing to fight him. "If Manny really does want to fight me, all he's got do to is say it. We can pay Marquez to step aside, we can pay him $1 million. Is you ready? Let me know," Mayweather commented. He also made it clear that if the fight does take place, he will not be splitting the purse 50-50 with Pacquiao. "Bob Arum wants 50-50, that's why we'll never get that fight...We don't like to negotiate our personal business, but everybody knows [Pacquiao] is not going to get a 50-50 with Floyd Mayweather," he reiterated. "He hasn't done anything that I haven't done. He just followed behind me. It's like a T-bone steak. I eat all the meat off the steak and they threw him the bone...He hasn't called me out. I'm not hard to find. I ain't worried about him. With or without him, I'm comfortable. I'm happy. He don't make me. I don't chase opponents. Opponents chase me. The biggest fight in boxing is Mayweather versus anybody."


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                  SOURCE 26 (DOA) http://www.mb.com.ph/node/211019/mayweather
                SEPTEMBER 15, 2009
                • Floyd Mayweather Sr. makes first insinuation that Pacquiao may be using PEDs.

                  Just days prior to Floyd Mayweather's first fight back since retiring, his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., shares his opinion about Manny Pacquiao to Josh Slagter of the Grand Rapids Press. "My honest opinion, I believe he's on some kind of supplements. Pacquiao, he is, if you see him now, he starts doing his stuff like this [shaking his head] all in front of the TV, you know what that's about...personally, myself, I don't think he can beat Lil Floyd with steroids in him or not. I just don't think he got...he don't have that kind of talent. He don't have that kind of skill, you know. Whatever he got in him, that's what they doing right now, man," Mayweather Sr. commented, suggesting that Pacquiao's recent success may be due to his use of "supplements".


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                SEPTEMBER 19, 2009
                • Mayweather dominates Marquez.

                  Not even close! Floyd Mayweather dominates Juan Manuel Marquez, winning nearly every round on all three scorecards and limiting Marquez to landing only 69 punches out of 583.


                  SOURCE 29
                OCTOBER 7, 2009
                • Bob Arum suggests Floyd Mayweather's next fight should be with Shane Mosley.

                  With Manny Pacquiao already scheduled to face Miguel Cotto in November, promoter Bob Arum suggests that Floyd Mayweather should fight Shane Mosley next. "The fight that should be made is Mayweather and Shane Mosley, but Mayweather won't take that fight. He won't take any fight where there is any possibility where he might lose," Arum would tell Rick Reeno of BoxingScene.com. "Money is secondary with him. He will not take a chance like a normal fighter. He cares more about his legacy and being able to retire undefeated so he could say that he never lost a fight." Arum also made it clear that he would not entertain anything less than a 50/50 split of the purse if they began negotiations after the Cotto bout. "If I start hearing 60/40, that just tells me to hang up and move on to the next guy," Arum added.


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                NOVEMBER 14, 2009
                • Pacquiao dominates Cotto.

                  Manny Pacquiao continues his assault on the welterweight division, dropping Miguel Cotto twice before ultimately stopping him in the 12th round.


                  SOURCE 32
                NOVEMBER 15, 2009
                • Golden Boy Promotions given green light by Mayweather to begin negotiations.

                  Less than two hours after Manny Pacquiao defeated Miguel Cotto on November 14, 2009, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer contacted the President of HBO Sports, Ross Greenburg, to inform him that he had been given permission by Floyd Mayweather to begin negotiations for a potential showdown. "He plans on meeting next week with Bob to make the Mayweather fight," revealed Greenberg just minutes after the phone call.


                  SOURCE 33
                NOVEMBER 17, 2009
                • Multiple venues begin vying for the fight.

                  Reports begin to surface regarding a number of venues already vying for the chance to land the biggest financial fight in boxing history.


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                NOVEMBER 18, 2009
                • Rumblings about purse split issues surface again.

                  In an interview with Adam Smith of Sky Sports, Mayweather against states that should a bout with Pacquiao come to fruition, he deserves to get the lion's share of the purse. "I deserve the bigger piece of the pie. I've done more, I've been around the sport longer and I've been dominating longer. And nobody has beaten me yet. Like I said before, they trying to build a fighter to beat me. They built Ricky Hatton up, undefeated; it didn't happen. They constantly build these fighters up. It's not going to happen. When God wants me to lose, that's when I'll lose," Mayweather remarked.


                  SOURCE 35
                NOVEMBER 22, 2009
                • Rumblings about purse split issues continue to grow.

                  Speaking to David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe reiterated their belief that Mayweather deserves the lion's share of the purse should a bout with Pacquiao be made. "Floyd has proved himself the undisputable champion and numbers don't lie. If the fight happens, he deserves the lion's share of the purse," Ellerbe stated.


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                NOVEMBER 30, 2009
                • Disagreements arise regarding the date: March, May or September?

                  Negotiations would hit another minor bump in the road after Pacquiao confirmed his decision to run for Congress in the May 2010 general elections. HBO was hoping to target May 1st as the date for the potential showdown, but Pacquiao's candidacy for the May elections would've made it difficult for him to properly train for his toughest challenge inside the ring. Pacquiao was willing to fight sooner, in March, but Mayweather preferred the later date. Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, would reveal that promoter Bob Arum informed him that the bout would likely be pushed back to September.


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                DECEMBER 1, 2009
                • Reports surface claiming that the bout is nearly finalized after Mayweather agreed to terms.

                  According to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, sources informed him that the much-anticipated clash was already nearly finalized and reportedly set for March 13, 2010. No specifics details on the purse split, weight, or gloves were given, but Mayweather apparently agreed to all terms for a March 13 showdown, and Cowboys Stadium, the MGM Grand Garden Arena and the New Orleans Superdome were all venues said to be in the running to host the mega-fight at the time.


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                DECEMBER 2, 2009
                • Arum travels to the Philippines to finalize details with Pacquiao.

                  According to sources, despite a few "minor" details that still needed to be ironed out, Mayweather had agreed to the biggest hurdles at the time, the purse split and the date of the bout, prompting Bob Arum to fly to Manila to meet with Pacquiao in-person to finalize their end of the deal.


                  SOURCE 44
                DECEMBER 3, 2009
                • Freddie Roach and Bob Arum disagree on the date of the bout.

                  "March 13 is too fast a turnaround. Manny has a broken eardrum. I'd like to have more time," stated Freddie Roach when asked to comment on the status of negotiations. Roach seemed reluctant for Pacquiao to face Mayweather in March so soon after his November clash with Miguel Cotto. Arum, however, insisted that the fight must take place sooner rather than later due to Pacquiao's plans to run for Congress. "I am not here to interfere with his political life and March 13 doesn't.if he lets Mayweather off the hook now by not agreeing to the March 13 date because of politics here in this country, then we are never going to get him (Mayweather) in the ring," Arum explained.


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                DECEMBER 4, 2009
                • Pacquiao agrees to March 13 date, provided some "very minor" additional requests are met.

                  After meeting with Arum, Pacquiao agreed to terms for a March 13th clash. "I had a meeting this morning and we went over all the points and now I have to go back to the United States and sit with the Mayweather people and finalize some very minor aspects and then we'll have an announcement sometime next week," Arum proclaimed. Pacquiao's advisor, Michael Koncz, would reiterate that there were still some minor details that needed to be ironed out, stating, "Manny has some additional requirements, requests, which Arum didn't think was a problem." The "minor details" would be revealed later.


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                DECEMBER 4, 2009
                • Freddie Roach claims Mayweather wants to fight at 154 pounds with 10 oz. gloves.

                  According to Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach, the "very minor" details that still needed to be ironed out were the weight limit and glove size, as Mayweather allegedly only agreed to fight at 154 pounds with 10 oz. gloves. "There's always negotiations, like he [Mayweather] wants 10 oz. gloves, we want 8 oz. gloves, stuff like that; the weight he wants is 154 lb., we want 147, so there's some issues, but I think it can be solved. It's a tough fight because his style does give us difficulties, and we need to draft a plan for a new strategy. Yes, it's a tough fight, but it's a fight Manny wants."


                  SOURCE 49
                DECEMBER 5, 2009
                • Pacquiao allegedly signs a contract to face Mayweather.

                  According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Manny Pacquiao officially signed a contract to face Floyd Mayweather. Just one day prior, it was reported that although both sides had agreed to initial terms, there were still some "minor details" that needed to be ironed out. According to Rafael, however, those details were apparently resolved and the Filipino icon allegedly put pen to paper to face Mayweather on March 13 in a welterweight (147-pound) bout using 8 oz. gloves for an agreed upon 50-50 split of the purse.


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                DECEMBER 5, 2009
                • Pacquiao denies ever signing a contract to face Mayweather.

                  Oops! At least that's probaby what Dan Rafael of ESPN was thinking after just reporting that Pacquiao had indeed signed a contract to face Mayweather. "We haven't signed anything, although we think that that is a formality. But that won't happen until the end of negotiations," Pacquiao's advisor Michael Koncz would explain to Lem Satterfield of AOL Fanhouse. Pacquiao himself would confirm that statement. When asked directly if he had signed any contracts, Pacquiao replied, "No, because there are still some things that need to be negotiated. That would be premature and foolish. Nobody ever brought us a contract to sign. We agreed to everything in principle, but there are still some finer points that need to be negotiated." Those "fine points" would later be revealed.


                  SOURCE 52
                DECEMBER 7, 2009
                • Pacquiao requests $10 million per pound weight penalty.

                  Fearing that Mayweather may not make the agreed upon welterweight limit of 147 pounds, one of the "minor details" and "fine points" that Team Pacquiao requested was a weight penalty that would force Mayweather to pay $10 million for every pound over the maximum allowable weight. "Our concern is that Floyd might come in at 150 lbs during the official weigh-in (on the eve of the fight). Of course, we will not let this pass. We will put that particular provision in the contract," Pacquiao's lawyer, Franklin Gacal, explained. Without hesitation, Mayweather would agree to the request.


                  SOURCE 53 (DOA) http://www.mb.com.ph/node/232991/penaltie
                DECEMBER 9, 2009
                • A rift begins to grow over the venue: Cowboys Stadium or MGM Grand?

                  According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Dallas Cowboys Stadium was no longer in the running as a potential venue after Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer canceled a planned trip with Bob Arum and HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg to meet with Dallas Cowboys officials to discuss a proposal to bring the megafight to the stadium. "I'm not going to Texas. I'm not going to do the fight in Texas. I'm not going to waste my time," was Schaefer's only explanation to Arum.


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                DECEMBER 10, 2009
                • Arum voluntarily removes himself from negotiations; blames Richard Schaefer.

                  Upset with Richard Schaefer's last-minute cancelling of their meeting with Dallas Cowboys officials, Bob Arum relinquishes negotiating duties to his stepson, Top Rank President Todd DuBoef. "I am so emotionally sick over this thing that I wash my hands of the negotiations completely. And I gave it Todd to save this thing. I told him that he can deal with them. I'm not dealing with them anymore. Todd DuBoef will be talking to them. As I said, I wash my hands completely of this whole thing.I think that Richard Schaefer must have an agenda, because I just don't deal with people that way. I feel totally humiliated. I really don't think that Floyd Mayweather has anything to do with it. Do I know for sure? No. But I can't see why Floyd would have an agenda here. I just can't see that," said Arum, placing blame on Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.


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                DECEMBER 11, 2009
                • Freddie Roach reveals rumor about a request for Olympic-style drug testing, but says they will agree.

                  In a video titled "Boxing Legend Freddie Roach Updates Us On Pacquiao" uploaded to YouTube on DECEMBER 11, 2009, Freddie Roach reveals the first hint about Mayweather's request for Olympic-style drug testing, telling roving reporter Elie Seckbach, "I hear negotiations are a little shady. Schaefer and them are unhappy about something. They want Olympic-style drug testing. I said, 'Yeah, no problem.' I said, 'Whatever you want.' Since we excepted that, now they're running scared again."


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                DECEMBER 12, 2009
                • Mayweather's request for Olympic-style drug testing is officially revealed.

                  The first reports of Mayweather's request for Olympic-style drug testing began to surface as Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe explained their stance that both fighters be subjected to random blood and urine testing in the weeks leading up to the March 13 fight. "Al and I made sure this will be implemented. It is going to be done. It's not a one-way thing, it's both fighters who are subject to testing. And this is not Floyd saying this. This is me and Al. This is one of the biggest fights in the history of the sport and the fans deserve it to be fair. Floyd's got nothing to do with this. It's our job to protect him and give him the best chance to be successful," Ellerbe would comment.


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                DECEMBER 13, 2009
                • Michael Koncz says request for Olympic-style testing is a laughing matter and suggests they have no problem with it.

                  Speaking to Lem Satterfield of AOL Fanhouse, Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz, suggests that Mayweather's request for Olympic-style drug testing is a laughing matter and they have no concerns whatsoever about it. "Our reaction is, 'So what?' We know Manny doesn't take any illegal drugs or anything. And none of this is getting under Manny's skin or anything. I'm here with Manny, and to him, it's like a joke. It's a laughing matter," said Koncz. "It's something foolish anyway. Why would we be concerned? We know he doesn't do any of that ****."


                  SOURCE 60 (DOA) http://www.aolnews.com/2009/12/13/pacquiao-would...
                DECEMBER 19, 2009
                • MGM Grand reported as venue for March 13 bout.

                  Mulitple sources named the MGM Grand Garden Arena as the venue to host the mega-fight. Plans were already being made to announce the bout at a JANUARY 6 press conference in New York, followed by another press conference on JANUARY 8 in Los Angeles.


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                DECEMBER 22, 2009
                • Golden Boy press release reveals Pacquiao is unwilling to agree to random Olympic-style blood and urine testing.

                  After reports had surfaced that both parties had agreed to all terms, Golden Boy Promotions released a press release revealing that Pacquiao was unwilling to comply with the Olympic-style drug testing requested by Team Mayweather. "Todd told me that Pacquiao has difficulty with taking blood and doesn't want to do it so close to the fight. He, Pacquiao, would only agree to have blood drawn before the kick-off press conference and after the fight," Schaefer would explain in the press release. Both Mayweather himself and Leonard Ellerbe were also quoted in the press release, reiterating their concern that "an elite athlete like Manny Pacquiao" would refuse an opportunity to ensure a "level of fairness" and a "level playing field" in a fight of this magnitude.


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                DECEMBER 23, 2009
                • Infuriated Bob Arum declares the fight is off; blames Mayweather.

                  Furious with Mayweather's unwillingness to change his stance on random blood testing, Arum declared the fight was off and that Pacquiao would be facing a different opponent. "We're going in a different direction. What I believe is that Floyd never really wanted the fight and this is just harassment of Pacquiao. We appeased Mayweather by agreeing to a urine analysis at any time, and blood testing before the press conference and after the fight. Mayweather pressed for blood testing even up to the weigh-in. He knew that Manny gets freaked out when his blood gets taken, and feels that it weakens him. This is just harassment and, to me, just signaled that he didn't want the fight," Arum would tell David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press as he explained why he immediately rejected the request for random blood tests. "Nevada has stringent drug testing, right before the fight and after the fight. This is all a bunch of hooey and nonsense...Manny Pacquiao doesn't know anything about drugs. This is just typical nastiness by wise guys like (adviser Leonard) Ellerbe and Mayweather. They're just wise guys. I don't think Schaefer's to blame. I think he got sucked in by it," he continued, this time making sure to place full blame on Team Mayweather as opposed to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who was handling the negotiations at the time.


                  SOURCE 65
                DECEMBER 23, 2009
                • Arum issues first deadline for Mayweather to accept Team Pacquiao's terms.

                  Not long after declaring that the fight was off, Arum had a change of heart and offered Mayweather a 24-hour take-it-or-leave-it deadline to accept Team Pacquiao's terms for drug testing. "Manny has told me he doesn't want to be harassed. We're not jumping through hoops for Mayweather. I'm not going to take this," Bob Arum would remark, referring to Mayweather's request for random Olympic-style drug testing. Instead, Arum explained Pacquiao would only agree to blood tests more than 30 days before the fight and right after the fight. Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, would tell Lance Pugmire of the LA Times that he had no problems with the blood testing so long as they ended either 1 week or 72 hours before the bout. Leonard Ellerbe also revealed to Lance Pugmire that, according to officials at USADA, Pacquiao would not have to give a blood sample the day before the bout during the weigh-in. Despite agreeing that USADA wasn't likely to request a sample the day before the fight, Arum stood firm on his position, insisting that if Floyd Mayweather did not drop his demands for Olympic-style drug testing, the highly-anticipated clash would be off and Pacquiao would move forward to face a different opponent. Arum also instructed members of his staff to begin "working on another fight with Manny." Names that were tossed around included Yuri Foreman, Paulie Malignaggi and Juan Manuel Marquez.


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                DECEMBER 23, 2009
                • Top Rank press release sent out explaining Team Pacquiao only willing to agree to 3 non-random blood tests.

                  Just hours later on the same day, Top Rank sends out a press release explaining their position on Mayweather's request for random Olympic-style drug testing. In it, Arum clarified that Pacquiao was willing to submit to as many random urine tests requested, but as far as random blood tests are concerned, he was only willing to subject himself to 3 tests: one in JANUARY, one 30 days from the bout (no later than February 13), and immediately after the fight. "Let's be very clear on the real issues we differ on. It's not about being tested. Manny is onboard with that since it's such a major concern of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. It's about who does the testing and the scheduling of the procedures. Manny will submit to as many random urine tests requested. Regarding the blood tests, he will subject himself to three tests; one given in JANUARY during the week the fight is formally announced, one thirty days from the fight, no later than February 13, and the final one immediately following the fight, in Manny's locker room. The major issue related to the testing rests with which independent agency will administer these tests. The United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) cannot do it because they will not amend its procedures to accommodate the blood testing schedule we have outlined. USADA, under its guidelines, would have the right to administer random blood tests as many times as they want up to weigh-in day and that is ludicrous," Arum explained.


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                DECEMBER 23, 2009
                • Team Mayweather stands firm on request for random blood testing leading up to the bout.

                  That same day, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe confirms that Team Mayweather is standing firm on their request for random Olympic-style blood and urine testing. "You got a superstition of getting pricked and with taking blood, but you got tattoos all over your body. Which one is it? You're afraid of needles, but you got tattoos all over your body," he commented, referring to Bob Arum's suggestion that Pacquiao "gets freaked out" when his blood is taken.


                  SOURCE 69
                DECEMBER 25, 2009
                • Pacquiao announces plans to sue the Mayweathers and Golden Boy Promotions.

                  "Enough is enough. These people, Mayweather Sr., Jr., and Golden Boy Promotions, think it is a joke and a right to accuse someone wrongly of using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs. I have tried to just brush it off as a mere pre-fight ploy but I think they have gone overboard. I have instructed my promoter, Bob Arum, head of Top Rank Inc., to help me out in the filing of the case as soon as possible because I have had people coming over to me now asking if I really take performance-enhancing drugs and I have cheated my way into becoming the No. 1 boxer in the world," said Pacquiao, who made the decision to file a lawsuit shortly after Team Mayweather refused to budge on their demand for random Olmpic-style blood and urine testing. Despite the timing of his decision, Pacquiao claimed he had been contemplating filing the lawsuit ever since Mayweather Sr. first made the accusations regarding his use of PEDs back in September, but he chose not to at the time to avoid being distracted as he prepared for his November bout with Miguel Cotto.


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                DECEMBER 25, 2009
                • Arum declares that the fight is officially off and Pacquiao would target Paulie Malignaggi instead; blames Schaefer again, not Mayweather.

                  "This fight is absolutely off. That's our position, period, is that we're moving on to Malignaggi. And if Mayweather loses this fight, and all of this money, then he has only one guy to blame, and that's Richard Schaefer. This is not Mayweather. This is Richard Schaefer," remarked Arum, still fuming over the press release sent out by Golden Boy Promotions 3 days prior, as he directed full blame back to Richard Schaefer. Despite the efforts of HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg to bring both sides together through mediation, Arum, who voluntarily removed himself from the negotiation process nearly two weeks prior, was no longer willing to continue working towards an agreement as long as Schaefer was still involved. "I called up Ross and I said, 'I'm not going to take part in any mediation or anything. I'm not going to deal with Richard Schaefer on instructions from my client. He's demeaned and libeled my client for no damn reason. And I'm just not going to take part in it. If they want to come back and have someone else represent them -- [Mayweather's adviser] Leonard Ellerbe -- or anybody else they want, then we can sit down and do this the right way with the Nevada Athletic Commission having complete jurisdiction over everything," Arum explained, reiterating that the only testing they would agree to was the testing already done by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. "Then, we would agree to pre-fight testing, urine analysis, blood-testing, whatever it took to get this fight done," said Arum. "But we'd only do it with the Nevada Athletic Commission. But for now, Manny has asked me to move on to Malignaggi."


                  SOURCE 72
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                DECEMBER 26, 2009
                • Team Mayweather willing to work towards a cut-off date, but Arum reveals offer to take any additional blood tests is off the table.

                  In response to Bob Arum declaring that the fight was off, Team Mayweather revealed that they were willing to work towards a cut-off date so long as random blood tests are still conducted leading up to that date. "What we're saying, and what is important to us, is four things: that the tests be random, that they include blood and urine and the time frame, meaning when do you stop the tests before the fight but know they will still be effective. Three of them we have agreed on: random, blood and urine. So now it is a matter of the two sides working out the specifics of the cutoff date to assure it will still be effective USADA is the most recognized one, but if it's another one, like the Nevada commission, we don't really care. I don't care who performs the tests as long as they are performed. That's our position. If this fight doesn't happen it's not because of Team Mayweather," Richard Schaefer commented, also explaining that they had no problem with the Nevada State Athletic Commission handling the testing, just so long as the random blood tests were indeed conducted. Arum, however, still angered by the request, revealed that Team Pacquiao's offer to take 3 blood tests was off the table and the only testing they would agree to was the standard testing performed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which has no protocols for random blood testing and typically only conducts one urine test right before and right after the fight. "If they go to the commission and they ask for blood tests and the commission says yes, we will do whatever the commission says. The commission says blood testing, we'll do blood testingLet the commission tell us how many days in front they want blood. Let the commission pick a date to stop taking blood. We trust the commission. Blood testing, we think, is unnecessary, but fine, we'll do it. But let the commission set the parameters," Arum explained.


                  SOURCE 74
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                DECEMBER 26, 2009
                • Arum stands firm on Team Pacquiao's demands and issues second deadline.

                  Despite reports from Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer that Top Rank president Todd DuBoef and Golden Boy executive Bruce Binkow were negotiating a final cut-off date for random blood testing, Arum insisted that Schaefer was "making it up" and reiterated that Pacquiao would now only be taking one blood test in JANUARY in order to renew his license, a requirement for all boxers by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, as well as one test after the fight. "Manny will do a blood test, as required, to get his new boxing license in JANUARY per the Nevada commission. Manny will also do another blood test after the fight. End of story," Arum stated before issuing another take-it-or-leave-it deadline.


                  SOURCE 76
                  SOURCE 77 (DOA)http://www.examiner.com/boxing-in-na...od-eight-years
                DECEMBER 27, 2009
                • Pacquiao releases statement explaining his position on blood testing.

                  "These are my specifications for this fight regarding blood testing. I have offered to give a blood sample the day of the announcement of the fight at the (press conference). I have offered to give a blood sample 30 days before the fight. I am willing to give blood immediately after the fight is over inside my dressing room. I am also willing to give urine tests at anytime, anywhere, every day leading up to the fight," Pacquiao explained in a prepared statement, outlining his original offer to take 3 non-random blood tests. "The truth is taking blood out of my body does not seem natural to me and mentally I feel it will weaken me if blood is taken from me just days before the fightIf Floyd Mayweather Jr. does not accept these terms [then] my promoter will find me another fight for March the 13," he added.


                  SOURCE 78 (DOA) http://espn.go.com/sports/boxing/blo...dan/id/4774298
                DECEMBER 28, 2009
                • Team Mayweather stands firm on their request for random blood testing.

                  Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe reiterates their position. "Random is random. The whole purpose of doing something random is for surprise. We're not backing off," he explained as Team Mayweather remained firm on their stance for random blood testing in the weeks leading up to a showdown with Pacquiao. Despite Arum's final offer of letting the blood-testing issue be handled by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Team Mayweather insisted that was not an option since they were ill-equipped to handle that type of protocol. "With all due respect to the Nevada commission, Keith Kizer has publicly gone on record and said they wouldn't be able to handle this particular issue at this particular time," said Ellerbe.


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                DECEMBER 28, 2009
                • Video surfaces of Pacquiao taking blood tests less than 30 days prior to a fight.

                  Video from an episode of HBO's "Pacquiao vs. Hatton 24/7" surfaced on the internet showing Manny Pacquiao giving blood in the weeks leading up to his May 2nd bout with Ricky Hatton. The original footage was aired a week prior to the fight, but it was unclear as to exactly when it was taped. Although Pacquiao maintained that he was only willing to do a blood test 30 days before and one day after the fight, the new development prompted both sides to continue negotiating despite Arum's take-it-or-leave-it deadline. "I will transmit it [information regarding the footage] to Manny once Ross Greenburg establishes the actual date of the test in '24/7' and [the Mayweather camp] makes a proposal based on what Ross has come up with. If that happens, I am sure I can convince Manny," said Arum. Schaefer would echo those sentiments, "I need to discuss it with Team Mayweather. We need to find out what it means if you cut off testing 14 days before the fight. I want to talk to Al Haymon and Leonard."


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                DECEMBER 28, 2009
                • Golden Boy press release blames Pacquiao and Arum for walking away from fight.

                  On the same day that the video was discovered, Golden Boy Promotions sent out a press release blaming both Manny Pacquiao and promoter Bob Arum for attempting to walk away from negotiations. The focus was primarily on Pacquiao's refusal to participate in random blood testing, making comments like, "The fact is that he did have blood taken just 14 days prior to his fight with Ricky Hatton, an event which was documented on HBO's 24/7 reality showLet it be very clear that nobody from Team Mayweather or Golden Boy Promotions is accusing Pacquiao of anything. But the reality seems to be that for whatever reason Pacquiao does not want to participate in random blood testing, which has already been deemed a harmless procedure that many current athletes are subjected to prior to and during competitionTeam Mayweather and Golden Boy Promotions is still open to the earlier discussions of having both parties work out a mutually agreeable understanding of the testing, which would be conducted by a mutually agreed upon agency."


                  SOURCE 86
                DECEMBER 28, 2009
                • Nevada State Athletic Commission orders both Mayweather and Pacquiao to take a random urine test.

                  Perhaps in a move to show their commitment to drug testing, the Nevada State Athletic Commission ordered both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. to take an immediate "out-of-competition" urine test. "It's a start," said Executive Director Keith Kizer. "I don't know if this will help the chances of the fight happening. But with all this talk of drug tests, let's actually do one." The commission called on Pacquiao and Mayweather to submit to urine tests within 48 hours or they would face possible fines or suspension. Pacquiao complied immediately, taking the test the next day in front of cameras and reporters.

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                DECEMBER 29, 2009
                • Top Rank press release sent out with statements from Pacquiao stating Team Mayweather and Golden Boy Promotions are lying.

                  In a move to counter Golden Boy Promotions, Top Rank quickly sent out their own press release with comments from an infuriated Manny Pacquiao. In it, Pacquiao accuses Team Mayweather and Golden Boy Promotions of lying and reiterated his willingness to abide by the normal drug testing policies of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which do not include provisions for random blood testing. "I can't believe these guys can lie without batting an eyelash and they would even make it appear that I am the culprit for the delay of the fight and saying that I don't want it to happenLiars go to hell. They should be man enough and own up to their wordsI want to put this on the record again, that I will abide by the NSAC requirements like in all of the fights in boxing history, including all of my fights," Pacquiao would comment in the press release.


                  SOURCE 90
                DECEMBER 29, 2009
                • Video footage is confirmed to have been taken 24 days prior to Pacquiao vs. Hatton.

                  Documents confirm that the video showing Manny Pacquiao giving blood in the weeks leading up to his May 2nd bout with Ricky Hatton was recorded on April 8th, 24 days prior to the fight and past the 30-day cut-off date that Pacquiao had insisted on.


                  SOURCE 91
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                DECEMBER 30, 2009
                • Pacquiao issues another official statement regarding his stance on having blood drawn.

                  Pacquiao issues another statement, this one independent of Top Rank, defending himself and explaining his stance on having his blood drawn while at the same time repeatedly professing his innocence and lack of knowledge regarding steroids and performance enhancing drugs. "My concern has never been with someone randomly checking me with regards to blood or urine. I volunteered immediately to have my urine tested anytime someone wanted to, all the way up to the time I am walking into the ringAs I have stated before I have never used anabolic steroids nor do I even know what they look likeMy concern as a fighter is that there should be some limitations and agreements on how much blood they can take from someone prior to a fight. My other concern is how close to the actual fight itself can they take the blood. It is my opinion taking blood from a person can weaken you. I do not want to be in a weakened state when I enter the ring against any fighter," he would repeat.


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                DECEMBER 30, 2009
                • Pacquiao officially files lawsuit against Team Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer.

                  Pacquiao officially filed a lawsuit in Nevada federal court against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr., Roger Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions LLC, and Golden Boy Promotions executives Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer for making false and defamatory statements accusing Pacquiao of taking performance-enhancing drugs. The lawsuit claimed the Mayweathers, De La Hoya, and Schaefer knew that Pacquiao had never taken performance-enhancing drugs, knew their statements were false, but made them anyway out of "ill-will, spite, malice, revenge, and envy."


                  SOURCE 95
                JANUARY 5, 2010
                • Both sides enter into mediation in an attempt to reach an agreement.

                  Despite the tempers of Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao flaring, both sides agree to enter into mediation in hopes of coming to an agreement on the blood testing issue. "We're going into mediation," Bob Arum revealed. Retired federal judge Daniel Weinstein, who successfully resolved a prior dispute between Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions, would again act as mediator.


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                JANUARY 7, 2010
                • Arum declares the fight is off after Mayweather rejects Team Pacquiao's offer of a 24-day cut-off date.

                  After hours of negotiating during mediation, Arum declared that the fight was officially off after Mayweather refused to agree to a 24-day cut-off date, which Team Pacquiao had agreed to after it was discovered that he had given blood 24 days prior to his May 2nd bout with Ricky Hatton. "The proposal that the mediator put forth and recommended the Mayweather camp was very simple: They would be allowed to do the blood-testing within up to 24 days of the fight, and the tests would be supervised, pursuant to the guidines of the Nevada State Athletic Commission's jurisdiction, and that they [Mayweather's camp] would give a statement of full apology in regard to comments made about Manny and their false allegations that he had been taking performance enhancing drugs. I was informed by Arum about 30 minutes ago that that was flatly refused by the Mayweather people, and that's a rejection of the recommendation of the arbitrator, so we're not going to stay around and wait, because we have nothing to negotiatiate," said Pacquiao's advisor Michael Koncz.


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                JANUARY 7, 2010
                • Mediator issues an order stating Team Pacquiao made false allegations regarding mediation.

                  Judge Daniel Weinstein issued an order to correct false statements made by Top Rank and Manny Pacquiao's representatives concerning details of events that took place during mediation. Essentially, the statement clarified that the mediator did not make a recommendation, as suggested by Pacquiao's advisor Michael Koncz, and that there were multiple proposals on the table presented by both parties, not just the 24-day cut-off date that Arum said was rejected.


                  SOURCE 102
                JANUARY 7, 2010
                • Mayweather reveals a 14-day cut-off date was offered to Team Pacquiao, but they refused.

                  Floyd Mayweather would release his own prepared statement revealing that a 14-day cut-off date was offered to Team Pacquiao even before both sides entered into mediation, but ultimately, it was rejected. "Before the mediation, my team proposed a 14-day, no blood testing window leading up to the fight. But it was rejected. I am still proposing the 14-day window, but he is still unwilling to agree to it, even though this is obviously a fair compromise on my part as I wanted the testing to be up until the fight and he wanted a 30-day cut-off. The truth is he just doesn't want to take the tests," Mayweather explained.


                  SOURCE 103
                JANUARY 7, 2010
                • Mayweather reveals a 14-day cut-off date was offered to Team Pacquiao, but they refused.

                  Floyd Mayweather would release his own prepared statement revealing that a 14-day cut-off date was offered to Team Pacquiao even before both sides entered into mediation, but ultimately, it was rejected. "Before the mediation, my team proposed a 14-day, no blood testing window leading up to the fight. But it was rejected. I am still proposing the 14-day window, but he is still unwilling to agree to it, even though this is obviously a fair compromise on my part as I wanted the testing to be up until the fight and he wanted a 30-day cut-off. The truth is he just doesn't want to take the tests," Mayweather explained.


                  SOURCE 104
                JANUARY 8, 2010
                • Richard Schaefer, Bob Arum and Michael Koncz confirm that a 14-day cut-off date was offered, but rejected by Team Pacquiao.

                  Despite the fact that Team Pacquiao walked away from negotiations and were set to sign a contract to face Joshua Clottey, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer still held out hope that a bout with Mayweather could be made, suggesting that Pacquiao himself was never made aware that Mayweather was willing to agree to a 14-day cut-off date. "There are reports [on the Internet] that Manny is not aware of this and we want to make certain that he knows what Floyd has agreed to do," Schaefer said. Evidently, on December 30, Golden Boy executive Bruce Binkow offered a 14-day cut-off via text message to Top Rank president Todd duBoef, who simply replied on the following day, "14 is no good." Pacquiao's advisor Michael Koncz confirmed that promoter Bob Arum contacted him with the offer, but Pacquiao himself turned it down. "Bob called and told us about the 14 days and I brought that to Manny and he said, 'I told you, we're not agreeing to that,' and that was pretty much it," Koncz said. Bob Arum would also confirm that notion, stating, "That offer was rejected a long time ago. It was off the table. They are just trying to get under Manny's skin."


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                JANUARY 18, 2010
                • Team Mayweather declares random blood and urine tests with no cutoff dates for all future opponents.

                  Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe declared that random blood and urine testing will be implemented in all of Floyd Mayweather's future opponents, regardless of the opponent. "Whoever fights Floyd Mayweather in the future, that person will be subjected to random blood and urine testing. I don't care who he fights, that will be the case," said Ellerbe, who made it clear that any proposition for a cutoff date for testing was essentially off the table.


                  SOURCE 107
                FEBRUARY 13, 2010
                • Mayweather makes it crystal clear that his terms are full random drug testing all the way up to the fight.

                  "I gave him a chance, up to 14 days out. But my new terms are all the way up to the fight. They can come get us whenever, all the way up to the fight, random drug test. That's what it is," Mayweather stated in an exclusive interview with David Mayo of The Grand Rapids Press.


                  http://www.mlive.com/mayweather/inde...l_wonders.html
                MARCH 13, 2010
                • Pacquiao defeats Joshua Clottey via unanimous decision.

                  After moving forward from the failed negotiations, Manny Pacquiao successfully defended his WBO welterweight title against challenger Joshua Clottey.

                  SOURCE 109
                MAY 1, 2010
                • Mayweather defeats Shane Mosley via unanimous decision.

                  After moving forward from the failed negotiations, Floyd Mayweather successfully defeated WBA welterweight champion Shane Mosley.

                  SOURCE 110
                MAY 2, 2010
                • Mayweather repeats that all cut-off dates are off the table.

                  Shortly after his win over Shane Mosley, Mayweather would reiterate his stance that all future opponents, including Manny Pacquiao, would have to submit to the same type of random Olympic-style blood and urine drug testing that both he and Mosley undertook. "If Manny Pacquaio wants to fight, it is not hard to find me. We were going to make the fight a couple of months back but it didn't happen. I take my hat off to Mosley. He had problems in the past, but he's a warrior. He took the blood and urine tests. I just want everyone to be on an even playing field. If every athlete is clean in the sport of boxing, take the test. If Manny Pacquaio takes the blood and urine tests, we can fight. If he doesn't, we won't make the fight," Mayweather explained.

                  SOURCE 111
                MAY 3, 2010
                • Pacquiao allegedly agrees to a 14-day cutoff for random blood testing.

                  "I am willing to help the sport for the future of the sport. I do not want to see anyone cheat or cheat this sport. For that reason I am willing to consider taking blood as close as 14 days prior to the fight, as long as, my opponent does the same, and it is not a lot of blood, just enough to test," Pacquiao was quoted as saying in a statement first released by reporter Timothy James on the website mpboxing.com. The site mpboxing.com, as well as mp8.ph, is owned and operated by Timothy James and Manny Pacquiao has declared it to be his official website.

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                MAY 4, 2010
                • Pacquiao "vehemently" denies agreeing to 14-day cutoff for random blood testing.

                  Shortly after news had spread regarding the statement released on his official website, Pacquiao vehemently denied claims that he had agreed to Mayweather's original compromise of a 14-day cutoff for random blood tests. Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz would allege that Pacquiao doesn't even know who Timothy James is, stating, "He never spoke to any reporter and never heard of the guy...never talked to anybody about boxing and his main concern is campaigning and winning the election on May 10. (Floyd) Mayweather is not even in our minds or in our thoughts." Koncz would then go on to quote Pacquiao as saying, "we'll fight Mayweather or any other fighter anytime, anyplace under the rules and regulations of the Commission of the state where the fight takes place."

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                MAY 4, 2010
                • Arum says quotes are false and Pacquiao is standing firm on 24-day cut-off.

                  Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum would tell Ronnie Nathanielsz of BoxingScene.com that the rumors about Pacquiao agreeing to a 14-day cut-off for random drug testing were "totally false" and that they were standing firm on their request for a 24-day cut-off period. "All I'm saying, right now we are holding to our position," Arum remarked.

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                MAY 7, 2010
                • Arum says both sides should remain silent if negotiations are to continue.

                  Speaking to Ronnie Nathanielsz of BoxingScene.com, Bob Arum suggest that both sides should remain silent and avoid speaking to the media about any terms if and/or when negotiations resume. "The more we go public, the more each side gets put into a corner and less likely the fight is to happen. That was a mistake that was made the last time, which was made by Mayweather and (Richard Schaefer) putting out a press release which blew up everything about the possibility that Manny was on performance enhancing drugs and that started everything. It went downhill and I don't want that to happen again," Arum explained.

                  SOURCE 118
                MAY 10, 2010
                • Roach suggests negotiations for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao will resume immediately.

                  Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach would tell The Associated Press that negotiations for a bout with Mayweather could begin as early as the next day [May 11], stating, "I think the fight will happen. It will probably be November, Maybe October. November's not a great pay-per-view month, but I think it will happen."

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                MAY 10, 2010
                • Ellerbe denies that negotiations will resume; wonders who Team Pacquiao plans on negotiating with.

                  "Ain't nobody thinking about Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum or Freddie Roach. Floyd isn't thinking about none of them, and there ain't no negotiations starting, period. Floyd is just coming off a great win. He's not thinking about any of them," Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe would comment when asked if negotiations would indeed resume as quickly as Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach had suggested. "Who are they negotiating with, themselves?"

                  SOURCE 123 (DOA) http://www.mlive.com/Mayweather/index.ssf/2010/05/
                MAY 11, 2010
                • Arum announces November 13 as date of Pacquiao's next fight.

                  One day after Manny Pacquiao won his election to the Philippine Congress, promoter Bob Arum announced November 13 as the date of his next fight. "I have reserved the date [November 13] and both the Dallas Cowboys Stadium and MGM Grand in Las Vegas are available. The cable systems and the satellite providers have put the date aside for us, so the table is set. Manny can get sworn in at the end of JUNE, then attend the sessions of congress in JULY and -- as long as he keeps in shape -- then he has plenty of time to train for the fight," Arum announced.

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                MAY 12, 2010
                • Koncz suggests that both sides should stick to a gag order assuming negotiations continue.

                  According to Manny Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz, both sides should refrain from speaking to the media about any terms and conditions in order to get a deal done. "That means everyone, including Freddie Roach and Bob Arum. Bob can be just as bad as Freddie on this. And I include myself as well. None of us, including the other team, should be discussing terms and conditions with the press, really. It doesn't help, it only hurts the situation. Let's work out a deal and keep the terms and conditions private business," Koncz would tell Michael Marley of Examiner.com. "That way, nobody's ego gets hurt and nobody is trying to gain the upper hand in the media or to make themselves look better than the other guys. We can't work this out in the press but we can do it privately, discretely and, I think, quickly."

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                MAY 13, 2010
                • Arum hints that there is a "plan" to resume negotiations, but reiterates importance of gag order.

                  "I don't want to get into that, only to say that there is a plan. I don't want to get into what's happening but there are things happening on the ground," Arum replied when asked if he was going to engage in negotiations with Team Mayweather and when that might take place. "I would rather not comment on that. Just to say I have my Marching orders and it will be sooner rather than later." Arum would also reiterate how important it was to avoid discussing details of negotiations with the media. "Once you start negotiating through the media, it becomes ego driven. People can't wait to give a statement to the press. The flames just shoot up and there is no real opportunity for rational behavior to take over. Everyone is so interested is setting forth his position to the media that it becomes the contest. That involves me as well as everybody else," Arum added. "I am not going to discuss through the media. I understand you need to ask the question, but I am not going to answer because that starts the negotiation in the media."

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                MAY 20, 2010
                • Unbeknownst to his advisor, Pacquiao agrees to 14-day cutoff for random blood tests...for real this time.

                  "As long as they're not getting a large amount of blood, I am willing to give out blood as close to two weeks before the fight," Pacquiao was quoted as saying by the Manila Bulletin. His adviser, Michael Koncz, could not confirm nor deny the comments, however, stating, "I've seen that, but I don't have a comment on that because I'm in Puerto Rico, and I would need to get back to Manila to talk to Manny to see if that in fact was a statement he made or not...I'm flying back to Manila tomorrow, so I don't want to make a comment one way or another until I sit, face-to-face, with Manny."

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                MAY 26, 2010
                • Rumors surface from members of Team Pacquiao that Mayweather is demanding more money.

                  Manny Pacquiao's lawyer, Franklin Jeng Gacal, as well as his business manager, Eric Peneda, reveal that they both received word that Floyd Mayweather is no longer willing to agree to a 50-50 split of the purse. "We just got word that it seems to be that way. But we will never agree to that," remarked Gacal, who said he had heard that Mayweather now wanted a bigger share due to the the success of his pay-per-view bout with Mosley, which resulted in 1.4 million buys compared to the 700,000 buys Pacquiao did his previous bout with Joshua Clottey. "It's the Cotto fight they should look at and not the Clottey fight. And it's pretty even, so we're sticking to the fifty-fifty percent split between Manny and Floyd if they ever fight," Gacal reiterated. Pineda would add, "Yes, we were told that Floyd now wants a bigger share. And if that's the case, we now feel that he really doesn't want to fight Manny because Floyd knows we will never agree on that."

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                MAY 28, 2010
                • Arum scolds Gacal and Pineda; says they know nothing about negotiations.

                  "I know Manny is just as angry as I am that these guys, who have nothing to do with any of these negotiations, keep shooting their mouths off and inflaming the situation. What are Eric Pineda and Jeng Gacal, who know nothing about what's happening, doing? Why are they shooting their mouths off," an angered Arum would tell Ronnie Nathanielsz of BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard when he first received word of the comments made by Gacal and Pineda regarding rumors that Mayweather was demanding a bigger purse. "They (statements) are more than irritating, because so much of this is ego and when you say that if he (Mayweather) says this Manny Pacquiao is not going to fight, that's not the way you negotiate."

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                MAY 30, 2010
                • Roach reveals he is completely out of the loop regarding negotiations.

                  "I don't know what's going on. I'm staying out of it. I just know Manny will be fighting someone in November. We hope the opponent is Mayweather. If not, we'll fight someone else and we'll be ready," Roach would tell Ruslan Chikov of Boxingscene.com when asked about the current status of negotiations.

                  SOURCE 135
                JUNE 2, 2010
                • Mayweather reveals that he'll be taking the rest of 2010, and possibly 2011, off.

                  On June 2nd, Mayweather was spending time with Armando Carral, an 18-year-old with Hodgkin's Disease whose wish to meet the undefeated fighter was granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. While conducting a video interview during the event, Mayweather nonchalantly broke the news that he was taking the rest of the year off. "At this particular time, Floyd Mayweather is taking probably a year off, a couple of years off, from the sport of boxing. I don't really know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather at this particular time, but, you know, I can probably take a couple of years off," he would explain to the reporter.

                  SOURCE 136
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                JUNE 4, 2010
                • Once again, Ellerbe denies any negotiations are taking place.

                  Nearly a month after the first time he commented on the subject, Leonard Ellerbe once again denied that negotiations were taking place. "Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather's adviser, denied Friday any talks between the two sides have taken place, and said Mayweather has no interest in discussing boxing, just five weeks after whipping Mosley," reported David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press.

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                JUNE 6, 2010
                • Arum chooses not to believe Floyd's comments about taking 2010 off; says a proper announcement should be made via press release.

                  Despite Floyd Mayweather's comments about taking the rest of the year off, Bob Arum says he chooses not to believe Floyd because the "proper way" to make such an announcement is via press release. "I'm used to Floyd saying a lot of things like that. Floyd says a lot of things and I choose to believe differently. Mayweather says a lot of things that he does not believe. It could have been just spur of the moment, him saying he was taking a year or two years off. I'm sure, if it is true, he will make that statement in the proper way which is to put out a press release," Arum would tell Michael Marley of Examiner.com. He would also repeat those comments to the ABS-CBN North America News Bureau, stating, "I'm saying, that's Floyd being Floyd. Until there's an official release saying that, I choose to believe differently."

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                  SOURCE 141
                JUNE 10, 2010
                • De La Hoya hints that contracts for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao are close to being finalized.

                  Hours before Game 4 of the 2010 NBA Finals, Oscar De La Hoya suggests that negotiations for a mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are close to being finalized. Speaking to Spanish sport show República Deportiva via satellite in front of the STAPLES Centers, De La Hoya briefly talked about the current status of negotiations and, with a grin on his face, hinted that the two sides were extremely close to making the biggest fight in boxing a reality. "These negotiations have been real difficult for various reasons, but we're really close to finalizing the contracts, even though they've been complicated," he commented. "Today, I can't really talk about the negotations, but we're really close."

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                JUNE 17, 2010
                • Schaefer refutes comments made by De La Hoya; says he was misquoted.

                  "I spoke to Oscar yesterday [Tuesday] and I wanted to know where that came from and he said that he was misquoted," stated Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who suggested that Oscar De La Hoya was misquoted when he was asked about the current status of negotiations for a mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. "I saw those quotes as well, and I had no idea what Oscar was talking about. And I called him up and asked him about them and he said that he was misquoted," Schaefer explained to Lem Satterfield of AOL FanHouse.

                  SOURCE 144
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                JUNE 18, 2010
                • Rumors surface again that Mayweather is demanding a bigger purse; Arum refuses to acknowledge that any conversations are taking place.

                  According to a report by Ronnie Nathanielsz of BoxingScene.com/InsideSports.ph, three different offers were allegedly sent to Team Mayweather, but talks were stalled when Mayweather supposedly demanded a bigger share of the purse. It's unclear, however, as to exactly when these three offers were sent as Bob Arum refused to answer any questions. "I still can't talk," Arum would explain. "I can't even say that conversations are going on."

                  SOURCE 146
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                JUNE 22, 2010
                • Mayweather Sr. says he's unaware of any negotiations taking place.

                  "As far as I know right now, there isn't any that I know of," Floyd Mayweather Sr. would reveal when asked by an Examiner.com podcaster about the current status of negotiations. "I haven't heard anything about nothing going on, man. If it is, it done got past me," he added.

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                JUNE 23, 2010JUNE 24, 2010
                • Rumors surface that Margarito has already been promised a bout with Pacquiao.

                  Sources reveal that despite rumors that Miguel Cotto may be in line for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao if a bout with Floyd Mayweather isn't made, Antonio Margarito was already been promised by his promoter, Bob Arum, that he's next in line for a shot at Pacquiao. Although this wasn't the first time that Margarito's name was mentioned as a potential opponent for Pacquiao, it is the first sign that Bob Arum already had a definitive opponent lined up for Pacquiao's November 13th date.

                  SOURCE 151
                JUNE 28, 2010
                • Arum reiterates that a resolution would be coming soon regarding mega-fight.

                  Speaking to Lem Satterfield of AOL FanHouse, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum reiteraed that a resolution regarding the mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather would be coming very soon. "I think that one way or another, we're approaching the time of resolution. One way or another," said Arum. "I can tell you that I don't think that this is going to be strung out for too much longer. I think that this is going to be resolved in the near term," said Arum. "I can't say whether it's going to be a week or two weeks, but it will be resolved one way or the other."

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                JUNE 29, 2010
                • Roach suggests that Pacquiao is ready to agree to Mayweather's request of random blood and urine tests.

                  In an interview with The Toronto Star, Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach suggested that he believed a fight with Floyd Mayweather was going to take place because Pacquiao was ready to "call his bluff" and agree to random blood and urine tests leading all the way up until the fight. "At this point I feel that Manny is going to agree to everything. That's our bluff. We're going to call his bluff. We'll see...I can't speak for Manny, I can't speak for (Bob) Arum, but I feel the fight will happen because Manny is going to call his bluff and say 'let's do it'," Roach commented. "Manny's now a congressman. He's going to agree with everything Mayweather wants," Roach said. "That's why I think the fight will happen."

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                JUNE 29, 2010
                • Koncz disagrees with Roach's comments.

                  Speaking to the Manila Bulletin, Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz clarifies, "the only guys involved in the talks are Manny, (promoter) Bob Arum, and myself," and contrary to Roach's belief, "they will not be held hostage by Mayweather."

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                JUNE 30, 2010
                • Arum lifts his own gag order; declares there are no longer any issues and the decision is up to Mayweather.

                  Deciding to lift his own gag order, Bob Arum speaks to a number of different media outlets and declares that there are no longer any "issues" standing in the way, suggesting that both sides have come to an agreement on all terms, and the decision now rests with Mayweather as to whether or not he wants to fight this year. "That's all been resolved," Arum stated to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports regarding the dispute over random blood and urine drug testing. "It may be that Floyd wants to fight in May [2011], in which case [Pacquiao will] fight [another opponent] in November and fight him in May. I am not going to talk about the specifics of the negotiations. You have my statement that there are no real issues that I can see, except whether he wants to fight now or later or not at all." Arum would also tell the Las Vegas Review Journal,"There's no longer any issues...The question is whether Mayweather is willing to fight this year." He would reiterate that comment to the Manila Bulletin, stating, "It's now up to Mayweather if he wants to fight."

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                JUNE 30, 2010
                • Schaefer has no comment on any of the latest news revealed by Arum.

                  Despite the fact that Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum has decided to speak to the media regarding the status of the mega-fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer still refuses to answer any questions regarding the fight. "I really can't say anything. I won't comment in any way, shape or form. You know this and anybody who has called me knows this: The only two words I'm going to say when I'm asked about this are 'No comment.' That's my comment. No comment," Schaefer would tell Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports when asked for a comment regarding the latest news from Bob Arum.

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                JUNE 30, 2010
                • Arum says Mayweather has until mid-July to make a decision.

                  Continuing to speak to a number of different media outlets, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum hints that although there is no official deadline, Mayweather has until some time in mid-July to make a decision. "There's no actual date of a deadline, but it's sometime in the middle of July. If we haven't gotten this thing locked up and done then we're going ahead and taking another opponent. We're not just going to sit there and blow our chances for a fight in November," Arum explained to Rick Reeno of BoxingScene.com. He repeated that comment to Chris Mannix of SI.com, stating, "This really depends, as I see it, on whether Mayweather wants to fight [Pacquiao]. By mid-July, he's either in or out. We're not going to wait forever. We're going to have a fight on Nov. 13 and we would love it to be Mayweather."

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                JUNE 30, 2010
                • Michael Koncz says Mayweather has two weeks to decide; refuses to discuss any details of terms.

                  "Whether it's July 13, or, July 15, it doesn't matter, but it's two weeks," stated Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz, who reiterated to Lem Satterfield of AOL FanHouse that there were no longer any issues with any of the terms, but refused to discuss any of the specific details. "I refuse to comment on the specifics and I'm not going to discuss any terms of the agreement that we want signed. And my recommendation to Manny and to Bob Arum is that once the agreement is signed, that the terms of the agreement remain confidential also," he added. Koncz also told Satterfield that himself, Bob Arum and Pacquiao were involved on their side of the negotiations. Satterfield would also reveal that he has knowledge that Floyd Mayweather, Leonard Ellerbe, Al Haymon, and HBO's Ross Greenburg were involved as well.

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                JULY 6, 2010
                • Arum hints that Pacquiao has only agreed to the 14-day cut-off.

                  "We don't care who's doing the test. They stopped taking blood 18 days before [Mayweather-Mosley], so that shows they can do it and be fine," promoter Bob Arum would tell Lance Pugmire of the L.A. Times, hinting that Pacquiao's agreement to a 14-day cut-off should be sufficient for Mayweather considering that USADA took no additional tests 18 days prior to his bout with Mosley. As far as the random blood and urine tests are concerned, it's still unclear as to whether or not Pacquiao agreed to any terms other than a 14-day cut-off, but Arum continues to talk as if he hasn't. "If there's information that emerges in the final 14 days, we can go to the [state boxing] commission and ask for more tests. We can work it out. No one's looking to pull any fast ones," Arum added.

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                JULY 7, 2010
                • Arum suggests that Floyd may not want to fight due to his uncle's legal issues.

                  "I'm just saying that I would think that a lot of the problem is Roger's status. I don't know for sure, and nobody's told me this, but I would believe that he's concerned about Roger's availability and what Roger's status would be," promoter Bob Arum would tell Lem Satterfield of AOL FanHouse, suggesting that Floyd Mayweather May be hesitant to agree to fight later this year due to the fact that his uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, was scheduled to go to court in August. "I know that Manny would have a problem fighting if [trainer] Freddie Roach were not available, so we're just waiting to see," Arum added. "That would be up to Floyd whether he wants to do the fight this year or next year."

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                JULY 9, 2010
                • Koncz has private meeting with Cotto to discuss a potential rematch with Pacquiao.

                  According to Ronnie Nathanielsz of BoxingScene.com/InsideSports.ph, Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz had a "very positive meeting" with Miguel Cotto to discuss a possible rematch with Manny Pacquiao. Evidently, Koncz said a "private meeting" with Cotto and his right-hand man Bryan Perez was "very positive" and the Puerto Rican star, who had recently moved up and captured a title at jr. middleweight, was open for to the idea of a rematch below the 154-pound weight limit.

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                JULY 13, 2010
                • Arum gives Mayweather a Friday midnight deadline; expects courtesy of a response, but prepared to move on to Margarito or Cotto.

                  "We're ready to go on with the Mayweather fight, but we have to make contingency plans just in case and I don't really want to talk about that too much. But Mayweather has until the end of the week. He could wait until the last minute. If it's Friday and it's 11 p.m., and he says we have a deal, we have a deal," Arum would explain to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. "We're waiting on Floyd. He might not want to fight again this year. If he wants to say, 'See you next year,' there's always next year. But I don't think we can't wait much longer for him to make up his mind because if we do the fight we want to make it as big as we can make it, and that takes time. I think Floyd will give us the courtesy of a response one way or the other. What that response will be, I really don't know."

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                JULY 13, 2010
                • Koncz says Pacquiao is prepared to move on to Margarito or Cotto if Mayweather doesn't respond by deadline.

                  "We don't know what Mayweather is going to do. Last week, I had dinner with Cotto in Puerto Rico to see where he stands and he's willing and able to do a rematch with Manny. Bob and I have spoken about both fights, Cotto and Margarito. Manny asked me to get proposals from Bob on both fights, so that's what I am doing," Koncz would also reveal to ESPN.com. "We haven't heard back from Floyd yet and if we don't in the next few days, we will enter into a deal with one of the other fighters. Bob and I have spoken about both Cotto and Margarito. We will have a done deal and a signed contract for a fight by the end of this month, whoever it's against -- Mayweather, Cotto or Margarito."

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                NOVEMBER 2, 2011
                • Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer reveal that Floyd Mayweather's next fight will take place on May 5, 2012 at the MGM Grand and they're hoping it's against Manny Pacquiao.

                  "Team Mayweather is looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is. It's very pleasing to know that Manny Pacquiao has agreed to be subjected to the USADA random blood and urine tests," Mayweater Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe would first tell FightHype.com. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer would echo those comments, telling ESPN's Dan Rafael, ""I'm very excited that the sport's biggest pay-per-view star is going to be back on May 5. We have informed the pay-per-view industry and I have the arena on hold. I'm excited to continue my relationship with Floyd and his team. It's always fun to work with Floyd."

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                NOVEMBER 3, 2011
                • Promoter Bob Arum and advisor Michael Koncz express anger and outrage that Mayweather selected the date and venue of his next fight.

                  "They've already said that it's May 5. They already said that it's at the MGM. How dare them? I'm really outraged that they made the announcement now right before Manny's fight, and we'll remember that," barked Arum. "And who are they to say what date that the fight would be held? What kind of of negotiation is that? So, if the MGM gave them May 5, then, Manny may fight somebody else in April in Texas or in the Thomas and Mack. This is not the way to make a deal." Michael Koncz would reiterate Arum's comments, adding that no negotiations have begun and suggesting the announcement was just an attempt to steal the attention from Pacquiao prior to his bout with Marquez. "They're just making an announcement to steal the thunder from Manny Pacquiao's show that's coming up, and there's going to be another opponent. There's been no discussion. So as Arum said, how can he choose a venue and also choose a date," Koncz argued. "As far as I'm aware, nobody from Mayweather's camp has contacted Manny directly or myself, or anybody else in position to discuss the fight."

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                NOVEMBER 3, 2011
                • Leonard Ellerbe makes it clear that any future business that needs to be discussed regarding the fight will be with Manny Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum.

                  "Manny Pacquiao has one promoter, and one promoter only, and everyone knows who that is, and his name is not Michael Koncz. Any business that has to be discussed surely wouldn't be with Michael Koncz," Ellerbe explained, dismissing the Koncz's notion that either he or Pacquiao would be contacted directly.

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                NOVEMBER 4, 2011
                • Bob Arum laughes at Leonard Ellerbe's announcement regarding Mayweather's return and makes it clear that if they're serious about negotiating, either he or Top Rank President Todd duBoef will be contacted.

                  "The way they are going about it seems like a bizarre way to go about it. If you want to put it together, you meet, you talk...I don't take what they said seriously. I think it's Floyd's way of trying to grab a little bit of the spotlight away from Manny. I'm not going to get upset. I take it with a grain of salt," Arum would explain to ESPN's Dan Rafael. "When they want to do some serious negotiating somebody will call me or Todd [duBoef] and we will sit down and talk," he added. "For me it's sort of funny, amusing. It's noise and it probably helps my Pacquiao-Marquez event. I'm happy with it. It's out there. But it's a joke...When do the games stop and serious negotiations begin? This latest stunt is a game. It really is hilarious if they think this is how you negotiate...Why would they do this -- lay out a venue, a date already? What was that about? Let's wait until Nov. 14 and see where it goes, but this kind of stuff is counterproductive."

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                NOVEMBER 6, 2011
                • Bob Arum claims Floyd Mayweather is fighting Erik Morales on May 5 and says Manny's next opponent is not "a Spanish guy".

                  "You know who the little fellow that they already approached? It's Erik Morales, and Erik will confirm it absolutely. Erik has been approached to make the fight. He'll take it for the money. I'm sure he'll take it for the money. Why wouldn't he," Arum quipped. "I don't know who's gonna buy it (Mayweather vs Morales). But that's the whole nonsense is all about...They bull****ted the MGM to get the date, to get May 5. So they cut us out of getting May 5. But we don't need May 5 because we're not fighting a Spanish guy next. But they want May 5 because they're fighting Morales."

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                NOVEMBER 13, 2011
                • Immediately following Manny Pacquiao's narrow victory over Juan Manuel Marquez, Bob Arum suggests a fourth fight between the two should take place in May.

                  "I do fights in Mexico. There are a lot of angry Mexicans out there. I want a fourth fight. I want to be safe when I go to Mexico," Arum would comments at the post-fight press conference. "My advice to all of the parties involved is for an immediate rematch. It was a great fight." Arum also suggested the fight should take place in May, telling Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, ""It was a great, great fight. I had Manny, but it was close, so why not bring them together again in May? It makes a lot of sense to do that."

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                NOVEMBER 13, 2011
                • Floyd Mayweather confirms his return on May 5th.

                  "May 5th is still the date that we believe we're going to fight on," Mayweather tell FightHype.com. "You know, I just want to stay active and stay busy because the fans said they want me to stay active and stay busy...When you heard that from Leonard Ellerbe, it's not wrong by saying that May 5th is the date that we chose."

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                NOVEMBER 13, 2011
                • Trainer Freddie Roach suggests a fourth fight with Marquez should take place before the Mayweather fight.

                  "He has given us problems three times. I think he deserves a rematch first," Roach explained. "It's a fight I don't want to do again, but I think we have to...This is a much more exciting fight than Mayweather."

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                NOVEMBER 14, 2011
                • Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer reveals that they contacted Bob Arum to begin negotiations, but Arum turned them down because he plans on pursuing a fourth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez.

                  "We have been informed that Bob Arum is not interested in pursuing a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao at this time...The truth of the matter is that we received this afternoon an email from retired federal judge Daniel Weinstein, who has informed us that Top Rank is pursuing a rematch with Marquez and, therefore, is not interested in immediate talks for a possible Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. This is obviously as clear as it can be that they have no intentions of making a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight," Schaefer explained. "Judge Weinstein is respected by both parties and mediated issues between Top Rank and Golden Boy before, so the plan was to see if he could help facilitate such a fight. Floyd's team really wanted to get this fight done. If you just sit down with Arum, he can at any time have one of his fits, one of his '**** you' attacks, and the likelihood that he would have a '**** you' attack in front of a retired judge seemed less likely than if Arum and me would be alone in a room."

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                NOVEMBER 14, 2011
                • Bob Arum says Manny Pacquiao is interested in a fourth fight with Marquez and a fight with Mayweather can always take place later in 2012.

                  "That fight [Mayweather] can still be there for us in November [2012]," Bob Arum would tell Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times, suggesting Pacquiao agreed that the third fight with Marquez "did not have the finish he wanted."

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                NOVEMBER 14, 2011
                • Bob Arum clarifies that although he is pursuing a fourth fight with Marquez, he hasn't made a definite decision.

                  "We are pursuing a fourth fight with Marquez. As far as doing anything definitively, we aren't ready to do anything definitively. When we are ready to make a determination of what we are going to do, we will do it. We are not going to do this in the press. We will do what is in the best interest of ourselves and our client and make a decision when it's time to. If we decide we want to do a rematch with Marquez, there is no reason to sit down with Mayweather. If we want to explore a Mayweather fight, we will sit down with them. But I'm not going to sit down with them just because it's a good show," Arum explained. "Everybody is jumping to conclusions. Schaefer put out some statement that we said that we weren't going to pursue a meeting with Mayweather because we've decided on a fourth fight, but we haven't said anything like that. What I've said is that we're going to make a decision when the time comes to make a decision."

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                NOVEMBER 15, 2011
                • Michael Koncz reveals that no decision about Manny Pacquiao's next opponent will be made until after the Christmas holidays.

                  "As to whom our next opponent is or whether Marquez IV, we are going to take a few days and relax. Let Manny enjoy his family and then we will sit down and talk. There is no rush. We usually don't make a decision as to our next fight, when we fight in November, until after the Christmas holiday," Koncz would tell Keith Terceira of MP8.ph, Manny Pacquiao's official website, just last week. He would echo those exact same comments to Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com. "There's no need to rush into anything. We're not going to rush judgement about who we're going to fight or when we're going to fight. After the holiday season, we'll get with Bob Arum and discuss options. The facts of the matter are that Manny Pacquiao just went through a very difficult fight. As always, we'll take a couple of weeks just to relax. Manny will enjoy his family," Koncz explained. "We haven't even discussed anything with our promoter, Bob Arum, nor will we intend to discuss with our promoter, Bob Arum, anything about any fights probably until after the Christmas holiday. If anybody is inclined to come to us with a reasonable offer to fight, they can reach out to myself or to Bob Arum, but Manny is going to take some time off that he rightfully deservers. It's that simple. Period."

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                NOVEMBER 16, 2011
                • Freddie Roach changes his mind and declares that a fight with Mayweather is his number one choice.

                  "For me, Mayweather is the number one choice to fight next. I'm trying to get hold of Manny, to get his feelings on it. If the choice is $30 million to fight Marquez or Mayweather for $100 million in the biggest fight of all time, I'm sure he'd go for Mayweather. But I haven't had the chance to talk to him," Roach commented.

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                NOVEMBER 17, 2011
                • Strength & Conditioning Coach Alex Ariza reveals that Manny Pacquiao told both he and Freddie Roach that he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather next.

                  "I mean, he's told that to me himself that he wants the Mayweather fight. He told that to Freddie; he wants the Mayweather fight. I know Manny would like to fight Mayweather," Ariza would tell FightHype.

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                NOVEMBER 20, 2011
                • Koncz reiterates that no disucssions with Manny Pacquiao about his next opponent will take place until after the holidays.

                  "Honestly, there's been no discussions with Manny about boxing and we don't plan to discuss the opponent [in 2012] until after the holidays," said Koncz.

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                NOVEMBER 22, 2011
                • Sources reveal that Michael Koncz is traveling to Las Vegas to have a convesation with Bob Arum regarding the fight with Floyd Mayweather.

                  "He's meeting with Bob [Arum] to make the Mayweather fight," one source revealed to us. "They've got the investors. The money is there. It's what Manny wants. It's just a matter of whether or not Bob is willing to make it happen," yet another source added.

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                NOVEMBER 24, 2011
                • Manny Pacquiao holds a press conference to declare that negotiations are taking place with Floyd Mayweather.

                  Shortly after returning home to General Santos City, Philippines, Pacquiao held a press confress to inform those in attendance that negotiations for a fight with Mayweather are currently taking place. "Negotiations are ongoing for my fight with Mayweather, but nothing is final," he would comment. "Mayweather may be thinking, I can fight Pacquiao now because he had trouble against Marquez, and I was able to beat up Marquez."

                  SOURCE 198
                  SOURCE 199
                NOVEMBER 24, 2011
                • Alex Ariza blames Bob Arum for interfering and standing in the way of a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

                  "It's not about what's best for the fighter. It's clear as to why the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight has never happened. It's always about what's best for Bob and his agenda...Let me ask you something, why is it that Bob can do a co-promotion with everybody else out there? He can do a co-promotion with anyone, DiBella, this guy, that guy, but he won't do a co-promotion when it comes to Manny Pacquiao fighting somebody. Whoever Manny fights, he has to fight in-house. Why is that do you think? I wonder why," a heated Ariza would comment. "I know that Michael Koncz says that he's having a meeting with Bob to negotiate the Mayweather fight. They're having a meeting on how to make sure that this fight doesn't happen. That's what their meeting is about...We still are sticking firm. I think that's the fight that everybody wants to see. Here's the thing, Dana White is 100% absolutely correct. Bob Arum is a greedy pig. Now I see...Arum hates Floyd Mayweather, can't stand him, doesn't want to see him make a dollar, can't stand Golden Boy, doesn't want to do business with them, but instead of doing what's best for the sport, what's best for the fans, and what's best for the fighters because they'll get the payday of a lifetime, no, it's all about him...Unless you can tell me and convince me otherwise, because I'm thoroughly convinced and believe that Floyd really does want to have this fight. I think he really wants to have this fight. As far as he knows, he's right. He's right. Bob is the one interfering."

                  SOURCE 200
                NOVEMBER 25, 2011
                • Richard Schaefer reiterates that no negotiations are taking place and the only person who can negotiate on Manny Pacquiao's behalf is Bob Arum.

                  "The only person who can negotiate is [Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob] Arum. Certain members of Team Pacquiao are trying to go around Bob Arum and have reached out to our side. We will not engage in this and support it. From what we are concerned, Manny Pacquiao has a boss, and his name is Bob Arum," Schaefer explained. "Bob made it clear through [retired judge and mediator] Dan Weinstein that he wants to get a Marquez versus Pacquiao fight done and has no interest at this point to sit down and get a Mayweather fight done. As I said before, Floyd is the no. 1 pay per view draw, the no. 1 box office draw and the no. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. As such, we have zero interest in waiting to see if Bob can get a Marquez fight done, and if not, we are second choice."

                  SOURCE 201 (DOA) http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/170337-pacquiao-confirms
                NOVEMBER 25, 2011
                • Bob Arum says although "things" are happening, there's nothing "solid" taking place as far a negotiations are concerned.

                  "Pacquiao's not necessarily wrong, but it's not right either," said Arum. "Things are happening, but so far, nothing solid."

                  SOURCE 202 (DOA) http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/170337-pacquiao-confirms
                NOVEMBER 27, 2011
                • Floyd Mayweather once again confirms that he's fighting on May 5th and hopes it's against Manny Pacquiao, but he's still waiting for negotiations to begin.

                  "I been told the boy May 5th is open. I told him May 5th is open...Now you know me, to all the FightHype fans and all the fans, May 5th is the date. Sign the contract! Sign the contract! I'm waiting. Now I can't be sitting waiting all day, now. You want a fight, let's make it happen. May 5th! Now this is FightHype coming to you live. This is exclusive. May 5th, let's make the fight. I'm here. I'm waiting. What's going on? You said you a clean athelete and you said you would take the tests and all that. Well let's do it," stated Floyd Mayweather in an exclusive FightHype video interview that took place early in the morning on November 27, making it crystal clear that May 5th is the date of his next fight, and if Manny Pacquiao is ready, he's still waiting for him and his team to begin negotiations and finalize a contract.

                  SOURCE 203
                NOVEMBER 27, 2011NOVEMBER 27, 2011
                • Leonard Ellerbe explains no business was discussed during Michael Koncz's visit to Mayweather gym and reiterates that Bob Arum is the only person authorized to negotiate a fight for Manny Pacquiao.

                  "He was in a group of people that came by the gym and was greeted by Floyd, who is friendly with everybody that comes by the gym. Floyd doesn't know Michael Koncz from a high school basketball player from Biloxi, Mississippi," Ellerbe explained. "I don't know why he came by the gym other than the fact that a lot of people like to come by the gym and meet Floyd...To the best of my knowledge Bob Arum is Manny Pacquiao's promoter and Bob Arum is the only authorized to negotiation on behalf of Pacquiao. Floyd is his own boss. Bob Arum is Manny's boss in terms of business."

                  SOURCE 207 (DOA) http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/170375-arum-eyes-mayweather-pacquiao
                  SOURCE 208 (DOA) http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/a-floyd-mayweather
                  SOURCE 209
                NOVEMBER 27, 2011
                • Bob Arum reveals that he's fielding proposals from mutliple investment groups looking to stage the mega-fight; suggests Floyd Mayweather is going to negotiate the fight solo without the help of Golden Boy Promotions.

                  "Yes. There's more than two groups. We've been fielding proposals and we're talking to people. I'm sure that Floyd's doing the same," Arum would tell Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com. "Mayweather is going solo," he added. "We've been talking to various investor groups. It's a lot of money and we want to make the best deal possible. People are talking about putting huge amounts of money to get involved in the fight and that's what we're exploring now."

                  SOURCE 210 (DOA) http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/170375-arum-eyes-mayweather
                  SOURCE 211 (DOA) http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/342788...er-fight-talks
                  SOURCE 212
                  SOURCE 213 (DOA/RD) http://mb.com.ph/node/342997/negotiation
                NOVEMBER 28, 2011
                • Richard Schaefer says Bob Arum is a lying snake; reiterates that no negotiations are taking place and offers evidence to prove that Bob Arum informed them that he is not interested in negotiating a fight with Mayweather.

                  "The boxing fans are really sick and tired about the lies of Bob Arum. The fact is that yesterday he was lying, today he's lying, and tomorrow, he will still be lying. Once a liar, always a liar. Now, he comes again with these bull**** stories about negotiatiations and meetings taking place. Who the heck is he fooling...Who is he trying to fool? The public, the fight fans, the fighters, the networks? Everybody is sick and tired of that lying snake. Everybody is sick and tired. Arum does not want to make the Pacquiao fight, so stop believing everything this guy says," Schaefer explained. "We were informed by a retired federal judge that Arum is not interested at this time in pursuing a fight with Mayweather. Arum went on the record to say that neither he nor anyone else from Top Rank had ever talked to the judge, so is he saying that the retired federal judge is lying? I have an e-mail that will confirm it, and, with Bob's approval, I will be happy to make it available to the media."

                  SOURCE 214 (DOA) http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/170387-schaefer-arum-sparring
                NOVEMBER 28, 2011
                • Richard Schaefer accuses Bob Arum of secretly negotiating a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.

                  "Let's be clear as to what is going on here. He wants to use Floyd as leverage to get a better deal for Marquez. You read the stories that Marquez wants $20 million, and for the fight not to take place in Las Vegas. Well, by creating stories that negotiations with Floyd are ongoing, he wants to see how fast Marquez will come to the table and be much more reasonable. That's what is going on here," said Schaefer.

                  SOURCE 215 (DOA) http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/170387-schaefer-arum-sparring
                NOVEMBER 29, 2011
                • Bob Arum reiterates that he's talking to multiple investors, but declines naming them; says Richard Schaefer is in the dark because they're not involved and hint that a different date will be needed due to a cut that Manny Pacquiao is healing from.

                  "That's why we have (Pacquiao agent Michael) Koncz carrying the ball on this right now. That is why he went to the Mayweather gym and met and spoke to Floyd. Michael was invited there by one of the three groups," Arum commented. "Everything is subject to negotiation and I will take the offers to Manny and, if Manny agrees then we can go to Floyd...One group from New York approached me initially and I think the other two made their approach to Koncz." He continued, "It's understandable because Richard is on the outside looking in," Arum said. "Who knows and who cares what Richard says? They have no contract with Floyd, that's fact. Just like Manny, aside from our contract with him, can choose who he wants representing him so can Floyd do the same thing. We don't tell Floyd or Manny who they can have working for them." Arum would also add, "Manny needs time for that eye cut (from the Nov. 12 Marquez III bout) to heal properly."

                  SOURCE 216
                NOVEMBER 30, 2011
                • Manny Pacquiao claims negotiations with Floyd Mayweather are almost done.

                  "We are ready. If it pushes through, once he signs the contract then I'll sign the contract," Pacquiao would tell ABS-CBN news. "Only the little things are being worked out and negotiations are almost done."

                  SOURCE 217
                  SOURCE 218
                NOVEMBER 30, 2011
                • Oscar De La Hoya takes to Twitter and accuses Bob Arum of lying about negotiations.

                  "Bob Arum, please please stop lying to the public. Sit down with my CEO Richard (Schaefer) and make the big fight happen. Before Manny asks questions," De La Hoya posted on his official Twitter page. "Hahaha Bob Arum is saying there are a bunch of investors he's talking to try and make PAC vs mayweather. I can't stop laughing."

                  SOURCE 219 (DOA) http://www.doghouseboxing.com/Benz/Benz113011.htm
                  SOURCE 220
                  SOURCE 221
                DECEMBER 1, 2011
                • FightHype.com is contacted by Carl Harris, Owner and CEO of Big InterSports Group, one of the investors that Bob Arum is meeting with; reveals Top Rank was initially contacted with $150 million offer in April.

                  FightHype's own Ben Thompson receives a text message from Carl Harris, Owner and CEO of Big InterSports Group, an investment group based in California who approached him earlier in the year expressing their interest in the mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. The text message read, "Dude you ****ed up by dissing me. Watch the news. Just to let you know I am in new york in bob arums suite. You do the math." Shortly after receiving the text message, FightHype released details about the background of Carl Harris and the offer that his investment group presented to Top Rank Promotions nearly 8 months prior to getting his meeting with Arum. "I put the offer together and I have a group of investors from Los Angeles as far as China backing me on my position on this fight. That's why I'm able to put together $150 million for this fight and convince them to allow me to pay $25 milllion up front and show our seriousness on the fight. A lot of people are saying, "Who are these people?" Okay, that's irrelevant. What's relevant is here's $25 million Pacquiao, here's $25 million Mayweather, and that's just to put your name on the contract. That's why the there's the $25 million up front, so we can be taken seriously and let people know we're dead serious," Harris first explained in an interview conducted in June. "I sent them the offer a week before the fight, his last fight [vs. Shane Mosley], so it was around the end of April. May 1st, somewhere around there."

                  SOURCE 222
                DECEMBER 2, 2011
                • Bob Arum decides to reveal the name and details of another investement group, Falcon Hawk Entertainment, the same group that visited Floyd Mayweather at his gym accompanied by Michael Koncz.

                  Speaking to Michael Marley of Examiner.com, Bob Arum revealed that he had conversations with investors from Falcoln Hawk Entertainment, a group that includes music promoter Donny Rucker and 83-year-old Joseph Jackson [of Jackson 5 fame], who both accompanied Michael Koncz on his visit to Floyd Mayweather's gym. Rucker, who also spoke to Marley, described details of their visit with Mayweather. "Floyd was very friendly to Koncz, he showed him some Southern hospitality in that meeting. They spoke while Floyd was wearing his trunks and gloves but he was extremely friendly to Koncz and a guy named Cesar, a Filipino guy who came to the gym with Koncz," Rucker explained. "Was Joe Jackson at the meeting? Yes, he was, he absolutely was there. I think Koncz was very amazed at how nice Floyd was to him that day...I've got a call in to Al Haymon now and I am waiting to hear back from him. We're ready with money for both fighters. We're giving money to Floyd first and then to Manny." According to Marley, Rucker also revealed that they were targeting a later date, Memorial Day weekend, and multiple locations, including Las Vegas, Miami, and Dallas, for the bout.

                  SOURCE 223
                DECEMBER 2, 2011
                • Falcon Hawk Entertainment sends out a press release claiming a breakthrough on "Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight".

                  Shortly after their identity went public, Falcon Hawk Entertainment sends a press release out to, initially, just two people, Michael Marley and FightHype's own Ben Thompson, providing more details of their visit with Mayweather and claiming "the gym meeting was a confirmation by both camps to move forward with negotiations after Falcon Hawk Entertainment assured through its investors to work along side with Bob Arum's Top Rank and Mayweather Promotions to bring the successful Welterweight Fight of the Century." The press release, which appeared to be rushed as it was full of grammatical errors, also claimed that Shantel Jackson, the finacee of Mayweather, was the niece of Joseph Jackson.

                  SOURCE 224*
                  SOURCE 225 (DOA) http://www.fighthype.com/media/docs/FalconHawkPR.doc
                  SOURCE 226 (DOA) http://www.examiner.com/boxing-in-national/falcon-hawk
                  SOURCE 227 (DOA) http://www.examiner.com/boxing-in-national/papa-joe-jackson
                DECEMBER 3, 2011
                • Floyd Mayweather says lies are being told; denies negotiations are taking place.

                  In a phone conversation, Mayweather states that "absolutely no negotiations are taking place" and makes it clear that any negotiation that does take place will involve his adviser, Al Haymon, as well as Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe. Mayweather also said that whatever is being put out to the media regarding himself is a lie and that he's convinced that Bob Arum does not want to make the fight because there's no need to talk to investors for a fight that does not need any. Mayweather would further discuss details of Koncz's visit to the gym, explaining that his uncles, Jeff and Roger Mayweather, were simply being used by individuals who were looking to get close to him in hopes of pushing their own agenda. Just as Ellerbe explained, Mayweather said he was simply shaking out at the gym when his Uncle Jeff asked him if some guy could in. Not wanting to be rude, Mayweather obliged, thinking that it was simply a fan wanting to take a picture. At which point, Koncz walked in, introduced himself, and immediately began talking about making a fight. Having absolutely no idea who he was, it was the fist time that Mayweather had ever heard the name Michael Koncz, so he politely let him finish his pitch before informing him that there was absolutely nothing to talk about until his defamation lawsuit is cleared up. Mayweather would also dispute the claim that his fiancee, Shantel Jackson, was the niece of Joe Jackson, stating, "Miss Jackson is no kin to Joe Jackson, does not know Joe Jackson, and does not get involved in my boxing business."

                  SOURCE 228*
                DECEMBER 3, 2011
                • Source reveals that Donny Rucker and Falcon Hawk Entertainment had already pitched an offer and were turned down twice before.

                  Shortly after getting off the phone with Mayweather, FightHype.com was told by a source that this is not the first time that Donny Rucker had tried to pitch an offer for the fight. On two previous occassions, he had already been turned down.

                  SOURCE 229*
                DECEMBER 4, 2011
                • Bob Arum again suggests that the May 5 date may be too soon for Pacquiao.

                  According to Bob Arum, the cut that Manny Pacquiao sustained in his November 12 bout against Juan Manuel Marquez may not be healed in time for him to face Floyd Mayweather on the proposed May 5 date. "Nobody has a date for anything. That's nonsense. The question is if a Floyd Mayweather-Pacquiao fight can be arranged. That's fine. It doesn't necessarily have to be on May 5. I mean, if Floyd wants to fight Pacquiao, maybe another date is preferrable, given the fact that Pacquiao had a serious cut in the last fight, so there's no magic in May 5 as far as we're concerned," Arum would tell reporters at the post-fight press conference following the rematch between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito.

                  SOURCE 230
                  SOURCE 231
                DECEMBER 5, 2011
                • Falcon Hawk Entertainment releases pictures from visit to Mayweather's gym as "proof" that some kind of meeting did in fact take place.

                  Michael Marley releases two pictures, obtained from Falcon Hawk Entertainment, taken during their visit to Floyd Mayweather's gym. One picture shows Floyd Mayweather in handwraps apparently untieing his shoes, flanked by Michael Koncz on one side of him and Joe Jackson on the other side. The other picture shows Joe Jackson posing with Floyd Mayweather. According to Marley, the meeting "ended the Cold War between the two camps. They broke through a key boxing barrier."

                  SOURCE 232 (DOA) http://www.examiner.com/boxing-in-national/exclusive-photos-floyd-mayweather
                DECEMBER 10, 2011
                • Bob Arum suggests Floyd Mayweather's legal issues may prevent him from fighting.

                  Despite the fact that Floyd Mayweather already has the MGM Grand Garden Arena on hold for his next fight, set to take place on May 5, 2012, Bob Arum suggests that Mayweather's legal issues might prevent him from being able to face Manny Pacquiao on that date. "Mayweather really can't commit anything now, because next week, he's before the courts. So if the trial is going to happen, he can't do the fight," Arum would tell Ronnie Nathanielsz of the Manila Standard Today.

                  SOURCE 233 (DOA) http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideSports.htm?f=2011/december/10/sports
                  SOURCE 234
                DECEMBER 15, 2011
                • Richard Schaefer reiterates that no negotiations are taking place; says Bob Arum is lying to fool Manny Pacquiao.

                  "He can say whatever he wants. I'm astonished that some media members still give credibility to what comes out of his mouth. What Arum is saying, it's pretty sad. He's such a liar," Schaefer would tell Robert Morales of the Los Angeles Daily news. "He is making up all these stories. He is fooling some of these media members over and over again. I couldn't care less what he says. He's lying and that's all I have to say about it. There are no negotiations; they don't want to do it. He is probably doing it to fool Pacquiao, to make him think there is something going on. There is nothing going on."

                  SOURCE 235
                DECEMBER 16, 2011
                • Manny Pacquiao says he heard that Floyd Mayweater is asking for $100 million.

                  Speaking to Jay Dayupay of ABS-CBN News, Manny Pacquiao reveals that he heard Floyd Mayweather was asking for $100 million. "I heard he's asking $100 million. That's what he's asking for which is why the fight is not yet done," Pacquiao commented.

                  SOURCE 236
                DECEMBER 17, 2011
                • Manny Pacquiao reveals he's willing to take a smaller purse than Floyd Mayweather.

                  Manny Pacquiao announces that he's willing to take a smaller purse than Floyd Mayweather in order to make the mega-fight a reality. "Walang problema kahit na mas maliit ang premyo ko. Ang importante ay matuloy lang ang laban," Pacquiao would relay to Manila Bulletin journalist Nick Giongco from his home in General Santos City, which loosely translated means, "I have no problem taking smaller prize. The important thing is making the fight."

                  SOURCE 237 (DOA) http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/345203...-smaller-purse
                  SOURCE 238


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                • #18
                  Originally posted by War Room View Post
                  MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO NEGOTIATIONS TIMELINE COMPLETE

                  I see some people still really think that Floyd waited until Pacquiao was vulnerable before signing on the dotted line. This timeline clearly shows the entire debacle in one single comprehensive timeline. I'm posting this for future use when someone brings it up I can just pass this link on with all the content visible on one page.

                  I've hyperlinked the original sources alphanumerically for easier referrence in future discussions. Original page sources and info key at bottom of page.

                  MARCH 19, 2009
                  • Rumors surface that Mayweather is planning a ring return, the ultimate goal being a mega-fight with Pacquiao.

                    Less than a year after officially announcing his retirement, rumors quickly begin to surface that Floyd Mayweather is planning his return to the ring. Speaking to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, two unidentified sources revealed that Mayweather was willing to face anyone, but his ultimate target was a showdown with Manny Pacquiao. "He is coming back. I've been around him. He's ready to dance again very soon," said one source, who recently spent time with Mayweather and has known him for years. "He's itching to go. The way he sounded, he is willing to take on whoever they throw in his face. He would do the [Manny] Pacquiao-[Ricky] Hatton winner, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez. The only one he doesn't have an interest in is [a rematch with] Oscar De La Hoya. But in Floyd's mind, he knows there is one Godzilla, and that's a fight with Pacquiao," one source was quoted as saying.


                    SOURCE 1
                    SOURCE 2
                  APRIL 3, 2009
                  • Pacquiao reveals that he heard from Mayweather's camp that he was indeed returning.

                    Speaking to Michael David Smith of AOL Fanhouse, Manny Pacquiao reveals that he head from Mayweather's camp that Floyd Mayweather would indeed be returning to the ring. "I think he's going to fight again. He's not really retired...I heard from Floyd Jr.'s camp that he's coming back to the ring," Pacquiao explained. "For me -- if I'm Floyd -- I would fight a tune-up fight and then fight me," Pacquiao continued. "That's for me, but I don't know what his plan is. He might want to fight me right away."


                    SOURCE 3
                    SOURCE 4 (DOA) http://www.aolnews.com/2009/03/30/manny-pacquiao-floyd...
                  APRIL 16, 2009
                  • Bob Arum says he's unsure about the idea of matching Manny Pacquiao with Floyd Mayweather at 147 pounds.

                    As rumors of Floyd Mayweather's return to boxing continue to grow, fans and media alike become infatuated with the idea of a mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao. Promoter Bob Arum, however, tells several members of the media that he's unsure about the possibility of matching Manny Pacquiao with Floyd Mayweather in a welterweight bout. "The question with a Mayweather fight is at what weight? That's the big question. At 140, I don't think there's any problem making that fight. If Floyd wants to come in at a higher weight, I don't know. A catch-weight is a possibility also. But none of that has been discussed and I won't let anyone discuss it until after this fight," Arum explained. "But he could go **** himself. Tell him that! **** Mayweather. Pacquiao's the big attraction. He has to come to us if he wants it. If he doesn't come to us, there's dozens of other guys we can fight."


                    SOURCE 5
                    SOURCE 6
                  APRIL 17, 2009
                  • More sources reveal that Floyd Mayweather is indeed coming out of retirement to face Juan Manuel Marquez.

                    After spending just a little over a year in retirement, sources revealed that Floyd Mayweather has already picked an opponent for his comeback, Juan Manuel Marquez, who officially challenged Mayweather during an interview after his title-winning victory over Juan Diaz. "If Floyd Mayweather is the best, then I want to fight the best," Marquez said during the post-fight interview on HBO. "I want to move up [to welterweight]. He is the best and I want him."


                    SOURCE 7
                  MAY 2, 2009
                  • Floyd Mayweather officially announces his return.

                    Several hours before Manny Pacquiao was scheduled to face off against Ricky Hatton, Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions held a press conference where Floyd Mayweather officially announced his return to the ring to face Juan Manuel Marquez. "That's right. I'm back and you can all get ready for another chapter of the Mayweather experience," said Mayweather. "I told my CEO Leonard Ellerbe from the start that I wanted to come back fighting the best fighters out there and Juan Manuel Marquez is one of the best in boxing today."

                    SOURCE 8
                  MAY 2, 2009
                  • Pacquiao impressively defeats Ricky Hatton via knockout.

                    After just 2 rounds, Manny Pacquiao literally brings an end to Ricky Hatton's career, dropping him in the first round before rendering him unconscious in the second.

                    SOURCE 9
                  MAY 4, 2009
                  • Freddie Roach says he's not interested in Pacquiao fighting Mayweather at 147 pounds.

                    Although Manny Pacquiao is confident that he can fight as a welterweight, his trainer Freddie Roach says that he's not interested in fighting Floyd Mayweather at 147 pounds any time soon. "At the right weight? No problem. At 147? Forget it," Roach said. "Manny doesn't need it. Manny's best weight is 140."


                    SOURCE 10 (DOA) http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=464414
                    SOURCE 11 (DOA) http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/...
                  MAY 7, 2009
                  • Rumors surface that Mayweather wants a 60-40 split in his favor to face Pacquiao.

                    Despite the fact that he has yet to face Juan Manuel Marquez and negotiations for a Pacquiao fight have yet to begin, rumors already begin to surface that Floyd Mayweather expects a 60-40 split in his favor in order to make a fight with Manny Pacquiao a reality.


                    SOURCE 12
                  MAY 15, 2009
                  • Roach says Mayweather is not getting a 60-40 split.

                    Again, although negotiations have yet to begin, trainer Freddie Roach makes it clear that a 60-40 split in Mayweather's favor is not going to work. "Both fighters have egos. Mayweather wants a 60-40 split. He's not going to get that with Manny. I know for sure Manny won't accept anything like that," Roach stated during an interview.


                    SOURCE 13
                  MAY 22, 2009
                  • Roach reiterates that Mayweather is not getting a 60-40 split; says they don't plan on waiting for him to make Pacquiao's next fight.

                    During an in-studio appearance on ESPN's Friday Night Fights, trainer Freddie Roach reiterates to host Brian Kenny that Mayweather will not be getting a 60-40 split in his favor. Furthermore, Roach makes it clear that they don't plan on waiting around for the outcome of Mayweather's bout with Marquez to make a decision on their next move. "But the thing is we're not going to wait for this guy though. If something else comes up for us; he chose to fight somebody else. We're the top dog right now. If he wants to make the kind of money he's talking about, he has to fight Pacquiao because Pacquiao's the draw right now, not Floyd Mayweather...The hardest thing with Mayweather, he wants the 60/40 he's talking about, you know. Pacquiao's the number one guy. 60/40 our way will work. 60/40 his way, it's not happening."


                    SOURCE 14
                  MAY 27, 2009
                  • Mayweather says Pacquiao is not getting a 50-50 split.

                    During an online chat with his fans, Floyd Mayweather makes it clear that Manny Pacquiao will never get a 50/50 split of the purse against him. "Pacquiao will never get 50/50. It'll be a cold day in hell before that happens," Mayweather stated, pointing to his pay-per-view numbers as proof that he's indeed the bigger draw. "We deal with facts. When he fought Oscar, he did 1.25 [million]. When I fought Oscar, we did 2.5 [million]. Against Hatton, they did 800 [thousand] and change. I did 930 [thousand] for the same fight. I did over a million in the UK and they did less than half of that."


                    SOURCE 15
                  MAY 31, 2009
                  • Arum calls Mayweather delusional and says he may not even get a 50-50 split.

                    "You can tell Floyd Mayweather that Bob Arum said he's delusional," remarked promoter Bob Arum when asked what he thought about the rumors that Mayweather wanted a 60-40 split in his favor. "Floyd is not the attraction. Manny is the attraction. Floyd's got no idea what he's talking about," Arum continued as he countered Mayweather's comments about being the bigger draw. "Even a 50/50 split with Floyd Mayweather is nonsense."


                    SOURCE 16 (DOA) http://www.philstar.com/SportsArticle.aspx?articleId=473384
                  MAY 31, 2009
                  • Pacquiao names potential future opponents, but leaves the final decision up to his team.

                    In a feature column at PhilBoxing.com, Manny Pacquiao updated his fans on who his next opponent may be. Revealing that he had a number of options, including Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel, and of course Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao insisted that he would not back down from any of them, but would not choose one in particular, instead leaving the decision in the hands of his team. "There's a lot of opponents who want to try and fight me because of my rank as the number one pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. I will not back down nor choose anyone. Just as long as my team chooses wisely and everything is fair and right, I will not back down," he commented.


                    SOURCE 17
                    SOURCE 18
                  JUNE 14, 2009
                  • Mayweather's bout with Marquez postponed due to an injury.

                    Floyd Mayweather's July 18 return to the ring to face Juan Manuel Marquez is postponed due to a rib injury sustained by Mayweather while training. "I am extremely disappointed that this fight has to be postponed," said Mayweather. "I was training very hard and looking forward to getting back in the ring on July 18th."


                    SOURCE 19
                  JUNE 14, 2009
                  • Arum reveals plans were already in the works for Pacquiao vs. Cotto; fight nearly finalized.

                    Shortly after Miguel Cotto won a controversial decision over Joshua Clottey, his promoter Bob Arum revealed that he already had preliminary discussions with the Puerto Rican champion about a potential fight with Pacquiao. "I would like for him [Cotto] to fight Manny Pacquiao...That would be a tremendous fight and I hope we can get it done for November," Arum stated. "I talked preliminarily with the Cotto people face-to-face at a meeting in Tampa when he was training for the [Joshua] Clottey fight...I laid out everything. Hopefully we'll have their answer and get it resolved with them by the end of the week. Both guys want to fight each other. When that happens, generally it can all come together."


                    SOURCE 20 (DOA) http://www.mb.com.ph/node/206890/arum-it
                    SOURCE 21
                  JUNE 18, 2009
                  • Mayweather's bout with Marquez rescheduled for September.

                    After receiving clearance from his doctor, Floyd Mayweather's bout with Juan Manuel Marquez is officially rescheduled for September 19.


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                  JULY 14, 2009
                  • Mayweather offers to pay step aside money to Marquez; reiterates that a 50-50 purse split with Pacquiao won't happen.

                    During a conference call to promote his return to the ring, Mayweather offers to pay step aside money to Juan Manuel Marquez if Manny Pacquiao is willing to fight him. "If Manny really does want to fight me, all he's got do to is say it. We can pay Marquez to step aside, we can pay him $1 million. Is you ready? Let me know," Mayweather commented. He also made it clear that if the fight does take place, he will not be splitting the purse 50-50 with Pacquiao. "Bob Arum wants 50-50, that's why we'll never get that fight...We don't like to negotiate our personal business, but everybody knows [Pacquiao] is not going to get a 50-50 with Floyd Mayweather," he reiterated. "He hasn't done anything that I haven't done. He just followed behind me. It's like a T-bone steak. I eat all the meat off the steak and they threw him the bone...He hasn't called me out. I'm not hard to find. I ain't worried about him. With or without him, I'm comfortable. I'm happy. He don't make me. I don't chase opponents. Opponents chase me. The biggest fight in boxing is Mayweather versus anybody."


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                    SOURCE 26 (DOA) http://www.mb.com.ph/node/211019/mayweather
                  SEPTEMBER 15, 2009
                  • Floyd Mayweather Sr. makes first insinuation that Pacquiao may be using PEDs.

                    Just days prior to Floyd Mayweather's first fight back since retiring, his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., shares his opinion about Manny Pacquiao to Josh Slagter of the Grand Rapids Press. "My honest opinion, I believe he's on some kind of supplements. Pacquiao, he is, if you see him now, he starts doing his stuff like this [shaking his head] all in front of the TV, you know what that's about...personally, myself, I don't think he can beat Lil Floyd with steroids in him or not. I just don't think he got...he don't have that kind of talent. He don't have that kind of skill, you know. Whatever he got in him, that's what they doing right now, man," Mayweather Sr. commented, suggesting that Pacquiao's recent success may be due to his use of "supplements".


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                  SEPTEMBER 19, 2009
                  • Mayweather dominates Marquez.

                    Not even close! Floyd Mayweather dominates Juan Manuel Marquez, winning nearly every round on all three scorecards and limiting Marquez to landing only 69 punches out of 583.


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                  OCTOBER 7, 2009
                  • Bob Arum suggests Floyd Mayweather's next fight should be with Shane Mosley.

                    With Manny Pacquiao already scheduled to face Miguel Cotto in November, promoter Bob Arum suggests that Floyd Mayweather should fight Shane Mosley next. "The fight that should be made is Mayweather and Shane Mosley, but Mayweather won't take that fight. He won't take any fight where there is any possibility where he might lose," Arum would tell Rick Reeno of BoxingScene.com. "Money is secondary with him. He will not take a chance like a normal fighter. He cares more about his legacy and being able to retire undefeated so he could say that he never lost a fight." Arum also made it clear that he would not entertain anything less than a 50/50 split of the purse if they began negotiations after the Cotto bout. "If I start hearing 60/40, that just tells me to hang up and move on to the next guy," Arum added.


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                  NOVEMBER 14, 2009
                  • Pacquiao dominates Cotto.

                    Manny Pacquiao continues his assault on the welterweight division, dropping Miguel Cotto twice before ultimately stopping him in the 12th round.


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                  NOVEMBER 15, 2009
                  • Golden Boy Promotions given green light by Mayweather to begin negotiations.

                    Less than two hours after Manny Pacquiao defeated Miguel Cotto on November 14, 2009, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer contacted the President of HBO Sports, Ross Greenburg, to inform him that he had been given permission by Floyd Mayweather to begin negotiations for a potential showdown. "He plans on meeting next week with Bob to make the Mayweather fight," revealed Greenberg just minutes after the phone call.


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                  NOVEMBER 17, 2009
                  • Multiple venues begin vying for the fight.

                    Reports begin to surface regarding a number of venues already vying for the chance to land the biggest financial fight in boxing history.


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                  NOVEMBER 18, 2009
                  • Rumblings about purse split issues surface again.

                    In an interview with Adam Smith of Sky Sports, Mayweather against states that should a bout with Pacquiao come to fruition, he deserves to get the lion's share of the purse. "I deserve the bigger piece of the pie. I've done more, I've been around the sport longer and I've been dominating longer. And nobody has beaten me yet. Like I said before, they trying to build a fighter to beat me. They built Ricky Hatton up, undefeated; it didn't happen. They constantly build these fighters up. It's not going to happen. When God wants me to lose, that's when I'll lose," Mayweather remarked.


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                  NOVEMBER 22, 2009
                  • Rumblings about purse split issues continue to grow.

                    Speaking to David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe reiterated their belief that Mayweather deserves the lion's share of the purse should a bout with Pacquiao be made. "Floyd has proved himself the undisputable champion and numbers don't lie. If the fight happens, he deserves the lion's share of the purse," Ellerbe stated.


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                  NOVEMBER 30, 2009
                  • Disagreements arise regarding the date: March, May or September?

                    Negotiations would hit another minor bump in the road after Pacquiao confirmed his decision to run for Congress in the May 2010 general elections. HBO was hoping to target May 1st as the date for the potential showdown, but Pacquiao's candidacy for the May elections would've made it difficult for him to properly train for his toughest challenge inside the ring. Pacquiao was willing to fight sooner, in March, but Mayweather preferred the later date. Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, would reveal that promoter Bob Arum informed him that the bout would likely be pushed back to September.


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                  DECEMBER 1, 2009
                  • Reports surface claiming that the bout is nearly finalized after Mayweather agreed to terms.

                    According to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, sources informed him that the much-anticipated clash was already nearly finalized and reportedly set for March 13, 2010. No specifics details on the purse split, weight, or gloves were given, but Mayweather apparently agreed to all terms for a March 13 showdown, and Cowboys Stadium, the MGM Grand Garden Arena and the New Orleans Superdome were all venues said to be in the running to host the mega-fight at the time.


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                  DECEMBER 2, 2009
                  • Arum travels to the Philippines to finalize details with Pacquiao.

                    According to sources, despite a few "minor" details that still needed to be ironed out, Mayweather had agreed to the biggest hurdles at the time, the purse split and the date of the bout, prompting Bob Arum to fly to Manila to meet with Pacquiao in-person to finalize their end of the deal.


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                  DECEMBER 3, 2009
                  • Freddie Roach and Bob Arum disagree on the date of the bout.

                    "March 13 is too fast a turnaround. Manny has a broken eardrum. I'd like to have more time," stated Freddie Roach when asked to comment on the status of negotiations. Roach seemed reluctant for Pacquiao to face Mayweather in March so soon after his November clash with Miguel Cotto. Arum, however, insisted that the fight must take place sooner rather than later due to Pacquiao's plans to run for Congress. "I am not here to interfere with his political life and March 13 doesn't.if he lets Mayweather off the hook now by not agreeing to the March 13 date because of politics here in this country, then we are never going to get him (Mayweather) in the ring," Arum explained.


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                  DECEMBER 4, 2009
                  • Pacquiao agrees to March 13 date, provided some "very minor" additional requests are met.

                    After meeting with Arum, Pacquiao agreed to terms for a March 13th clash. "I had a meeting this morning and we went over all the points and now I have to go back to the United States and sit with the Mayweather people and finalize some very minor aspects and then we'll have an announcement sometime next week," Arum proclaimed. Pacquiao's advisor, Michael Koncz, would reiterate that there were still some minor details that needed to be ironed out, stating, "Manny has some additional requirements, requests, which Arum didn't think was a problem." The "minor details" would be revealed later.


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                  DECEMBER 4, 2009
                  • Freddie Roach claims Mayweather wants to fight at 154 pounds with 10 oz. gloves.

                    According to Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach, the "very minor" details that still needed to be ironed out were the weight limit and glove size, as Mayweather allegedly only agreed to fight at 154 pounds with 10 oz. gloves. "There's always negotiations, like he [Mayweather] wants 10 oz. gloves, we want 8 oz. gloves, stuff like that; the weight he wants is 154 lb., we want 147, so there's some issues, but I think it can be solved. It's a tough fight because his style does give us difficulties, and we need to draft a plan for a new strategy. Yes, it's a tough fight, but it's a fight Manny wants."


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                  DECEMBER 5, 2009
                  • Pacquiao allegedly signs a contract to face Mayweather.

                    According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Manny Pacquiao officially signed a contract to face Floyd Mayweather. Just one day prior, it was reported that although both sides had agreed to initial terms, there were still some "minor details" that needed to be ironed out. According to Rafael, however, those details were apparently resolved and the Filipino icon allegedly put pen to paper to face Mayweather on March 13 in a welterweight (147-pound) bout using 8 oz. gloves for an agreed upon 50-50 split of the purse.


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                  DECEMBER 5, 2009
                  • Pacquiao denies ever signing a contract to face Mayweather.

                    Oops! At least that's probaby what Dan Rafael of ESPN was thinking after just reporting that Pacquiao had indeed signed a contract to face Mayweather. "We haven't signed anything, although we think that that is a formality. But that won't happen until the end of negotiations," Pacquiao's advisor Michael Koncz would explain to Lem Satterfield of AOL Fanhouse. Pacquiao himself would confirm that statement. When asked directly if he had signed any contracts, Pacquiao replied, "No, because there are still some things that need to be negotiated. That would be premature and foolish. Nobody ever brought us a contract to sign. We agreed to everything in principle, but there are still some finer points that need to be negotiated." Those "fine points" would later be revealed.


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                  DECEMBER 7, 2009
                  • Pacquiao requests $10 million per pound weight penalty.

                    Fearing that Mayweather may not make the agreed upon welterweight limit of 147 pounds, one of the "minor details" and "fine points" that Team Pacquiao requested was a weight penalty that would force Mayweather to pay $10 million for every pound over the maximum allowable weight. "Our concern is that Floyd might come in at 150 lbs during the official weigh-in (on the eve of the fight). Of course, we will not let this pass. We will put that particular provision in the contract," Pacquiao's lawyer, Franklin Gacal, explained. Without hesitation, Mayweather would agree to the request.


                    SOURCE 53 (DOA) http://www.mb.com.ph/node/232991/penaltie
                  DECEMBER 9, 2009
                  • A rift begins to grow over the venue: Cowboys Stadium or MGM Grand?

                    According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Dallas Cowboys Stadium was no longer in the running as a potential venue after Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer canceled a planned trip with Bob Arum and HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg to meet with Dallas Cowboys officials to discuss a proposal to bring the megafight to the stadium. "I'm not going to Texas. I'm not going to do the fight in Texas. I'm not going to waste my time," was Schaefer's only explanation to Arum.


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                  DECEMBER 10, 2009
                  • Arum voluntarily removes himself from negotiations; blames Richard Schaefer.

                    Upset with Richard Schaefer's last-minute cancelling of their meeting with Dallas Cowboys officials, Bob Arum relinquishes negotiating duties to his stepson, Top Rank President Todd DuBoef. "I am so emotionally sick over this thing that I wash my hands of the negotiations completely. And I gave it Todd to save this thing. I told him that he can deal with them. I'm not dealing with them anymore. Todd DuBoef will be talking to them. As I said, I wash my hands completely of this whole thing.I think that Richard Schaefer must have an agenda, because I just don't deal with people that way. I feel totally humiliated. I really don't think that Floyd Mayweather has anything to do with it. Do I know for sure? No. But I can't see why Floyd would have an agenda here. I just can't see that," said Arum, placing blame on Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.


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                  DECEMBER 11, 2009
                  • Freddie Roach reveals rumor about a request for Olympic-style drug testing, but says they will agree.

                    In a video titled "Boxing Legend Freddie Roach Updates Us On Pacquiao" uploaded to YouTube on DECEMBER 11, 2009, Freddie Roach reveals the first hint about Mayweather's request for Olympic-style drug testing, telling roving reporter Elie Seckbach, "I hear negotiations are a little shady. Schaefer and them are unhappy about something. They want Olympic-style drug testing. I said, 'Yeah, no problem.' I said, 'Whatever you want.' Since we excepted that, now they're running scared again."


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                  DECEMBER 12, 2009
                  • Mayweather's request for Olympic-style drug testing is officially revealed.

                    The first reports of Mayweather's request for Olympic-style drug testing began to surface as Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe explained their stance that both fighters be subjected to random blood and urine testing in the weeks leading up to the March 13 fight. "Al and I made sure this will be implemented. It is going to be done. It's not a one-way thing, it's both fighters who are subject to testing. And this is not Floyd saying this. This is me and Al. This is one of the biggest fights in the history of the sport and the fans deserve it to be fair. Floyd's got nothing to do with this. It's our job to protect him and give him the best chance to be successful," Ellerbe would comment.


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                  DECEMBER 13, 2009
                  • Michael Koncz says request for Olympic-style testing is a laughing matter and suggests they have no problem with it.

                    Speaking to Lem Satterfield of AOL Fanhouse, Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz, suggests that Mayweather's request for Olympic-style drug testing is a laughing matter and they have no concerns whatsoever about it. "Our reaction is, 'So what?' We know Manny doesn't take any illegal drugs or anything. And none of this is getting under Manny's skin or anything. I'm here with Manny, and to him, it's like a joke. It's a laughing matter," said Koncz. "It's something foolish anyway. Why would we be concerned? We know he doesn't do any of that ****."


                    SOURCE 60 (DOA) http://www.aolnews.com/2009/12/13/pacquiao-would...
                  DECEMBER 19, 2009
                  • MGM Grand reported as venue for March 13 bout.

                    Mulitple sources named the MGM Grand Garden Arena as the venue to host the mega-fight. Plans were already being made to announce the bout at a JANUARY 6 press conference in New York, followed by another press conference on JANUARY 8 in Los Angeles.


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                  DECEMBER 22, 2009
                  • Golden Boy press release reveals Pacquiao is unwilling to agree to random Olympic-style blood and urine testing.

                    After reports had surfaced that both parties had agreed to all terms, Golden Boy Promotions released a press release revealing that Pacquiao was unwilling to comply with the Olympic-style drug testing requested by Team Mayweather. "Todd told me that Pacquiao has difficulty with taking blood and doesn't want to do it so close to the fight. He, Pacquiao, would only agree to have blood drawn before the kick-off press conference and after the fight," Schaefer would explain in the press release. Both Mayweather himself and Leonard Ellerbe were also quoted in the press release, reiterating their concern that "an elite athlete like Manny Pacquiao" would refuse an opportunity to ensure a "level of fairness" and a "level playing field" in a fight of this magnitude.


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                  DECEMBER 23, 2009
                  • Infuriated Bob Arum declares the fight is off; blames Mayweather.

                    Furious with Mayweather's unwillingness to change his stance on random blood testing, Arum declared the fight was off and that Pacquiao would be facing a different opponent. "We're going in a different direction. What I believe is that Floyd never really wanted the fight and this is just harassment of Pacquiao. We appeased Mayweather by agreeing to a urine analysis at any time, and blood testing before the press conference and after the fight. Mayweather pressed for blood testing even up to the weigh-in. He knew that Manny gets freaked out when his blood gets taken, and feels that it weakens him. This is just harassment and, to me, just signaled that he didn't want the fight," Arum would tell David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press as he explained why he immediately rejected the request for random blood tests. "Nevada has stringent drug testing, right before the fight and after the fight. This is all a bunch of hooey and nonsense...Manny Pacquiao doesn't know anything about drugs. This is just typical nastiness by wise guys like (adviser Leonard) Ellerbe and Mayweather. They're just wise guys. I don't think Schaefer's to blame. I think he got sucked in by it," he continued, this time making sure to place full blame on Team Mayweather as opposed to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who was handling the negotiations at the time.


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                  DECEMBER 23, 2009
                  • Arum issues first deadline for Mayweather to accept Team Pacquiao's terms.

                    Not long after declaring that the fight was off, Arum had a change of heart and offered Mayweather a 24-hour take-it-or-leave-it deadline to accept Team Pacquiao's terms for drug testing. "Manny has told me he doesn't want to be harassed. We're not jumping through hoops for Mayweather. I'm not going to take this," Bob Arum would remark, referring to Mayweather's request for random Olympic-style drug testing. Instead, Arum explained Pacquiao would only agree to blood tests more than 30 days before the fight and right after the fight. Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, would tell Lance Pugmire of the LA Times that he had no problems with the blood testing so long as they ended either 1 week or 72 hours before the bout. Leonard Ellerbe also revealed to Lance Pugmire that, according to officials at USADA, Pacquiao would not have to give a blood sample the day before the bout during the weigh-in. Despite agreeing that USADA wasn't likely to request a sample the day before the fight, Arum stood firm on his position, insisting that if Floyd Mayweather did not drop his demands for Olympic-style drug testing, the highly-anticipated clash would be off and Pacquiao would move forward to face a different opponent. Arum also instructed members of his staff to begin "working on another fight with Manny." Names that were tossed around included Yuri Foreman, Paulie Malignaggi and Juan Manuel Marquez.


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                  DECEMBER 23, 2009
                  • Top Rank press release sent out explaining Team Pacquiao only willing to agree to 3 non-random blood tests.

                    Just hours later on the same day, Top Rank sends out a press release explaining their position on Mayweather's request for random Olympic-style drug testing. In it, Arum clarified that Pacquiao was willing to submit to as many random urine tests requested, but as far as random blood tests are concerned, he was only willing to subject himself to 3 tests: one in JANUARY, one 30 days from the bout (no later than February 13), and immediately after the fight. "Let's be very clear on the real issues we differ on. It's not about being tested. Manny is onboard with that since it's such a major concern of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. It's about who does the testing and the scheduling of the procedures. Manny will submit to as many random urine tests requested. Regarding the blood tests, he will subject himself to three tests; one given in JANUARY during the week the fight is formally announced, one thirty days from the fight, no later than February 13, and the final one immediately following the fight, in Manny's locker room. The major issue related to the testing rests with which independent agency will administer these tests. The United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) cannot do it because they will not amend its procedures to accommodate the blood testing schedule we have outlined. USADA, under its guidelines, would have the right to administer random blood tests as many times as they want up to weigh-in day and that is ludicrous," Arum explained.


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                  DECEMBER 23, 2009
                  • Team Mayweather stands firm on request for random blood testing leading up to the bout.

                    That same day, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe confirms that Team Mayweather is standing firm on their request for random Olympic-style blood and urine testing. "You got a superstition of getting pricked and with taking blood, but you got tattoos all over your body. Which one is it? You're afraid of needles, but you got tattoos all over your body," he commented, referring to Bob Arum's suggestion that Pacquiao "gets freaked out" when his blood is taken.


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                  DECEMBER 25, 2009
                  • Pacquiao announces plans to sue the Mayweathers and Golden Boy Promotions.

                    "Enough is enough. These people, Mayweather Sr., Jr., and Golden Boy Promotions, think it is a joke and a right to accuse someone wrongly of using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs. I have tried to just brush it off as a mere pre-fight ploy but I think they have gone overboard. I have instructed my promoter, Bob Arum, head of Top Rank Inc., to help me out in the filing of the case as soon as possible because I have had people coming over to me now asking if I really take performance-enhancing drugs and I have cheated my way into becoming the No. 1 boxer in the world," said Pacquiao, who made the decision to file a lawsuit shortly after Team Mayweather refused to budge on their demand for random Olmpic-style blood and urine testing. Despite the timing of his decision, Pacquiao claimed he had been contemplating filing the lawsuit ever since Mayweather Sr. first made the accusations regarding his use of PEDs back in September, but he chose not to at the time to avoid being distracted as he prepared for his November bout with Miguel Cotto.


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                  DECEMBER 25, 2009
                  • Arum declares that the fight is officially off and Pacquiao would target Paulie Malignaggi instead; blames Schaefer again, not Mayweather.

                    "This fight is absolutely off. That's our position, period, is that we're moving on to Malignaggi. And if Mayweather loses this fight, and all of this money, then he has only one guy to blame, and that's Richard Schaefer. This is not Mayweather. This is Richard Schaefer," remarked Arum, still fuming over the press release sent out by Golden Boy Promotions 3 days prior, as he directed full blame back to Richard Schaefer. Despite the efforts of HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg to bring both sides together through mediation, Arum, who voluntarily removed himself from the negotiation process nearly two weeks prior, was no longer willing to continue working towards an agreement as long as Schaefer was still involved. "I called up Ross and I said, 'I'm not going to take part in any mediation or anything. I'm not going to deal with Richard Schaefer on instructions from my client. He's demeaned and libeled my client for no damn reason. And I'm just not going to take part in it. If they want to come back and have someone else represent them -- [Mayweather's adviser] Leonard Ellerbe -- or anybody else they want, then we can sit down and do this the right way with the Nevada Athletic Commission having complete jurisdiction over everything," Arum explained, reiterating that the only testing they would agree to was the testing already done by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. "Then, we would agree to pre-fight testing, urine analysis, blood-testing, whatever it took to get this fight done," said Arum. "But we'd only do it with the Nevada Athletic Commission. But for now, Manny has asked me to move on to Malignaggi."


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                  DECEMBER 26, 2009
                  • Team Mayweather willing to work towards a cut-off date, but Arum reveals offer to take any additional blood tests is off the table.

                    In response to Bob Arum declaring that the fight was off, Team Mayweather revealed that they were willing to work towards a cut-off date so long as random blood tests are still conducted leading up to that date. "What we're saying, and what is important to us, is four things: that the tests be random, that they include blood and urine and the time frame, meaning when do you stop the tests before the fight but know they will still be effective. Three of them we have agreed on: random, blood and urine. So now it is a matter of the two sides working out the specifics of the cutoff date to assure it will still be effective USADA is the most recognized one, but if it's another one, like the Nevada commission, we don't really care. I don't care who performs the tests as long as they are performed. That's our position. If this fight doesn't happen it's not because of Team Mayweather," Richard Schaefer commented, also explaining that they had no problem with the Nevada State Athletic Commission handling the testing, just so long as the random blood tests were indeed conducted. Arum, however, still angered by the request, revealed that Team Pacquiao's offer to take 3 blood tests was off the table and the only testing they would agree to was the standard testing performed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which has no protocols for random blood testing and typically only conducts one urine test right before and right after the fight. "If they go to the commission and they ask for blood tests and the commission says yes, we will do whatever the commission says. The commission says blood testing, we'll do blood testingLet the commission tell us how many days in front they want blood. Let the commission pick a date to stop taking blood. We trust the commission. Blood testing, we think, is unnecessary, but fine, we'll do it. But let the commission set the parameters," Arum explained.


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                  DECEMBER 26, 2009
                  • Arum stands firm on Team Pacquiao's demands and issues second deadline.

                    Despite reports from Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer that Top Rank president Todd DuBoef and Golden Boy executive Bruce Binkow were negotiating a final cut-off date for random blood testing, Arum insisted that Schaefer was "making it up" and reiterated that Pacquiao would now only be taking one blood test in JANUARY in order to renew his license, a requirement for all boxers by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, as well as one test after the fight. "Manny will do a blood test, as required, to get his new boxing license in JANUARY per the Nevada commission. Manny will also do another blood test after the fight. End of story," Arum stated before issuing another take-it-or-leave-it deadline.


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                  DECEMBER 27, 2009
                  • Pacquiao releases statement explaining his position on blood testing.

                    "These are my specifications for this fight regarding blood testing. I have offered to give a blood sample the day of the announcement of the fight at the (press conference). I have offered to give a blood sample 30 days before the fight. I am willing to give blood immediately after the fight is over inside my dressing room. I am also willing to give urine tests at anytime, anywhere, every day leading up to the fight," Pacquiao explained in a prepared statement, outlining his original offer to take 3 non-random blood tests. "The truth is taking blood out of my body does not seem natural to me and mentally I feel it will weaken me if blood is taken from me just days before the fightIf Floyd Mayweather Jr. does not accept these terms [then] my promoter will find me another fight for March the 13," he added.


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                  DECEMBER 28, 2009
                  • Team Mayweather stands firm on their request for random blood testing.

                    Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe reiterates their position. "Random is random. The whole purpose of doing something random is for surprise. We're not backing off," he explained as Team Mayweather remained firm on their stance for random blood testing in the weeks leading up to a showdown with Pacquiao. Despite Arum's final offer of letting the blood-testing issue be handled by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Team Mayweather insisted that was not an option since they were ill-equipped to handle that type of protocol. "With all due respect to the Nevada commission, Keith Kizer has publicly gone on record and said they wouldn't be able to handle this particular issue at this particular time," said Ellerbe.


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                  DECEMBER 28, 2009
                  • Video surfaces of Pacquiao taking blood tests less than 30 days prior to a fight.

                    Video from an episode of HBO's "Pacquiao vs. Hatton 24/7" surfaced on the internet showing Manny Pacquiao giving blood in the weeks leading up to his May 2nd bout with Ricky Hatton. The original footage was aired a week prior to the fight, but it was unclear as to exactly when it was taped. Although Pacquiao maintained that he was only willing to do a blood test 30 days before and one day after the fight, the new development prompted both sides to continue negotiating despite Arum's take-it-or-leave-it deadline. "I will transmit it [information regarding the footage] to Manny once Ross Greenburg establishes the actual date of the test in '24/7' and [the Mayweather camp] makes a proposal based on what Ross has come up with. If that happens, I am sure I can convince Manny," said Arum. Schaefer would echo those sentiments, "I need to discuss it with Team Mayweather. We need to find out what it means if you cut off testing 14 days before the fight. I want to talk to Al Haymon and Leonard."


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                  DECEMBER 28, 2009
                  • Golden Boy press release blames Pacquiao and Arum for walking away from fight.

                    On the same day that the video was discovered, Golden Boy Promotions sent out a press release blaming both Manny Pacquiao and promoter Bob Arum for attempting to walk away from negotiations. The focus was primarily on Pacquiao's refusal to participate in random blood testing, making comments like, "The fact is that he did have blood taken just 14 days prior to his fight with Ricky Hatton, an event which was documented on HBO's 24/7 reality showLet it be very clear that nobody from Team Mayweather or Golden Boy Promotions is accusing Pacquiao of anything. But the reality seems to be that for whatever reason Pacquiao does not want to participate in random blood testing, which has already been deemed a harmless procedure that many current athletes are subjected to prior to and during competitionTeam Mayweather and Golden Boy Promotions is still open to the earlier discussions of having both parties work out a mutually agreeable understanding of the testing, which would be conducted by a mutually agreed upon agency."


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                  DECEMBER 28, 2009
                  • Nevada State Athletic Commission orders both Mayweather and Pacquiao to take a random urine test.

                    Perhaps in a move to show their commitment to drug testing, the Nevada State Athletic Commission ordered both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. to take an immediate "out-of-competition" urine test. "It's a start," said Executive Director Keith Kizer. "I don't know if this will help the chances of the fight happening. But with all this talk of drug tests, let's actually do one." The commission called on Pacquiao and Mayweather to submit to urine tests within 48 hours or they would face possible fines or suspension. Pacquiao complied immediately, taking the test the next day in front of cameras and reporters.

                    SOURCE 87
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                  DECEMBER 29, 2009
                  • Top Rank press release sent out with statements from Pacquiao stating Team Mayweather and Golden Boy Promotions are lying.

                    In a move to counter Golden Boy Promotions, Top Rank quickly sent out their own press release with comments from an infuriated Manny Pacquiao. In it, Pacquiao accuses Team Mayweather and Golden Boy Promotions of lying and reiterated his willingness to abide by the normal drug testing policies of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which do not include provisions for random blood testing. "I can't believe these guys can lie without batting an eyelash and they would even make it appear that I am the culprit for the delay of the fight and saying that I don't want it to happenLiars go to hell. They should be man enough and own up to their wordsI want to put this on the record again, that I will abide by the NSAC requirements like in all of the fights in boxing history, including all of my fights," Pacquiao would comment in the press release.


                    SOURCE 90
                  DECEMBER 29, 2009
                  • Video footage is confirmed to have been taken 24 days prior to Pacquiao vs. Hatton.

                    Documents confirm that the video showing Manny Pacquiao giving blood in the weeks leading up to his May 2nd bout with Ricky Hatton was recorded on April 8th, 24 days prior to the fight and past the 30-day cut-off date that Pacquiao had insisted on.


                    SOURCE 91
                    SOURCE 92
                  DECEMBER 30, 2009
                  • Pacquiao issues another official statement regarding his stance on having blood drawn.

                    Pacquiao issues another statement, this one independent of Top Rank, defending himself and explaining his stance on having his blood drawn while at the same time repeatedly professing his innocence and lack of knowledge regarding steroids and performance enhancing drugs. "My concern has never been with someone randomly checking me with regards to blood or urine. I volunteered immediately to have my urine tested anytime someone wanted to, all the way up to the time I am walking into the ringAs I have stated before I have never used anabolic steroids nor do I even know what they look likeMy concern as a fighter is that there should be some limitations and agreements on how much blood they can take from someone prior to a fight. My other concern is how close to the actual fight itself can they take the blood. It is my opinion taking blood from a person can weaken you. I do not want to be in a weakened state when I enter the ring against any fighter," he would repeat.


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                  DECEMBER 30, 2009
                  • Pacquiao officially files lawsuit against Team Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer.

                    Pacquiao officially filed a lawsuit in Nevada federal court against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr., Roger Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions LLC, and Golden Boy Promotions executives Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer for making false and defamatory statements accusing Pacquiao of taking performance-enhancing drugs. The lawsuit claimed the Mayweathers, De La Hoya, and Schaefer knew that Pacquiao had never taken performance-enhancing drugs, knew their statements were false, but made them anyway out of "ill-will, spite, malice, revenge, and envy."


                    SOURCE 95
                  JANUARY 5, 2010
                  • Both sides enter into mediation in an attempt to reach an agreement.

                    Despite the tempers of Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao flaring, both sides agree to enter into mediation in hopes of coming to an agreement on the blood testing issue. "We're going into mediation," Bob Arum revealed. Retired federal judge Daniel Weinstein, who successfully resolved a prior dispute between Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions, would again act as mediator.


                    SOURCE 96
                    SOURCE 97
                  JANUARY 7, 2010
                  • Arum declares the fight is off after Mayweather rejects Team Pacquiao's offer of a 24-day cut-off date.

                    After hours of negotiating during mediation, Arum declared that the fight was officially off after Mayweather refused to agree to a 24-day cut-off date, which Team Pacquiao had agreed to after it was discovered that he had given blood 24 days prior to his May 2nd bout with Ricky Hatton. "The proposal that the mediator put forth and recommended the Mayweather camp was very simple: They would be allowed to do the blood-testing within up to 24 days of the fight, and the tests would be supervised, pursuant to the guidines of the Nevada State Athletic Commission's jurisdiction, and that they [Mayweather's camp] would give a statement of full apology in regard to comments made about Manny and their false allegations that he had been taking performance enhancing drugs. I was informed by Arum about 30 minutes ago that that was flatly refused by the Mayweather people, and that's a rejection of the recommendation of the arbitrator, so we're not going to stay around and wait, because we have nothing to negotiatiate," said Pacquiao's advisor Michael Koncz.


                    SOURCE 98
                    SOURCE 99
                    SOURCE 100
                    SOURCE 101
                  JANUARY 7, 2010
                  • Mediator issues an order stating Team Pacquiao made false allegations regarding mediation.

                    Judge Daniel Weinstein issued an order to correct false statements made by Top Rank and Manny Pacquiao's representatives concerning details of events that took place during mediation. Essentially, the statement clarified that the mediator did not make a recommendation, as suggested by Pacquiao's advisor Michael Koncz, and that there were multiple proposals on the table presented by both parties, not just the 24-day cut-off date that Arum said was rejected.


                    SOURCE 102
                  JANUARY 7, 2010
                  • Mayweather reveals a 14-day cut-off date was offered to Team Pacquiao, but they refused.

                    Floyd Mayweather would release his own prepared statement revealing that a 14-day cut-off date was offered to Team Pacquiao even before both sides entered into mediation, but ultimately, it was rejected. "Before the mediation, my team proposed a 14-day, no blood testing window leading up to the fight. But it was rejected. I am still proposing the 14-day window, but he is still unwilling to agree to it, even though this is obviously a fair compromise on my part as I wanted the testing to be up until the fight and he wanted a 30-day cut-off. The truth is he just doesn't want to take the tests," Mayweather explained.


                    SOURCE 103
                  JANUARY 7, 2010
                  • Mayweather reveals a 14-day cut-off date was offered to Team Pacquiao, but they refused.

                    Floyd Mayweather would release his own prepared statement revealing that a 14-day cut-off date was offered to Team Pacquiao even before both sides entered into mediation, but ultimately, it was rejected. "Before the mediation, my team proposed a 14-day, no blood testing window leading up to the fight. But it was rejected. I am still proposing the 14-day window, but he is still unwilling to agree to it, even though this is obviously a fair compromise on my part as I wanted the testing to be up until the fight and he wanted a 30-day cut-off. The truth is he just doesn't want to take the tests," Mayweather explained.


                    SOURCE 104
                  JANUARY 8, 2010
                  • Richard Schaefer, Bob Arum and Michael Koncz confirm that a 14-day cut-off date was offered, but rejected by Team Pacquiao.

                    Despite the fact that Team Pacquiao walked away from negotiations and were set to sign a contract to face Joshua Clottey, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer still held out hope that a bout with Mayweather could be made, suggesting that Pacquiao himself was never made aware that Mayweather was willing to agree to a 14-day cut-off date. "There are reports [on the Internet] that Manny is not aware of this and we want to make certain that he knows what Floyd has agreed to do," Schaefer said. Evidently, on December 30, Golden Boy executive Bruce Binkow offered a 14-day cut-off via text message to Top Rank president Todd duBoef, who simply replied on the following day, "14 is no good." Pacquiao's advisor Michael Koncz confirmed that promoter Bob Arum contacted him with the offer, but Pacquiao himself turned it down. "Bob called and told us about the 14 days and I brought that to Manny and he said, 'I told you, we're not agreeing to that,' and that was pretty much it," Koncz said. Bob Arum would also confirm that notion, stating, "That offer was rejected a long time ago. It was off the table. They are just trying to get under Manny's skin."


                    SOURCE 105
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                  JANUARY 18, 2010
                  • Team Mayweather declares random blood and urine tests with no cutoff dates for all future opponents.

                    Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe declared that random blood and urine testing will be implemented in all of Floyd Mayweather's future opponents, regardless of the opponent. "Whoever fights Floyd Mayweather in the future, that person will be subjected to random blood and urine testing. I don't care who he fights, that will be the case," said Ellerbe, who made it clear that any proposition for a cutoff date for testing was essentially off the table.


                    SOURCE 107
                  FEBRUARY 13, 2010
                  • Mayweather makes it crystal clear that his terms are full random drug testing all the way up to the fight.

                    "I gave him a chance, up to 14 days out. But my new terms are all the way up to the fight. They can come get us whenever, all the way up to the fight, random drug test. That's what it is," Mayweather stated in an exclusive interview with David Mayo of The Grand Rapids Press.


                    http://www.mlive.com/mayweather/inde...l_wonders.html
                  MARCH 13, 2010
                  • Pacquiao defeats Joshua Clottey via unanimous decision.

                    After moving forward from the failed negotiations, Manny Pacquiao successfully defended his WBO welterweight title against challenger Joshua Clottey.

                    SOURCE 109
                  MAY 1, 2010
                  • Mayweather defeats Shane Mosley via unanimous decision.

                    After moving forward from the failed negotiations, Floyd Mayweather successfully defeated WBA welterweight champion Shane Mosley.

                    SOURCE 110
                  MAY 2, 2010
                  • Mayweather repeats that all cut-off dates are off the table.

                    Shortly after his win over Shane Mosley, Mayweather would reiterate his stance that all future opponents, including Manny Pacquiao, would have to submit to the same type of random Olympic-style blood and urine drug testing that both he and Mosley undertook. "If Manny Pacquaio wants to fight, it is not hard to find me. We were going to make the fight a couple of months back but it didn't happen. I take my hat off to Mosley. He had problems in the past, but he's a warrior. He took the blood and urine tests. I just want everyone to be on an even playing field. If every athlete is clean in the sport of boxing, take the test. If Manny Pacquaio takes the blood and urine tests, we can fight. If he doesn't, we won't make the fight," Mayweather explained.

                    SOURCE 111
                  MAY 3, 2010
                  • Pacquiao allegedly agrees to a 14-day cutoff for random blood testing.

                    "I am willing to help the sport for the future of the sport. I do not want to see anyone cheat or cheat this sport. For that reason I am willing to consider taking blood as close as 14 days prior to the fight, as long as, my opponent does the same, and it is not a lot of blood, just enough to test," Pacquiao was quoted as saying in a statement first released by reporter Timothy James on the website mpboxing.com. The site mpboxing.com, as well as mp8.ph, is owned and operated by Timothy James and Manny Pacquiao has declared it to be his official website.

                    SOURCE 112
                    SOURCE 113
                  MAY 4, 2010
                  • Pacquiao "vehemently" denies agreeing to 14-day cutoff for random blood testing.

                    Shortly after news had spread regarding the statement released on his official website, Pacquiao vehemently denied claims that he had agreed to Mayweather's original compromise of a 14-day cutoff for random blood tests. Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz would allege that Pacquiao doesn't even know who Timothy James is, stating, "He never spoke to any reporter and never heard of the guy...never talked to anybody about boxing and his main concern is campaigning and winning the election on May 10. (Floyd) Mayweather is not even in our minds or in our thoughts." Koncz would then go on to quote Pacquiao as saying, "we'll fight Mayweather or any other fighter anytime, anyplace under the rules and regulations of the Commission of the state where the fight takes place."

                    SOURCE 114
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                  MAY 4, 2010
                  • Arum says quotes are false and Pacquiao is standing firm on 24-day cut-off.

                    Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum would tell Ronnie Nathanielsz of BoxingScene.com that the rumors about Pacquiao agreeing to a 14-day cut-off for random drug testing were "totally false" and that they were standing firm on their request for a 24-day cut-off period. "All I'm saying, right now we are holding to our position," Arum remarked.

                    SOURCE 116
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                  MAY 7, 2010
                  • Arum says both sides should remain silent if negotiations are to continue.

                    Speaking to Ronnie Nathanielsz of BoxingScene.com, Bob Arum suggest that both sides should remain silent and avoid speaking to the media about any terms if and/or when negotiations resume. "The more we go public, the more each side gets put into a corner and less likely the fight is to happen. That was a mistake that was made the last time, which was made by Mayweather and (Richard Schaefer) putting out a press release which blew up everything about the possibility that Manny was on performance enhancing drugs and that started everything. It went downhill and I don't want that to happen again," Arum explained.

                    SOURCE 118
                  MAY 10, 2010
                  • Roach suggests negotiations for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao will resume immediately.

                    Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach would tell The Associated Press that negotiations for a bout with Mayweather could begin as early as the next day [May 11], stating, "I think the fight will happen. It will probably be November, Maybe October. November's not a great pay-per-view month, but I think it will happen."

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                    SOURCE 122
                  MAY 10, 2010
                  • Ellerbe denies that negotiations will resume; wonders who Team Pacquiao plans on negotiating with.

                    "Ain't nobody thinking about Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum or Freddie Roach. Floyd isn't thinking about none of them, and there ain't no negotiations starting, period. Floyd is just coming off a great win. He's not thinking about any of them," Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe would comment when asked if negotiations would indeed resume as quickly as Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach had suggested. "Who are they negotiating with, themselves?"

                    SOURCE 123 (DOA) http://www.mlive.com/Mayweather/index.ssf/2010/05/
                  MAY 11, 2010
                  • Arum announces November 13 as date of Pacquiao's next fight.

                    One day after Manny Pacquiao won his election to the Philippine Congress, promoter Bob Arum announced November 13 as the date of his next fight. "I have reserved the date [November 13] and both the Dallas Cowboys Stadium and MGM Grand in Las Vegas are available. The cable systems and the satellite providers have put the date aside for us, so the table is set. Manny can get sworn in at the end of JUNE, then attend the sessions of congress in JULY and -- as long as he keeps in shape -- then he has plenty of time to train for the fight," Arum announced.

                    SOURCE 124-125 (DOA) http://www.mlive.com/Mayweather/index.ssf/2010/05/bob
                  MAY 12, 2010
                  • Koncz suggests that both sides should stick to a gag order assuming negotiations continue.

                    According to Manny Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz, both sides should refrain from speaking to the media about any terms and conditions in order to get a deal done. "That means everyone, including Freddie Roach and Bob Arum. Bob can be just as bad as Freddie on this. And I include myself as well. None of us, including the other team, should be discussing terms and conditions with the press, really. It doesn't help, it only hurts the situation. Let's work out a deal and keep the terms and conditions private business," Koncz would tell Michael Marley of Examiner.com. "That way, nobody's ego gets hurt and nobody is trying to gain the upper hand in the media or to make themselves look better than the other guys. We can't work this out in the press but we can do it privately, discretely and, I think, quickly."

                    SOURCE 126 (DOA) http://www.examiner.com/boxing-in-national/dr-no-michael...
                  MAY 13, 2010
                  • Arum hints that there is a "plan" to resume negotiations, but reiterates importance of gag order.

                    "I don't want to get into that, only to say that there is a plan. I don't want to get into what's happening but there are things happening on the ground," Arum replied when asked if he was going to engage in negotiations with Team Mayweather and when that might take place. "I would rather not comment on that. Just to say I have my Marching orders and it will be sooner rather than later." Arum would also reiterate how important it was to avoid discussing details of negotiations with the media. "Once you start negotiating through the media, it becomes ego driven. People can't wait to give a statement to the press. The flames just shoot up and there is no real opportunity for rational behavior to take over. Everyone is so interested is setting forth his position to the media that it becomes the contest. That involves me as well as everybody else," Arum added. "I am not going to discuss through the media. I understand you need to ask the question, but I am not going to answer because that starts the negotiation in the media."

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                  MAY 20, 2010
                  • Unbeknownst to his advisor, Pacquiao agrees to 14-day cutoff for random blood tests...for real this time.

                    "As long as they're not getting a large amount of blood, I am willing to give out blood as close to two weeks before the fight," Pacquiao was quoted as saying by the Manila Bulletin. His adviser, Michael Koncz, could not confirm nor deny the comments, however, stating, "I've seen that, but I don't have a comment on that because I'm in Puerto Rico, and I would need to get back to Manila to talk to Manny to see if that in fact was a statement he made or not...I'm flying back to Manila tomorrow, so I don't want to make a comment one way or another until I sit, face-to-face, with Manny."

                    SOURCE 129
                    SOURCE 130 (DOA) http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/258230/pacquiao-mellows...
                    SOURCE 131
                  MAY 26, 2010
                  • Rumors surface from members of Team Pacquiao that Mayweather is demanding more money.

                    Manny Pacquiao's lawyer, Franklin Jeng Gacal, as well as his business manager, Eric Peneda, reveal that they both received word that Floyd Mayweather is no longer willing to agree to a 50-50 split of the purse. "We just got word that it seems to be that way. But we will never agree to that," remarked Gacal, who said he had heard that Mayweather now wanted a bigger share due to the the success of his pay-per-view bout with Mosley, which resulted in 1.4 million buys compared to the 700,000 buys Pacquiao did his previous bout with Joshua Clottey. "It's the Cotto fight they should look at and not the Clottey fight. And it's pretty even, so we're sticking to the fifty-fifty percent split between Manny and Floyd if they ever fight," Gacal reiterated. Pineda would add, "Yes, we were told that Floyd now wants a bigger share. And if that's the case, we now feel that he really doesn't want to fight Manny because Floyd knows we will never agree on that."

                    SOURCE 132 (DOA) http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleid=578552
                  MAY 28, 2010
                  • Arum scolds Gacal and Pineda; says they know nothing about negotiations.

                    "I know Manny is just as angry as I am that these guys, who have nothing to do with any of these negotiations, keep shooting their mouths off and inflaming the situation. What are Eric Pineda and Jeng Gacal, who know nothing about what's happening, doing? Why are they shooting their mouths off," an angered Arum would tell Ronnie Nathanielsz of BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard when he first received word of the comments made by Gacal and Pineda regarding rumors that Mayweather was demanding a bigger purse. "They (statements) are more than irritating, because so much of this is ego and when you say that if he (Mayweather) says this Manny Pacquiao is not going to fight, that's not the way you negotiate."

                    SOURCE 133
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                  MAY 30, 2010
                  • Roach reveals he is completely out of the loop regarding negotiations.

                    "I don't know what's going on. I'm staying out of it. I just know Manny will be fighting someone in November. We hope the opponent is Mayweather. If not, we'll fight someone else and we'll be ready," Roach would tell Ruslan Chikov of Boxingscene.com when asked about the current status of negotiations.

                    SOURCE 135
                  JUNE 2, 2010
                  • Mayweather reveals that he'll be taking the rest of 2010, and possibly 2011, off.

                    On June 2nd, Mayweather was spending time with Armando Carral, an 18-year-old with Hodgkin's Disease whose wish to meet the undefeated fighter was granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. While conducting a video interview during the event, Mayweather nonchalantly broke the news that he was taking the rest of the year off. "At this particular time, Floyd Mayweather is taking probably a year off, a couple of years off, from the sport of boxing. I don't really know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather at this particular time, but, you know, I can probably take a couple of years off," he would explain to the reporter.

                    SOURCE 136
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                    SOURCE 138 (DOA) http://boxing.fighthype.com/2010/06/mayweather-wont-take...
                  JUNE 4, 2010
                  • Once again, Ellerbe denies any negotiations are taking place.

                    Nearly a month after the first time he commented on the subject, Leonard Ellerbe once again denied that negotiations were taking place. "Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather's adviser, denied Friday any talks between the two sides have taken place, and said Mayweather has no interest in discussing boxing, just five weeks after whipping Mosley," reported David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press.

                    SOURCE 139 (DOA) http://www.mlive.com/Mayweather/index.ssf/2010/06/nevada...
                  JUNE 6, 2010
                  • Arum chooses not to believe Floyd's comments about taking 2010 off; says a proper announcement should be made via press release.

                    Despite Floyd Mayweather's comments about taking the rest of the year off, Bob Arum says he chooses not to believe Floyd because the "proper way" to make such an announcement is via press release. "I'm used to Floyd saying a lot of things like that. Floyd says a lot of things and I choose to believe differently. Mayweather says a lot of things that he does not believe. It could have been just spur of the moment, him saying he was taking a year or two years off. I'm sure, if it is true, he will make that statement in the proper way which is to put out a press release," Arum would tell Michael Marley of Examiner.com. He would also repeat those comments to the ABS-CBN North America News Bureau, stating, "I'm saying, that's Floyd being Floyd. Until there's an official release saying that, I choose to believe differently."

                    SOURCE 140 (DOA) http://www.examiner.com/boxing-in-national/Mayweather-pacquiao...
                    SOURCE 141
                  JUNE 10, 2010
                  • De La Hoya hints that contracts for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao are close to being finalized.

                    Hours before Game 4 of the 2010 NBA Finals, Oscar De La Hoya suggests that negotiations for a mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are close to being finalized. Speaking to Spanish sport show República Deportiva via satellite in front of the STAPLES Centers, De La Hoya briefly talked about the current status of negotiations and, with a grin on his face, hinted that the two sides were extremely close to making the biggest fight in boxing a reality. "These negotiations have been real difficult for various reasons, but we're really close to finalizing the contracts, even though they've been complicated," he commented. "Today, I can't really talk about the negotations, but we're really close."

                    SOURCE 142
                    SOURCE 143 (DOA) http://univision.com/content/videopl...ml?cid=2427874
                  JUNE 17, 2010
                  • Schaefer refutes comments made by De La Hoya; says he was misquoted.

                    "I spoke to Oscar yesterday [Tuesday] and I wanted to know where that came from and he said that he was misquoted," stated Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who suggested that Oscar De La Hoya was misquoted when he was asked about the current status of negotiations for a mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. "I saw those quotes as well, and I had no idea what Oscar was talking about. And I called him up and asked him about them and he said that he was misquoted," Schaefer explained to Lem Satterfield of AOL FanHouse.

                    SOURCE 144
                    SOURCE 145 (DOA) http://www.aolnews.com/2010/06/17/promoter-osca-de-la-hoya...
                  JUNE 18, 2010
                  • Rumors surface again that Mayweather is demanding a bigger purse; Arum refuses to acknowledge that any conversations are taking place.

                    According to a report by Ronnie Nathanielsz of BoxingScene.com/InsideSports.ph, three different offers were allegedly sent to Team Mayweather, but talks were stalled when Mayweather supposedly demanded a bigger share of the purse. It's unclear, however, as to exactly when these three offers were sent as Bob Arum refused to answer any questions. "I still can't talk," Arum would explain. "I can't even say that conversations are going on."

                    SOURCE 146
                    SOURCE 147
                  JUNE 22, 2010
                  • Mayweather Sr. says he's unaware of any negotiations taking place.

                    "As far as I know right now, there isn't any that I know of," Floyd Mayweather Sr. would reveal when asked by an Examiner.com podcaster about the current status of negotiations. "I haven't heard anything about nothing going on, man. If it is, it done got past me," he added.

                    SOURCE 148 (DOA) http://www.fighthype.com/media/audio/interviews/BigFloydNo...
                  JUNE 23, 2010JUNE 24, 2010
                  • Rumors surface that Margarito has already been promised a bout with Pacquiao.

                    Sources reveal that despite rumors that Miguel Cotto may be in line for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao if a bout with Floyd Mayweather isn't made, Antonio Margarito was already been promised by his promoter, Bob Arum, that he's next in line for a shot at Pacquiao. Although this wasn't the first time that Margarito's name was mentioned as a potential opponent for Pacquiao, it is the first sign that Bob Arum already had a definitive opponent lined up for Pacquiao's November 13th date.

                    SOURCE 151
                  JUNE 28, 2010
                  • Arum reiterates that a resolution would be coming soon regarding mega-fight.

                    Speaking to Lem Satterfield of AOL FanHouse, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum reiteraed that a resolution regarding the mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather would be coming very soon. "I think that one way or another, we're approaching the time of resolution. One way or another," said Arum. "I can tell you that I don't think that this is going to be strung out for too much longer. I think that this is going to be resolved in the near term," said Arum. "I can't say whether it's going to be a week or two weeks, but it will be resolved one way or the other."

                    SOURCE 152 (DOA) http://www.aolnews.com/2010/06/28/promoter-floyd-Mayweather...
                    SOURCE 153 (DOA) http://www.mlive.com/Mayweather/index.ssf/2010/06/bob_arum...
                  JUNE 29, 2010
                  • Roach suggests that Pacquiao is ready to agree to Mayweather's request of random blood and urine tests.

                    In an interview with The Toronto Star, Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach suggested that he believed a fight with Floyd Mayweather was going to take place because Pacquiao was ready to "call his bluff" and agree to random blood and urine tests leading all the way up until the fight. "At this point I feel that Manny is going to agree to everything. That's our bluff. We're going to call his bluff. We'll see...I can't speak for Manny, I can't speak for (Bob) Arum, but I feel the fight will happen because Manny is going to call his bluff and say 'let's do it'," Roach commented. "Manny's now a congressman. He's going to agree with everything Mayweather wants," Roach said. "That's why I think the fight will happen."

                    SOURCE 154
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                  JUNE 29, 2010
                  • Koncz disagrees with Roach's comments.

                    Speaking to the Manila Bulletin, Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz clarifies, "the only guys involved in the talks are Manny, (promoter) Bob Arum, and myself," and contrary to Roach's belief, "they will not be held hostage by Mayweather."

                    SOURCE 156 (DOA/RD) http://www.mb.com.ph/node/264553/pacquiao-
                  JUNE 30, 2010
                  • Arum lifts his own gag order; declares there are no longer any issues and the decision is up to Mayweather.

                    Deciding to lift his own gag order, Bob Arum speaks to a number of different media outlets and declares that there are no longer any "issues" standing in the way, suggesting that both sides have come to an agreement on all terms, and the decision now rests with Mayweather as to whether or not he wants to fight this year. "That's all been resolved," Arum stated to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports regarding the dispute over random blood and urine drug testing. "It may be that Floyd wants to fight in May [2011], in which case [Pacquiao will] fight [another opponent] in November and fight him in May. I am not going to talk about the specifics of the negotiations. You have my statement that there are no real issues that I can see, except whether he wants to fight now or later or not at all." Arum would also tell the Las Vegas Review Journal,"There's no longer any issues...The question is whether Mayweather is willing to fight this year." He would reiterate that comment to the Manila Bulletin, stating, "It's now up to Mayweather if he wants to fight."

                    SOURCE 157
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                  JUNE 30, 2010
                  • Schaefer has no comment on any of the latest news revealed by Arum.

                    Despite the fact that Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum has decided to speak to the media regarding the status of the mega-fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer still refuses to answer any questions regarding the fight. "I really can't say anything. I won't comment in any way, shape or form. You know this and anybody who has called me knows this: The only two words I'm going to say when I'm asked about this are 'No comment.' That's my comment. No comment," Schaefer would tell Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports when asked for a comment regarding the latest news from Bob Arum.

                    SOURCE 160
                  JUNE 30, 2010
                  • Arum says Mayweather has until mid-July to make a decision.

                    Continuing to speak to a number of different media outlets, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum hints that although there is no official deadline, Mayweather has until some time in mid-July to make a decision. "There's no actual date of a deadline, but it's sometime in the middle of July. If we haven't gotten this thing locked up and done then we're going ahead and taking another opponent. We're not just going to sit there and blow our chances for a fight in November," Arum explained to Rick Reeno of BoxingScene.com. He repeated that comment to Chris Mannix of SI.com, stating, "This really depends, as I see it, on whether Mayweather wants to fight [Pacquiao]. By mid-July, he's either in or out. We're not going to wait forever. We're going to have a fight on Nov. 13 and we would love it to be Mayweather."

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                  JUNE 30, 2010
                  • Michael Koncz says Mayweather has two weeks to decide; refuses to discuss any details of terms.

                    "Whether it's July 13, or, July 15, it doesn't matter, but it's two weeks," stated Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz, who reiterated to Lem Satterfield of AOL FanHouse that there were no longer any issues with any of the terms, but refused to discuss any of the specific details. "I refuse to comment on the specifics and I'm not going to discuss any terms of the agreement that we want signed. And my recommendation to Manny and to Bob Arum is that once the agreement is signed, that the terms of the agreement remain confidential also," he added. Koncz also told Satterfield that himself, Bob Arum and Pacquiao were involved on their side of the negotiations. Satterfield would also reveal that he has knowledge that Floyd Mayweather, Leonard Ellerbe, Al Haymon, and HBO's Ross Greenburg were involved as well.

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                  JULY 6, 2010
                  • Arum hints that Pacquiao has only agreed to the 14-day cut-off.

                    "We don't care who's doing the test. They stopped taking blood 18 days before [Mayweather-Mosley], so that shows they can do it and be fine," promoter Bob Arum would tell Lance Pugmire of the L.A. Times, hinting that Pacquiao's agreement to a 14-day cut-off should be sufficient for Mayweather considering that USADA took no additional tests 18 days prior to his bout with Mosley. As far as the random blood and urine tests are concerned, it's still unclear as to whether or not Pacquiao agreed to any terms other than a 14-day cut-off, but Arum continues to talk as if he hasn't. "If there's information that emerges in the final 14 days, we can go to the [state boxing] commission and ask for more tests. We can work it out. No one's looking to pull any fast ones," Arum added.

                    SOURCE 164
                  JULY 7, 2010
                  • Arum suggests that Floyd may not want to fight due to his uncle's legal issues.

                    "I'm just saying that I would think that a lot of the problem is Roger's status. I don't know for sure, and nobody's told me this, but I would believe that he's concerned about Roger's availability and what Roger's status would be," promoter Bob Arum would tell Lem Satterfield of AOL FanHouse, suggesting that Floyd Mayweather May be hesitant to agree to fight later this year due to the fact that his uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, was scheduled to go to court in August. "I know that Manny would have a problem fighting if [trainer] Freddie Roach were not available, so we're just waiting to see," Arum added. "That would be up to Floyd whether he wants to do the fight this year or next year."

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                  JULY 9, 2010
                  • Koncz has private meeting with Cotto to discuss a potential rematch with Pacquiao.

                    According to Ronnie Nathanielsz of BoxingScene.com/InsideSports.ph, Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz had a "very positive meeting" with Miguel Cotto to discuss a possible rematch with Manny Pacquiao. Evidently, Koncz said a "private meeting" with Cotto and his right-hand man Bryan Perez was "very positive" and the Puerto Rican star, who had recently moved up and captured a title at jr. middleweight, was open for to the idea of a rematch below the 154-pound weight limit.

                    SOURCE 166
                  JULY 13, 2010
                  • Arum gives Mayweather a Friday midnight deadline; expects courtesy of a response, but prepared to move on to Margarito or Cotto.

                    "We're ready to go on with the Mayweather fight, but we have to make contingency plans just in case and I don't really want to talk about that too much. But Mayweather has until the end of the week. He could wait until the last minute. If it's Friday and it's 11 p.m., and he says we have a deal, we have a deal," Arum would explain to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. "We're waiting on Floyd. He might not want to fight again this year. If he wants to say, 'See you next year,' there's always next year. But I don't think we can't wait much longer for him to make up his mind because if we do the fight we want to make it as big as we can make it, and that takes time. I think Floyd will give us the courtesy of a response one way or the other. What that response will be, I really don't know."

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                  JULY 13, 2010
                  • Koncz says Pacquiao is prepared to move on to Margarito or Cotto if Mayweather doesn't respond by deadline.

                    "We don't know what Mayweather is going to do. Last week, I had dinner with Cotto in Puerto Rico to see where he stands and he's willing and able to do a rematch with Manny. Bob and I have spoken about both fights, Cotto and Margarito. Manny asked me to get proposals from Bob on both fights, so that's what I am doing," Koncz would also reveal to ESPN.com. "We haven't heard back from Floyd yet and if we don't in the next few days, we will enter into a deal with one of the other fighters. Bob and I have spoken about both Cotto and Margarito. We will have a done deal and a signed contract for a fight by the end of this month, whoever it's against -- Mayweather, Cotto or Margarito."

                    SOURCE 169
                  NOVEMBER 2, 2011
                  • Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer reveal that Floyd Mayweather's next fight will take place on May 5, 2012 at the MGM Grand and they're hoping it's against Manny Pacquiao.

                    "Team Mayweather is looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is. It's very pleasing to know that Manny Pacquiao has agreed to be subjected to the USADA random blood and urine tests," Mayweater Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe would first tell FightHype.com. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer would echo those comments, telling ESPN's Dan Rafael, ""I'm very excited that the sport's biggest pay-per-view star is going to be back on May 5. We have informed the pay-per-view industry and I have the arena on hold. I'm excited to continue my relationship with Floyd and his team. It's always fun to work with Floyd."

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                  NOVEMBER 3, 2011
                  • Promoter Bob Arum and advisor Michael Koncz express anger and outrage that Mayweather selected the date and venue of his next fight.

                    "They've already said that it's May 5. They already said that it's at the MGM. How dare them? I'm really outraged that they made the announcement now right before Manny's fight, and we'll remember that," barked Arum. "And who are they to say what date that the fight would be held? What kind of of negotiation is that? So, if the MGM gave them May 5, then, Manny may fight somebody else in April in Texas or in the Thomas and Mack. This is not the way to make a deal." Michael Koncz would reiterate Arum's comments, adding that no negotiations have begun and suggesting the announcement was just an attempt to steal the attention from Pacquiao prior to his bout with Marquez. "They're just making an announcement to steal the thunder from Manny Pacquiao's show that's coming up, and there's going to be another opponent. There's been no discussion. So as Arum said, how can he choose a venue and also choose a date," Koncz argued. "As far as I'm aware, nobody from Mayweather's camp has contacted Manny directly or myself, or anybody else in position to discuss the fight."

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                  NOVEMBER 3, 2011
                  • Leonard Ellerbe makes it clear that any future business that needs to be discussed regarding the fight will be with Manny Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum.

                    "Manny Pacquiao has one promoter, and one promoter only, and everyone knows who that is, and his name is not Michael Koncz. Any business that has to be discussed surely wouldn't be with Michael Koncz," Ellerbe explained, dismissing the Koncz's notion that either he or Pacquiao would be contacted directly.

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                  NOVEMBER 4, 2011
                  • Bob Arum laughes at Leonard Ellerbe's announcement regarding Mayweather's return and makes it clear that if they're serious about negotiating, either he or Top Rank President Todd duBoef will be contacted.

                    "The way they are going about it seems like a bizarre way to go about it. If you want to put it together, you meet, you talk...I don't take what they said seriously. I think it's Floyd's way of trying to grab a little bit of the spotlight away from Manny. I'm not going to get upset. I take it with a grain of salt," Arum would explain to ESPN's Dan Rafael. "When they want to do some serious negotiating somebody will call me or Todd [duBoef] and we will sit down and talk," he added. "For me it's sort of funny, amusing. It's noise and it probably helps my Pacquiao-Marquez event. I'm happy with it. It's out there. But it's a joke...When do the games stop and serious negotiations begin? This latest stunt is a game. It really is hilarious if they think this is how you negotiate...Why would they do this -- lay out a venue, a date already? What was that about? Let's wait until Nov. 14 and see where it goes, but this kind of stuff is counterproductive."

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                  NOVEMBER 6, 2011
                  • Bob Arum claims Floyd Mayweather is fighting Erik Morales on May 5 and says Manny's next opponent is not "a Spanish guy".

                    "You know who the little fellow that they already approached? It's Erik Morales, and Erik will confirm it absolutely. Erik has been approached to make the fight. He'll take it for the money. I'm sure he'll take it for the money. Why wouldn't he," Arum quipped. "I don't know who's gonna buy it (Mayweather vs Morales). But that's the whole nonsense is all about...They bull****ted the MGM to get the date, to get May 5. So they cut us out of getting May 5. But we don't need May 5 because we're not fighting a Spanish guy next. But they want May 5 because they're fighting Morales."

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                  NOVEMBER 13, 2011
                  • Immediately following Manny Pacquiao's narrow victory over Juan Manuel Marquez, Bob Arum suggests a fourth fight between the two should take place in May.

                    "I do fights in Mexico. There are a lot of angry Mexicans out there. I want a fourth fight. I want to be safe when I go to Mexico," Arum would comments at the post-fight press conference. "My advice to all of the parties involved is for an immediate rematch. It was a great fight." Arum also suggested the fight should take place in May, telling Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, ""It was a great, great fight. I had Manny, but it was close, so why not bring them together again in May? It makes a lot of sense to do that."

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                  NOVEMBER 13, 2011
                  • Floyd Mayweather confirms his return on May 5th.

                    "May 5th is still the date that we believe we're going to fight on," Mayweather tell FightHype.com. "You know, I just want to stay active and stay busy because the fans said they want me to stay active and stay busy...When you heard that from Leonard Ellerbe, it's not wrong by saying that May 5th is the date that we chose."

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                  NOVEMBER 13, 2011
                  • Trainer Freddie Roach suggests a fourth fight with Marquez should take place before the Mayweather fight.

                    "He has given us problems three times. I think he deserves a rematch first," Roach explained. "It's a fight I don't want to do again, but I think we have to...This is a much more exciting fight than Mayweather."

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                  NOVEMBER 14, 2011
                  • Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer reveals that they contacted Bob Arum to begin negotiations, but Arum turned them down because he plans on pursuing a fourth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez.

                    "We have been informed that Bob Arum is not interested in pursuing a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao at this time...The truth of the matter is that we received this afternoon an email from retired federal judge Daniel Weinstein, who has informed us that Top Rank is pursuing a rematch with Marquez and, therefore, is not interested in immediate talks for a possible Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. This is obviously as clear as it can be that they have no intentions of making a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight," Schaefer explained. "Judge Weinstein is respected by both parties and mediated issues between Top Rank and Golden Boy before, so the plan was to see if he could help facilitate such a fight. Floyd's team really wanted to get this fight done. If you just sit down with Arum, he can at any time have one of his fits, one of his '**** you' attacks, and the likelihood that he would have a '**** you' attack in front of a retired judge seemed less likely than if Arum and me would be alone in a room."

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                  NOVEMBER 14, 2011
                  • Bob Arum says Manny Pacquiao is interested in a fourth fight with Marquez and a fight with Mayweather can always take place later in 2012.

                    "That fight [Mayweather] can still be there for us in November [2012]," Bob Arum would tell Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times, suggesting Pacquiao agreed that the third fight with Marquez "did not have the finish he wanted."

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                  NOVEMBER 14, 2011
                  • Bob Arum clarifies that although he is pursuing a fourth fight with Marquez, he hasn't made a definite decision.

                    "We are pursuing a fourth fight with Marquez. As far as doing anything definitively, we aren't ready to do anything definitively. When we are ready to make a determination of what we are going to do, we will do it. We are not going to do this in the press. We will do what is in the best interest of ourselves and our client and make a decision when it's time to. If we decide we want to do a rematch with Marquez, there is no reason to sit down with Mayweather. If we want to explore a Mayweather fight, we will sit down with them. But I'm not going to sit down with them just because it's a good show," Arum explained. "Everybody is jumping to conclusions. Schaefer put out some statement that we said that we weren't going to pursue a meeting with Mayweather because we've decided on a fourth fight, but we haven't said anything like that. What I've said is that we're going to make a decision when the time comes to make a decision."

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                  NOVEMBER 15, 2011
                  • Michael Koncz reveals that no decision about Manny Pacquiao's next opponent will be made until after the Christmas holidays.

                    "As to whom our next opponent is or whether Marquez IV, we are going to take a few days and relax. Let Manny enjoy his family and then we will sit down and talk. There is no rush. We usually don't make a decision as to our next fight, when we fight in November, until after the Christmas holiday," Koncz would tell Keith Terceira of MP8.ph, Manny Pacquiao's official website, just last week. He would echo those exact same comments to Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com. "There's no need to rush into anything. We're not going to rush judgement about who we're going to fight or when we're going to fight. After the holiday season, we'll get with Bob Arum and discuss options. The facts of the matter are that Manny Pacquiao just went through a very difficult fight. As always, we'll take a couple of weeks just to relax. Manny will enjoy his family," Koncz explained. "We haven't even discussed anything with our promoter, Bob Arum, nor will we intend to discuss with our promoter, Bob Arum, anything about any fights probably until after the Christmas holiday. If anybody is inclined to come to us with a reasonable offer to fight, they can reach out to myself or to Bob Arum, but Manny is going to take some time off that he rightfully deservers. It's that simple. Period."

                    SOURCE 192
                  NOVEMBER 16, 2011
                  • Freddie Roach changes his mind and declares that a fight with Mayweather is his number one choice.

                    "For me, Mayweather is the number one choice to fight next. I'm trying to get hold of Manny, to get his feelings on it. If the choice is $30 million to fight Marquez or Mayweather for $100 million in the biggest fight of all time, I'm sure he'd go for Mayweather. But I haven't had the chance to talk to him," Roach commented.

                    SOURCE 193
                  NOVEMBER 17, 2011
                  • Strength & Conditioning Coach Alex Ariza reveals that Manny Pacquiao told both he and Freddie Roach that he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather next.

                    "I mean, he's told that to me himself that he wants the Mayweather fight. He told that to Freddie; he wants the Mayweather fight. I know Manny would like to fight Mayweather," Ariza would tell FightHype.

                    SOURCE 194
                  NOVEMBER 20, 2011
                  • Koncz reiterates that no disucssions with Manny Pacquiao about his next opponent will take place until after the holidays.

                    "Honestly, there's been no discussions with Manny about boxing and we don't plan to discuss the opponent [in 2012] until after the holidays," said Koncz.

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                  NOVEMBER 22, 2011
                  • Sources reveal that Michael Koncz is traveling to Las Vegas to have a convesation with Bob Arum regarding the fight with Floyd Mayweather.

                    "He's meeting with Bob [Arum] to make the Mayweather fight," one source revealed to us. "They've got the investors. The money is there. It's what Manny wants. It's just a matter of whether or not Bob is willing to make it happen," yet another source added.

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                  NOVEMBER 24, 2011
                  • Manny Pacquiao holds a press conference to declare that negotiations are taking place with Floyd Mayweather.

                    Shortly after returning home to General Santos City, Philippines, Pacquiao held a press confress to inform those in attendance that negotiations for a fight with Mayweather are currently taking place. "Negotiations are ongoing for my fight with Mayweather, but nothing is final," he would comment. "Mayweather may be thinking, I can fight Pacquiao now because he had trouble against Marquez, and I was able to beat up Marquez."

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                  NOVEMBER 24, 2011
                  • Alex Ariza blames Bob Arum for interfering and standing in the way of a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

                    "It's not about what's best for the fighter. It's clear as to why the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight has never happened. It's always about what's best for Bob and his agenda...Let me ask you something, why is it that Bob can do a co-promotion with everybody else out there? He can do a co-promotion with anyone, DiBella, this guy, that guy, but he won't do a co-promotion when it comes to Manny Pacquiao fighting somebody. Whoever Manny fights, he has to fight in-house. Why is that do you think? I wonder why," a heated Ariza would comment. "I know that Michael Koncz says that he's having a meeting with Bob to negotiate the Mayweather fight. They're having a meeting on how to make sure that this fight doesn't happen. That's what their meeting is about...We still are sticking firm. I think that's the fight that everybody wants to see. Here's the thing, Dana White is 100% absolutely correct. Bob Arum is a greedy pig. Now I see...Arum hates Floyd Mayweather, can't stand him, doesn't want to see him make a dollar, can't stand Golden Boy, doesn't want to do business with them, but instead of doing what's best for the sport, what's best for the fans, and what's best for the fighters because they'll get the payday of a lifetime, no, it's all about him...Unless you can tell me and convince me otherwise, because I'm thoroughly convinced and believe that Floyd really does want to have this fight. I think he really wants to have this fight. As far as he knows, he's right. He's right. Bob is the one interfering."

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                  NOVEMBER 25, 2011
                  • Richard Schaefer reiterates that no negotiations are taking place and the only person who can negotiate on Manny Pacquiao's behalf is Bob Arum.

                    "The only person who can negotiate is [Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob] Arum. Certain members of Team Pacquiao are trying to go around Bob Arum and have reached out to our side. We will not engage in this and support it. From what we are concerned, Manny Pacquiao has a boss, and his name is Bob Arum," Schaefer explained. "Bob made it clear through [retired judge and mediator] Dan Weinstein that he wants to get a Marquez versus Pacquiao fight done and has no interest at this point to sit down and get a Mayweather fight done. As I said before, Floyd is the no. 1 pay per view draw, the no. 1 box office draw and the no. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. As such, we have zero interest in waiting to see if Bob can get a Marquez fight done, and if not, we are second choice."

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                  NOVEMBER 25, 2011
                  • Bob Arum says although "things" are happening, there's nothing "solid" taking place as far a negotiations are concerned.

                    "Pacquiao's not necessarily wrong, but it's not right either," said Arum. "Things are happening, but so far, nothing solid."

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                  NOVEMBER 27, 2011
                  • Floyd Mayweather once again confirms that he's fighting on May 5th and hopes it's against Manny Pacquiao, but he's still waiting for negotiations to begin.

                    "I been told the boy May 5th is open. I told him May 5th is open...Now you know me, to all the FightHype fans and all the fans, May 5th is the date. Sign the contract! Sign the contract! I'm waiting. Now I can't be sitting waiting all day, now. You want a fight, let's make it happen. May 5th! Now this is FightHype coming to you live. This is exclusive. May 5th, let's make the fight. I'm here. I'm waiting. What's going on? You said you a clean athelete and you said you would take the tests and all that. Well let's do it," stated Floyd Mayweather in an exclusive FightHype video interview that took place early in the morning on November 27, making it crystal clear that May 5th is the date of his next fight, and if Manny Pacquiao is ready, he's still waiting for him and his team to begin negotiations and finalize a contract.

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                  NOVEMBER 27, 2011NOVEMBER 27, 2011
                  • Leonard Ellerbe explains no business was discussed during Michael Koncz's visit to Mayweather gym and reiterates that Bob Arum is the only person authorized to negotiate a fight for Manny Pacquiao.

                    "He was in a group of people that came by the gym and was greeted by Floyd, who is friendly with everybody that comes by the gym. Floyd doesn't know Michael Koncz from a high school basketball player from Biloxi, Mississippi," Ellerbe explained. "I don't know why he came by the gym other than the fact that a lot of people like to come by the gym and meet Floyd...To the best of my knowledge Bob Arum is Manny Pacquiao's promoter and Bob Arum is the only authorized to negotiation on behalf of Pacquiao. Floyd is his own boss. Bob Arum is Manny's boss in terms of business."

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                  NOVEMBER 27, 2011
                  • Bob Arum reveals that he's fielding proposals from mutliple investment groups looking to stage the mega-fight; suggests Floyd Mayweather is going to negotiate the fight solo without the help of Golden Boy Promotions.

                    "Yes. There's more than two groups. We've been fielding proposals and we're talking to people. I'm sure that Floyd's doing the same," Arum would tell Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com. "Mayweather is going solo," he added. "We've been talking to various investor groups. It's a lot of money and we want to make the best deal possible. People are talking about putting huge amounts of money to get involved in the fight and that's what we're exploring now."

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                  NOVEMBER 28, 2011
                  • Richard Schaefer says Bob Arum is a lying snake; reiterates that no negotiations are taking place and offers evidence to prove that Bob Arum informed them that he is not interested in negotiating a fight with Mayweather.

                    "The boxing fans are really sick and tired about the lies of Bob Arum. The fact is that yesterday he was lying, today he's lying, and tomorrow, he will still be lying. Once a liar, always a liar. Now, he comes again with these bull**** stories about negotiatiations and meetings taking place. Who the heck is he fooling...Who is he trying to fool? The public, the fight fans, the fighters, the networks? Everybody is sick and tired of that lying snake. Everybody is sick and tired. Arum does not want to make the Pacquiao fight, so stop believing everything this guy says," Schaefer explained. "We were informed by a retired federal judge that Arum is not interested at this time in pursuing a fight with Mayweather. Arum went on the record to say that neither he nor anyone else from Top Rank had ever talked to the judge, so is he saying that the retired federal judge is lying? I have an e-mail that will confirm it, and, with Bob's approval, I will be happy to make it available to the media."

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                  NOVEMBER 28, 2011
                  • Richard Schaefer accuses Bob Arum of secretly negotiating a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.

                    "Let's be clear as to what is going on here. He wants to use Floyd as leverage to get a better deal for Marquez. You read the stories that Marquez wants $20 million, and for the fight not to take place in Las Vegas. Well, by creating stories that negotiations with Floyd are ongoing, he wants to see how fast Marquez will come to the table and be much more reasonable. That's what is going on here," said Schaefer.

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                  NOVEMBER 29, 2011
                  • Bob Arum reiterates that he's talking to multiple investors, but declines naming them; says Richard Schaefer is in the dark because they're not involved and hint that a different date will be needed due to a cut that Manny Pacquiao is healing from.

                    "That's why we have (Pacquiao agent Michael) Koncz carrying the ball on this right now. That is why he went to the Mayweather gym and met and spoke to Floyd. Michael was invited there by one of the three groups," Arum commented. "Everything is subject to negotiation and I will take the offers to Manny and, if Manny agrees then we can go to Floyd...One group from New York approached me initially and I think the other two made their approach to Koncz." He continued, "It's understandable because Richard is on the outside looking in," Arum said. "Who knows and who cares what Richard says? They have no contract with Floyd, that's fact. Just like Manny, aside from our contract with him, can choose who he wants representing him so can Floyd do the same thing. We don't tell Floyd or Manny who they can have working for them." Arum would also add, "Manny needs time for that eye cut (from the Nov. 12 Marquez III bout) to heal properly."

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                  NOVEMBER 30, 2011
                  • Manny Pacquiao claims negotiations with Floyd Mayweather are almost done.

                    "We are ready. If it pushes through, once he signs the contract then I'll sign the contract," Pacquiao would tell ABS-CBN news. "Only the little things are being worked out and negotiations are almost done."

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                  NOVEMBER 30, 2011
                  • Oscar De La Hoya takes to Twitter and accuses Bob Arum of lying about negotiations.

                    "Bob Arum, please please stop lying to the public. Sit down with my CEO Richard (Schaefer) and make the big fight happen. Before Manny asks questions," De La Hoya posted on his official Twitter page. "Hahaha Bob Arum is saying there are a bunch of investors he's talking to try and make PAC vs mayweather. I can't stop laughing."

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                  DECEMBER 1, 2011
                  • FightHype.com is contacted by Carl Harris, Owner and CEO of Big InterSports Group, one of the investors that Bob Arum is meeting with; reveals Top Rank was initially contacted with $150 million offer in April.

                    FightHype's own Ben Thompson receives a text message from Carl Harris, Owner and CEO of Big InterSports Group, an investment group based in California who approached him earlier in the year expressing their interest in the mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. The text message read, "Dude you ****ed up by dissing me. Watch the news. Just to let you know I am in new york in bob arums suite. You do the math." Shortly after receiving the text message, FightHype released details about the background of Carl Harris and the offer that his investment group presented to Top Rank Promotions nearly 8 months prior to getting his meeting with Arum. "I put the offer together and I have a group of investors from Los Angeles as far as China backing me on my position on this fight. That's why I'm able to put together $150 million for this fight and convince them to allow me to pay $25 milllion up front and show our seriousness on the fight. A lot of people are saying, "Who are these people?" Okay, that's irrelevant. What's relevant is here's $25 million Pacquiao, here's $25 million Mayweather, and that's just to put your name on the contract. That's why the there's the $25 million up front, so we can be taken seriously and let people know we're dead serious," Harris first explained in an interview conducted in June. "I sent them the offer a week before the fight, his last fight [vs. Shane Mosley], so it was around the end of April. May 1st, somewhere around there."

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                  DECEMBER 2, 2011
                  • Bob Arum decides to reveal the name and details of another investement group, Falcon Hawk Entertainment, the same group that visited Floyd Mayweather at his gym accompanied by Michael Koncz.

                    Speaking to Michael Marley of Examiner.com, Bob Arum revealed that he had conversations with investors from Falcoln Hawk Entertainment, a group that includes music promoter Donny Rucker and 83-year-old Joseph Jackson [of Jackson 5 fame], who both accompanied Michael Koncz on his visit to Floyd Mayweather's gym. Rucker, who also spoke to Marley, described details of their visit with Mayweather. "Floyd was very friendly to Koncz, he showed him some Southern hospitality in that meeting. They spoke while Floyd was wearing his trunks and gloves but he was extremely friendly to Koncz and a guy named Cesar, a Filipino guy who came to the gym with Koncz," Rucker explained. "Was Joe Jackson at the meeting? Yes, he was, he absolutely was there. I think Koncz was very amazed at how nice Floyd was to him that day...I've got a call in to Al Haymon now and I am waiting to hear back from him. We're ready with money for both fighters. We're giving money to Floyd first and then to Manny." According to Marley, Rucker also revealed that they were targeting a later date, Memorial Day weekend, and multiple locations, including Las Vegas, Miami, and Dallas, for the bout.

                    SOURCE 223
                  DECEMBER 2, 2011
                  • Falcon Hawk Entertainment sends out a press release claiming a breakthrough on "Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight".

                    Shortly after their identity went public, Falcon Hawk Entertainment sends a press release out to, initially, just two people, Michael Marley and FightHype's own Ben Thompson, providing more details of their visit with Mayweather and claiming "the gym meeting was a confirmation by both camps to move forward with negotiations after Falcon Hawk Entertainment assured through its investors to work along side with Bob Arum's Top Rank and Mayweather Promotions to bring the successful Welterweight Fight of the Century." The press release, which appeared to be rushed as it was full of grammatical errors, also claimed that Shantel Jackson, the finacee of Mayweather, was the niece of Joseph Jackson.

                    SOURCE 224*
                    SOURCE 225 (DOA) http://www.fighthype.com/media/docs/FalconHawkPR.doc
                    SOURCE 226 (DOA) http://www.examiner.com/boxing-in-national/falcon-hawk
                    SOURCE 227 (DOA) http://www.examiner.com/boxing-in-national/papa-joe-jackson
                  DECEMBER 3, 2011
                  • Floyd Mayweather says lies are being told; denies negotiations are taking place.

                    In a phone conversation, Mayweather states that "absolutely no negotiations are taking place" and makes it clear that any negotiation that does take place will involve his adviser, Al Haymon, as well as Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe. Mayweather also said that whatever is being put out to the media regarding himself is a lie and that he's convinced that Bob Arum does not want to make the fight because there's no need to talk to investors for a fight that does not need any. Mayweather would further discuss details of Koncz's visit to the gym, explaining that his uncles, Jeff and Roger Mayweather, were simply being used by individuals who were looking to get close to him in hopes of pushing their own agenda. Just as Ellerbe explained, Mayweather said he was simply shaking out at the gym when his Uncle Jeff asked him if some guy could in. Not wanting to be rude, Mayweather obliged, thinking that it was simply a fan wanting to take a picture. At which point, Koncz walked in, introduced himself, and immediately began talking about making a fight. Having absolutely no idea who he was, it was the fist time that Mayweather had ever heard the name Michael Koncz, so he politely let him finish his pitch before informing him that there was absolutely nothing to talk about until his defamation lawsuit is cleared up. Mayweather would also dispute the claim that his fiancee, Shantel Jackson, was the niece of Joe Jackson, stating, "Miss Jackson is no kin to Joe Jackson, does not know Joe Jackson, and does not get involved in my boxing business."

                    SOURCE 228*
                  DECEMBER 3, 2011
                  • Source reveals that Donny Rucker and Falcon Hawk Entertainment had already pitched an offer and were turned down twice before.

                    Shortly after getting off the phone with Mayweather, FightHype.com was told by a source that this is not the first time that Donny Rucker had tried to pitch an offer for the fight. On two previous occassions, he had already been turned down.

                    SOURCE 229*
                  DECEMBER 4, 2011
                  • Bob Arum again suggests that the May 5 date may be too soon for Pacquiao.

                    According to Bob Arum, the cut that Manny Pacquiao sustained in his November 12 bout against Juan Manuel Marquez may not be healed in time for him to face Floyd Mayweather on the proposed May 5 date. "Nobody has a date for anything. That's nonsense. The question is if a Floyd Mayweather-Pacquiao fight can be arranged. That's fine. It doesn't necessarily have to be on May 5. I mean, if Floyd wants to fight Pacquiao, maybe another date is preferrable, given the fact that Pacquiao had a serious cut in the last fight, so there's no magic in May 5 as far as we're concerned," Arum would tell reporters at the post-fight press conference following the rematch between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito.

                    SOURCE 230
                    SOURCE 231
                  DECEMBER 5, 2011
                  • Falcon Hawk Entertainment releases pictures from visit to Mayweather's gym as "proof" that some kind of meeting did in fact take place.

                    Michael Marley releases two pictures, obtained from Falcon Hawk Entertainment, taken during their visit to Floyd Mayweather's gym. One picture shows Floyd Mayweather in handwraps apparently untieing his shoes, flanked by Michael Koncz on one side of him and Joe Jackson on the other side. The other picture shows Joe Jackson posing with Floyd Mayweather. According to Marley, the meeting "ended the Cold War between the two camps. They broke through a key boxing barrier."

                    SOURCE 232 (DOA) http://www.examiner.com/boxing-in-national/exclusive-photos-floyd-mayweather
                  DECEMBER 10, 2011
                  • Bob Arum suggests Floyd Mayweather's legal issues may prevent him from fighting.

                    Despite the fact that Floyd Mayweather already has the MGM Grand Garden Arena on hold for his next fight, set to take place on May 5, 2012, Bob Arum suggests that Mayweather's legal issues might prevent him from being able to face Manny Pacquiao on that date. "Mayweather really can't commit anything now, because next week, he's before the courts. So if the trial is going to happen, he can't do the fight," Arum would tell Ronnie Nathanielsz of the Manila Standard Today.

                    SOURCE 233 (DOA) http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideSports.htm?f=2011/december/10/sports
                    SOURCE 234
                  DECEMBER 15, 2011
                  • Richard Schaefer reiterates that no negotiations are taking place; says Bob Arum is lying to fool Manny Pacquiao.

                    "He can say whatever he wants. I'm astonished that some media members still give credibility to what comes out of his mouth. What Arum is saying, it's pretty sad. He's such a liar," Schaefer would tell Robert Morales of the Los Angeles Daily news. "He is making up all these stories. He is fooling some of these media members over and over again. I couldn't care less what he says. He's lying and that's all I have to say about it. There are no negotiations; they don't want to do it. He is probably doing it to fool Pacquiao, to make him think there is something going on. There is nothing going on."

                    SOURCE 235
                  DECEMBER 16, 2011
                  • Manny Pacquiao says he heard that Floyd Mayweater is asking for $100 million.

                    Speaking to Jay Dayupay of ABS-CBN News, Manny Pacquiao reveals that he heard Floyd Mayweather was asking for $100 million. "I heard he's asking $100 million. That's what he's asking for which is why the fight is not yet done," Pacquiao commented.

                    SOURCE 236
                  DECEMBER 17, 2011
                  • Manny Pacquiao reveals he's willing to take a smaller purse than Floyd Mayweather.

                    Manny Pacquiao announces that he's willing to take a smaller purse than Floyd Mayweather in order to make the mega-fight a reality. "Walang problema kahit na mas maliit ang premyo ko. Ang importante ay matuloy lang ang laban," Pacquiao would relay to Manila Bulletin journalist Nick Giongco from his home in General Santos City, which loosely translated means, "I have no problem taking smaller prize. The important thing is making the fight."

                    SOURCE 237 (DOA) http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/345203...-smaller-purse
                    SOURCE 238


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                  http://www.fighthype.com/pages/content10158.html
                  http://www.fighthype.com/pages/content10243.html
                  http://www.fighthype.com/pages/content11418.html


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                  Damn son..........

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                  • #19
                    Originally posted by ELPacman View Post
                    All I took out of this was that Fraud Jr. made soooooooooooo many demands for the fight. No wonder Pac and team basically said, "f**k this guy" at the end. No "fighter" should dictate a bout in the amount that Fraud Jr. and team were so that they could get the upper hand before the bout ever even started. Thought whatever, it's history now.

                    Instead we got the greatest farce of a fight when it happened, a good 6 years too late. Even that, Jr. had gone into it with advantages.
                    These 238 sources clearly show Pac ducked Mayweather under the supervision of TR and guidance of matchmaker Bruce Trampler. Bruce knew Manny could never beat Floyd so they created one roadblock after another. Luckily for people like myself and great book-keepers over at Fighthype, we have this comprehensive case study of duckery!

                    It's people like you that drank the koolaids that tried ruining it for everyone else. I don't feel sorry for you, I feel sorry for the people that you made their lives miserable because you love Poochiao's candycorn so badly you'll make up any and all excuses to deify this normal man. If you want to raise your rainbow banner, it's ok man. It's 2022 and you can enjoy a mans candycorn all you like ---> openly!

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                    • #20
                      Originally posted by YoungManRumble View Post

                      If one more person quotes this the thread is now almost unreadable. Also what's with the dark font? Anyone who knows how to change settings should be running this site in dark mode not the heinous white and red.
                      What you're referring to is stock baseed on my copy/paste. I made all the red a certain red because it made some red hyperlinks and a lot black ---> basically the forum guts are broken so I manually made all hyperlinks red for easier viewing. The blue made itself blue but not all the time so on those attributes, I made sure all blue were a standard blue.

                      But the black, I did nothing but copy/paste the text. I'm not using the dark theme atm.

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