If reports are to be believed, the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao May 2, 2015 fight has been cancelled, thanks to Bob Arum.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has announced that the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight that’s been scheduled (by no less than the Money May himself) for May 2, 2015 is no good. The reason: May 2 is a date reserved for Mexican fighters, and it’s disrespectful to hold the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight then.
The much-anticipated match, which had boxing fans rooting with excitement when Mayweather answered Pacquiao’s challenge earlier this month, has been nixed yet again by Arum, who incidentally used to be Mayweather’s manager.
Even Chris Algieri, the former American kickboxer Pacquiao beat up in Macau in November 2014, earlier expressed his doubts the fight was ever going to happen at all. Is this the end of the most-awaited boxing match?
“May 2, that Cinco De Mayo weekend, is a Mexican holiday. It is a big Mexican-American holiday. It’s a fight date being talked about for Mayweather, Pacquiao, even Cotto, but they’re not Mexicans or even Mexican-Americans,” Arum told the Telegraph.
The Cinco De Mayo weekend actually falls on the fifth of May and is considered an all-important ethnic pride holiday celebration for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans alike.
The Mayweather and Pacquiao camps have been belligerently negotiating on a date for the last five years, but one thing or another always prevented it from happening, from Pacquiao’s earlier refusal to do random drug and urine testing to Mayweather’s dithering about revenues.
Mayweather actually rising to the challenge and scheduling a bout with his nemesis this month was a very welcome early Christmas gift for boxing fans.
For Arum to suddenly spout platitudes about respecting Mexican fighters and their fans is killing the already stretched thin suspense. Perhaps the fact that Miguel Cotto, another Top Rank fighter, who is likely to fight junior middleweight, Saul Alvarez on that day, may be one reason behind his declaration.
However, Bob Arum is still eager to promote a Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, knowing the revenues from both the fight itself and pay-per-view earnings are likely to break records (think an estimated gross take around the neighborhood of $250 million). Still, the super fight is likely to occur in September 2015, if it even happens at all.
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