Pascal vs. Cloud Deal is Nearly Complete With Showtime

By Rick Reeno

Promoter Yvon Michel advised that a television deal is close to being finalized for a light heavyweight encounter between IBF champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19KOs) and former WBC beltholder Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16KOs). Michel, who promotes Pascal, reached an agreement with Cloud's promoter, Don King, nearly a month ago.

The two promoters were searching for a television outlet - and that search is nearly over. Michel confirms there are two possible dates being discussed with Showtime - July 7th and August 11th, and one of those dates will be finalized early next week.

"We did the deal a while ago, probably a month ago. We have a deal in place for Pascal to fight Cloud here in Canada. And we're working with Showtime on two possible dates, between June 7th or August 11th. We should have some confirmation early next week about it," Michel told

Fans have been calling for a Pascal-Cloud showdown for quite a while. Negotiations took place last year, but fell apart. This time around, King's promoter softened his position regarding a few contractual details and the fight was easy for both sides to make.

"I know Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson are fighting tomorrow, but I believe the best fight to watch in the division is Pascal and Cloud. Somebody is going to hurt somebody in that fight. They are not defensive specialists. As a promoter, of course [I love the fight], but as a boxing fan I am really looking forward to the fight," Michel said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Convicted_Felon on 04-28-2012

This is what I don't like about today's fighters. Hopkins wanted no parts of Dawson until he lost to Pascal. Pascal wanted no parts of Cloud until he lost to Campillo. Cloud's mama even fainted when they announced her son…

Comment by SpeedKillz on 04-28-2012

after cloud wins this fight by blatant robbery, I wanna see him rematch Campillo on neutral grounds, so he can get another schooling...

Comment by 4Corners on 04-28-2012

Would like to see the winner fight Dawson later in the year, if Dawson gets past Hopkins.

Comment by ИATAS on 04-28-2012

[QUOTE=Tobi.G;12052953]I hope Clouds performance against Campillo was just a off-night, otherwise he has no chance against Pascal. I had high expectations of Cloud and still have them for some degree. If he beats Pascal clearly no one will talk about…

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 04-28-2012

How things have changed Pascal could of fought Sillakh who was #2 WBC and supposed to be a elimanation between the two to fight Dawson-Hopkins winner and given Grachev who's nothing more than a part time boxer slow plodder was…

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