Even though the "negotiations" between Top Rank Promotions and Team Mayweather didn't result in a November fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, at least we were spared the back and forth sniping that would've really turned fans off. An accord was reached by Bob Arum and Richard Schafer to play nice and not negotiate through the media. During the ridiculous 3 a.m. teleconference over the weekend, Arum went out of his way to make excuses for Mayweather and he even complimented his manager Al Haymon. It was nice while it lasted. Team Mayweather via Mayweather Promotions/Swanson Communications dropped the first bomb last night with this little doozy:
"Here are the facts," said Mayweather spokesperson Leonard Ellerbe. "Al Haymon, Richard Schaefer and myself speak to each other on a regular basis and the truth is no negotiations have ever taken place nor was there ever a deal agreed upon by Team Mayweather or Floyd Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao on November 13. Either Ross Greenburg or Bob Arum is not telling the truth, but history tells us who is lying."
Arum's story was that he and Haymon had agreed upon most of the terms for a Nov. 13 fight and did so with HBO's Greenburg as the middle man. Ellerbe says none of that happened.
Fight fans should be happy to know, we're back to status quo in boxing. Once again we don't get to the see the match we've been waiting two years for and it may now be harder than ever to make the fight.