LOS ANGLES (LALATE) – The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao 2012 fight won’t happen May 5, Bob Arum tells news. A Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao May 5, 2012 fight is effectively dead this week. But now fans are asking whether the fight deal was ever “alive” in the first place, and whether both camps have been intentionally confusing fans all along. At issue is not the fighters, so claims Arum; rather the issue is the venue. After weeks of both camps claiming they were close to signing a deal, now the two camps appear further away as ever.
Despite whatever either camp says now about a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao 2012 fight, their stories are far different than what they told news and fans in December.
Last winter, Mayweather told news that he was waiting for Manny to sign an agreement. “They told me this … I been told May 5 is open … I told them May 5 is open…May 5 is the date.” Speaking directly to the camera, as if directly at Pacman, Mayweather shouted “sign the contract! I’m waiting. I can’t be sitting waiting all day [for your]” Floyd fumed at Pacman.
Mayweather’s assertions were clear. He claimed that (a) both camps had an agreed upon date and had a (b) drafted contract ready to sign. But new reports this week claim Mayweather’s statements were false.
In December, Bob Arum told news that a May 5, 2012 was being pursued and that the two parties would sign the agreement by December 31, 2012. “That’s the priority.” Arum added “We’re working on trying to make that a reality. But you have to understand that this isn’t the kind of fight you make in 15 minutes. It doesn’t work that way. It takes time, and my obligation is to get Manny the best deal possible.”
Arum’s assertions were clear. He also claimed in December that (a) both camps had an agreed upon date and (b) were working to finalize the deal by December 31. But now new reports this week claim that Arum hadn’t agreed upon a date, a venue, a gate, financial arraignments, and even the projected audience reach.
Fans are furious. Suddenly, now Arum says that May 5 was never agreed upon, that no agreement was ready to be signed, and that the venue hadn’t even been chosen. What is going on with these two camps?
Arum now claims that Floyd wants to fight May 5 at the MGM Grand which houses 16,500. Arum now claims he wants to build a temporary stadium in Las Vegas to house 45,000 people. He says that venue couldn’t be built until the end of May. He says the venue costs $7 million to build, but the gate will make $60 million, not $20 million at the MGM. “It’s an extra $20 million for each fighter which is a lot of money. But that’s a choice the fighters have to make”.
Floyd fumed on Twitter this week “My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk.” Floyd added “Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see.”