With time running out on the Jan. 31, 2015 deadline, the Pacquiao-Mayweather super fight prospects are starting to look dim, as the Filipino boxer prepares for a back-up opponent. Read on for further details.
The much-awaited super fight between undefeated pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Filipino eight-division champ Manny Pacquiao looks to be going down the drain. The Jan. 31, 2015 Pacquiao-imposed deadline is looming, and no response seems forthcoming from Mayweather’s camp.
In fact, Pacquiao is preparing himself to fight another opponent as a back-up plan, just in case the worst scenario happens: Mayweather may chicken out once again.
Earlier in the month, Mayweather finally opened up in an interview declaring he was up for Pacquiao’s New Year challenge and was willing to go head to head with the Filipino fighter in the ring. He even named a date, May 2, 2015, and slammed Top Rank promoter Bob Arum for being in the way of a bout he claimed he’d been wanting to take on for the last five years.
In response, Pacquiao’s camp immediately jumped into negotiations and signed the documents agreeing to a 60/40 take on the now estimated $300 million purse, with Mayweather getting the lion’s share. All that’s left is Mayweather’s John Hancock at the bottom of the contract, and with four days left on the deadline, hopes are beginning to sputter out over the fight coming to fruition.
Without an opponent to face on the Cinco de Mayo fight date, Pacquiao has made contingency plans for a ring date with British junior welterweight champ, Amir Khan.
In fact, Pacquiao travelled to London earlier this month where he met with Britain’s fourth-in-line to the throne, Prince Harry, who broached the subject of putting up a Pacquiao fight in London, possibly against Khan.
The Filipino pugilist has also been looking at the likelihood of fighting Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse and Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov, as a third and fourth backup plan to cover all his bases.
Here’s ESPN’s take on the erstwhile super fight:
That’s the latest on Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao’s much-awaited fight. Stay tuned for this developing news here at Movie News Guide (MNG).
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