MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO NEGOTIATIONS TIMELINE PART 2By Ben Thompson | June 21, 2011
Over the past two years, there's been a lot of uncertainty amongst fans and media alike regarding the events surrounding the negotiations for the mega-fight between pound-for-pound champions Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. In an effort to clear up the confusion, FightHype.com has put together an in-depth timeline detailing every major milestone that took place. From the moment that Floyd Mayweather came out of retirement to the minute that Manny Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum declared the fight to be off, all of the major events that dominated the headlines are included. Only the facts are included in this definitive timeline. Links to mulitple outside references have been included for each date, so fans can draw their own conclusions as to what went wrong at each step of the way.
Part 2 picks up shortly after the first round of negotiations failed and both fighters moved forward with bouts against different opponents. After their victories, Bob Arum would tell the media that both sides were secretly working towards a resolution to once again try to make the fight a reality. The only problem is that nobody from Team Mayweather would acknowledge that a "second round of negotiations" ever took place. Take a look back at the events that transpired which prompted Bob Arum to set a deadline to await Floyd Mayweather's response after all terms were allegedly agreed to.
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MARCH 13, 2010
MAY 1, 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.
MAY 2, 2010
MAY 3, 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.
MAY 4, 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.
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."
MAY 7, 2010
MAY 10, 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.
MAY 10, 2010
MAY 11, 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?"
MAY 12, 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.
MAY 13, 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."
MAY 20, 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."
MAY 26, 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."
MAY 28, 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."
MAY 30, 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."
JUNE 2, 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.
JUNE 4, 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.
JUNE 6, 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.
JUNE 10, 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."
JUNE 17, 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."
JUNE 18, 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.
JUNE 22, 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."
JUNE 23, 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.
JUNE 24, 2010
JUNE 28, 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.
JUNE 29, 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."
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."
JUNE 30, 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."
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 , 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."
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.
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."
JULY 6, 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.
JULY 7, 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.
JULY 9, 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."
JULY 13, 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.
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."
JULY 15, 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."
JULY 15, 2010
- Arum reiterates deadline, but doesn't expect to hear "favorably" from Mayweather due to his uncle's legal issues.
Promoter Bob Arum reminds several media outlets about the fast-approaching midnight deadline. "We understand that there are problems as far as Roger is concerned. So they will have until midnight on Friday. If we don't hear favorably from him at the time, which I don't think that we will, then we move to somebody else. That's all. It's not adversarial. In other words, in my opinion, there are reasonable grounds for him not to want to fight this year. And those grounds essentially relate to Roger," Arum would tell Lem Satterfield of AOL FanHouse, again reminding everyone that Roger Mayweather's legal issues could be a factor in whether or not Floyd decides to fight this year.
JULY 15, 2010
- Koncz also speculates as to why Mayweather may not want to fight this year.
Also speaking to Lem Satterfield of AOL FanHouse, Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz speculates as to why Mayweather may not fight this year. "On Floyd's end, I can't speak for him, but it's my belief that it's not the economics of the fight. I think that there are other issues. Maybe that his corner might be altered somewhat because his uncle has some problems that have to do with the training, but nobody has told me that. I'm just speculating," said Koncz. "Who knows? Maybe everything isn't clicking in his camp right now and he doesn't want to jeopardize a fight with Manny because everything is not clicking," said Koncz. "When you're going to be going into the toughest fight of your life, you don't want to change anything or compromise what helped to bring you to the level of success that you've achieved."
JULY 16, 2010
JULY 16, 2010
- Arum schedules international media conference call, beginning right at the midnight deadline and streamed live on Top Rank website.
With only hours left to go, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum sends out a press release to announce an international media conference call scheduled for Satuday, July 17, beginning at exactly 3AM ET/Midnight PT, the exact time of the deadline given to Floyd Mayweather to agree to terms for a November 13 clash with Manny Pacquiao. What Arum was planning on discussing was a mystery, however, given that no members from Team Mayweather were listed as participants in the conference call, it was doubtful that he would be discussing a response from Mayweather.
JULY 17, 2010
- Jeff Mayweather says Arum's deadline is meaningless to Floyd because Pacquiao still wants 14-day cut-off.
"Floyd is taking a stance on drug testing and Pacquiao only agreed to a 14-day cutoff and that's not random," Floyd's uncle, Jeff Mayweather, would tell FightHype.com hours before the deadline. "That deadline don't mean shit," he continued. "He told ya'll to do damn random testing and ya'll never did agree to it. And they still haven't agreed to it."
JULY 17, 2010
- Arum reveals negotiations consisted of a series of conversations with Greenburg acting as a middle man; says no direct communication with anyone from Team Mayweather or Golden Boy Promotions.
As soon as the deadline for Floyd Mayweather's response expired, the conference call began. Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum revealed to the media that the negotiations he's been referring to consisted of a series of conversations with HBO Sports President Ross Greenberg. He also revealed that there was no actual direct communication with any representative from Team Mayweather or Golden Boy Promotions. "I had a couple of conversations with Ross [Greenburg] and I laid out all the terms that would be acceptable to our side and I also informed him about the concession that Manny had made regarding drug testing. He got back to me in a couple of weeks and told me that he had had discussions with Al Haymon, representing Floyd Mayweather, and that everything looked good and we were nearing a resolution," Arum explained. "The subsequent conversations with Ross detailed to me conversations he had with Al Haymon. Nowhere was the name Richard Schaefer or Golden Boy mentioned, although I read, as you all did, Oscar's statement that a deal was close, so I assumed from that Haymon was keeping Schaefer and Godlen Boy abreast of the situation." During a Q & A session following his opening statement, Arum further explained, "We have never talked to anybody on the Mayweather side and all coversations on our part were through Ross Greenburg and he reported on all conversations on the Mayweather side from Al Haymon...I never talked to anybody on the Mayweather side. I never talked to Mayweather. I only talked to Ross Greenburg, who represented to me certain things that he had discussed with Al Haymon on behalf of Mayweather."
JULY 17, 2010
- Arums reveals deadline was set due to an "exclusivity period" agreement with Greenburg, who also did not respond to Arum by the deadline.
During the same conference call, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum explained to the media that the deadline marked the end of an "exclusivity period" that he had agreed on with Ross Greenburg. Evidently, during their conversations, Arum had agreed with Greenburg that he would not try to make another fight with any other opponent other than Mayweather. According to Arum, he had no negotiations with any other opponents during the period of their conversations, but instructed Greenburg that Friday would be his deadline before he moved on to make another fight. "I had agreed with Ross early on that we would not negotiate any other fight with Manny during this negotiation period for a fight with Floyd and I had no negotiations with any other opponent, whether it's Margarito, or Cotto, I've never had any discussions with either of them or their representatives regarding a fight with Manny Pacquiao. And I told Ross that this Friday was our deadline for the end of the exclusivity period and I tell you that next week, I'll be talking to the Cotto Camp and the Margarito Camp regarding a fight with Manny Pacquiao," Arum explained after not hearing from either Mayweather or Greenburg.
JULY 17, 2010
- Arum announces they are moving on to find another opponent for Pacquiao, but still leaves door open for Mayweather.
During the same conference call, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum explained that because they never heard a response from Floyd Mayweather, they will be moving forward with the selection of either Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto as Pacquiao's next opponent. Arum did, however, say that Mayweather still had a narrow window of opportunity to accept their final terms. "Even though Mayweather hasn't responded by the deadline my answer is a simple one -- it's dead when we conclude a deal with an opponent for Manny to fight," Arum explained to the media in attendance for the late night call. "And then we would look to do a fight with Floyd next year. In the interim, while this is going on, if Floyd suddenly emerged we would not be opposed to doing the fight. While these negotiations are going on [with Cotto and Margarito], if Floyd came to the table, that's the fight we want more than all others."
JULY 17, 2010
- Arum again suggest that Roger's legal issues might be why there was no response from Mayweather; asks fans and media to cut him some slack.
As the Q & A session continued, promoter Bob Arum again suggests that Roger Mayweather's legal problems might be the reason why there was no response from Floyd Mayweather. "I am sure that there is a very, very good reason that Floyd Mayweather has for not committing to a fight at this time. I really and truly believe that. Now I'm speculating. One of the reasons could be the uncertainty regarding Roger Mayweather," Arum commented. "I mean, right now, I understand Floyd's position, or I believe his position regarding Roger. I mean, we all know, we live in Las Vegas, you and I, we know this serious issue regarding Roger and I can understand Floyd delaying any plans for a future fight until there's a resolution of the Roger situation. So, you know, once you understand that, how can you jump on the guy and start, you know, saying the same things as the last time," Arum continued, coming off sympathetic. "I think the boxing fans are going to be disappointed, but they have to realize, they have to cut Floyd Mayweather some slack. I mean, we know that his uncle is facing some difficulties in the courts in Nevada and I can see his reluctance to commit to a big fight with Manny Pacquiao without having the services of his uncle, and if the boxing fans begrudge that, that's really sad. I believe that people should be understanding. I mean, Floyd Mayweather is not saying that he'll never fight Manny Pacquiao and Manny Pacquiao is not saying that if Floyd's not available in November, Pacquiao's not going to fight him. There's always next year. It's something that is bad for the Mayweather family and we all have to understand it."
JULY 18, 2010
JULY 19, 2010
- Mayweather reiterates he's not thinking about boxing; spending time with family.
"I'm not really thinking about boxing right now," stated Floyd Mayweather when asked about a potential showdown with Manny Pacquiao at a charity basketball game in Miami. "I'm just relaxing. I fought about 60 days ago, so I'm just enjoying myself, enjoying life, enjoying my family and enjoying my vacation," Mayweather continued. "Like I said, I'm just supporting my family and relaxing,"
JULY 19, 2010
JULY 19, 2010
- Greenburg has no comment about whether or not negotiations took place.
When asked via e-mail for his response to Leonard Ellerbe's denial that negotiations ever took place, HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg would respond to ESPN's Dan Rafael with the following reply, "As always we have no comment."
JULY 22, 2010
- Arum insists that negotiations with Greenburg did indeed take place.
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum tells Dan Rafael of ESPN.com that despite what Leonard Ellerbe may say, negotiations with HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg did indeed take place. "This is like absurd unreality. I'm not going to be party to this [expletive]. When I heard about [the statement] I thought it was a joke. Ross said he was talking to Haymon. He certainly wasn't making it up. And Haymon was relaying conversations to Ross allegedly that Floyd had with him. At least that is what Ross says," Arum explained. "If there is no negotiation, who imposed the gag order? What they're doing this is absurd. What is motivating them to put something like this out? I'm not going to speculate but what are they doing? Schaefer said there was a gag order. Who could there be a gag order from if there were no negotiations? From the sky," he continued. "Why they're doing this is absurd. What is motivating them to put something like this out? I'm not going to speculate, but what are they doing? Schaefer said there was a gag order. Who could there be a gag order from if there were no negotiations? From the sky?
JULY 23, 2010
- Schaefer backs Ellerbe's statement that negotiations never took place.
"You read the statement from Leonard and I stand behind that statement, and I have nothing else to add," stated Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer when asked for a comment about Leonard Ellerbe's statement denying that negotiations had ever taken place.
JULY 24, 2010
- Arum announces that Margarito will indeed be Pacquiao's next opponent.
Just six days after the proposed deadline, promoter Bob Arum revealed that Manny Pacquiao will indeed face Antonio Margarito on November 13 for the vacant WBC jr. middleweight title. Speaking to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, Arum explained that, ultimately, he decided on Margarito because fans will look at it as a more competitive matchup as opposed to a rematch with Cotto, who Pacquiao soundly defeated last November via 12th round TKO. "Cotto was beaten and even with [Hall of Fame trainer] Emanuel Steward now with him, I don't think people believe that it's enough to make a difference and I'm not sure they would buy it as competitive," Arum stated. "But putting aside the controversy about the wraps, the one thing you know for sure with a Margarito fight is that it will be a hell of a fight for however long it lasts."
JULY 24, 2010
- Arum says Schaefer isn't telling the truth about negotiations.
"I am really disappointed in him," promoter Bob Arum would tell BoxingScene. "He knows it's not true. But he's doing whatever he can to cling to the Mayweather boat. I really feel sorry for him. People shouldn't do that. They shouldn't panic. They shouldn't join something so preposterous as to defy imagination."
JULY 26, 2010
- Schaefer says Ellerbe's statement is true; offers to take a lie detector test and challenges Arum to do the same.
"It's unfortunate Arum feels like that. But I tell you what, I would make myself available for a lie-detector test and let's see who's telling the truth and who's lying. If I say I stand behind Leonard's statement...it's because it's the truth," Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer reitereated to BoxingScene.com, standing firm on his backing of Ellerbe's statement denying that any real negotiations took place.
JULY 26, 2010
- De La Hoya backs Ellerbe's statement that negotiations never took place.
"I think I said it because I get the question asked so many times that, obviously, I was fed up and tired of it and I just said like, yeah, yeah, it's gonna get made," Oscar De La Hoya would tell BoxingScene.com, referring to comments he made over a month ago suggesting that contracts for the mega-fight were close to being finalized. "So it was a quick answer that I should have obviously thought about. But, obviously, negotiations weren't going on. Nothing was going on."
JULY 26, 2010
- Greenburg releases statement saying he's been negotiating with a representative from each side since May 2nd.
"Fights like Mayweather vs. Pacquiao are significant because of these fighters' ability to connect with sports fans around the world. It's unfortunate that it won't happen in 2010. I had been negotiating with a representative from each side since MAY 2nd, carefully trying to put the fight together. Hopefully, someday this fight will happen. Sports fans deserve it," HBO Sports President Ross Green revealed in a prepared statement sent out to select members of the media one week after having no comment on the subject. According to Greenburg, his involvement in negotiations began on May 2nd, less than 24 hours after Floyd Mayweather's unanimous decision victory over Shane Mosley and roughly 8 days before Manny Pacquiao was elected to the Philippine Congress.
JULY 26, 2010
- Ellerbe stands firm on denial of negotiations; says phone calls asking about future plans is not negotiations.
"I stand behind my statement 100 percent. Obviously, the term negotiation needs to be defined to those parties who are making these comments. Calling to inquire about what Floyd is thinking about doing is not a negotiation. There was never any negotiation. I respect Ross but I am 100 percent sure there were no negotiations," Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe would tell ESPN.com, suggesting that although Ross Greenburg MAY have called to inquire about Floyd Mayweather's future plans, there were never any discussions pertaining to terms of a negotiation.
JULY 27, 2010
- Schaefer still supports Ellerbe's denial of negotiations; challenges both Greenburg and Arum to take lie detector tests.
"I think it's unfortunate that Ross made that statement. I fully stand behind the statement I made. I have not negotiated with Ross and I am not aware of any negotiations that have taken place," Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer would also tell ESPN.com, supporting Leonard Ellerbe's assertion that negotiations never took place. "If Ross or Arum wants to go through a lie detector test, we can arrange that. I can only tell you I have regular contact with Al and Leonard and there were no negotiations going on. I don't know exactly what Ross is referring to or what he is talking about. But I have been very consistent. There were none going on."
END OF PART 2
- Ellerbe again denies negotiations ever took place; says Mayweather made it clear that he was taking time off.
"I stand 100% behind my statement. How the hell can you have a negotiation when the principal himself says he's not even thinking about boxing at this particular time and he's the one calling the shots and is his own boss? This whole thing has been blown way out of proportion and I'm not going to go back and forth with this. I know for a fact that no negotiations have taken place and it's clear to me that those that made those statements are not clear on what the term 'negotiation' means," Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe would reiterate, explainig that Floyd Mayweather had already made it perfectly clear that he would be taking some time off and making phone calls to inquire about his future plans is not a form of negotiations. "Making inquiries about what Floyd's intentions are is not a negotiation. Floyd made it perfectly clear the night of the Mosley fight, at the post-fight presser, again in JUNE, and again in JULY that he's not thinking about boxing at this particular time. Floyd said he wanted to take some time off and spend it with his family. If Floyd is saying this, then who are you negotiating with."
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