May­weather not in rush to fight Pac­quiao

Megafight seems no closer as Satur­day dead­line passes

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Tim Reynolds

MI­AMI — Floyd May­weather Jr. al­lowed a dead­line for strik­ing a deal on a su­per­fight with Manny Pac­quiao to pass with­out say­ing any­thing. A day later, May­weather in­di­cated that his stance won’t change any­time soon.

“I’m not in­ter­ested in rush­ing to do any­thing,” May­weather told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

Ap­pear­ing in Mi­ami Sun­day as a coach at a char­ity bas­ket­ball game hosted by Dwyane Wade and Alonzo Mourn­ing, May­weather fielded ques­tions about the NBA. But when talk turned to boxing — and Pac­quiao in par­tic­u­lar — the fighter wouldn’t re­spond.

May­weather’s camp also did not re­spond to a dead­line early Satur­day put in place by Pac­quiao pro­moter Top Rank for ex­clu­sive ne­go­ti­a­tions, which has put what could be the rich­est fight in boxing his­tory in doubt. May­weather and Pac­quiao are clearly the two biggest stars in the sport but have not signed a deal de­spite months of ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Pac­quiao al­ready has agreed to an eq­ui­table split of the earn­ings from the megafight, along with ex­ten­sive drug test­ing. The two sides nearly came to terms ear­lier this year, but it didn’t hap­pen then be­cause Pac­quiao was ret­i­cent about blood test­ing close to a fight.

Pac­quiao ended up rout­ing Joshua Clottey be­fore about 50,000 fans at Cow­boys Sta­dium in March, while May­weather eas­ily de­feated Shane Mosley in May.

Al­though he hasn’t spo­ken di­rectly to May­weather, Top Rank pro­moter Bob Arum said he be­lieves the for­mer pound­for-pound cham­pion might be re­luc­tant to fight this year be­cause of the le­gal woes of Roger May­weather, his un­cle and long­time trainer. Roger May­weather will go on trial in Las Ve­gas next month on as­sault charges.

If the fight with May­weather doesn’t hap­pen, Pac­quiao could fight re­cently crowned ju­nior mid­dleweight cham­pion Miguel Cotto, whom he’s al­ready de­feated, or for­mer wel­ter­weight cham­pion An­to­nio Mar­gar­ito. Arum said that Pac­quiao plans to fight Nov. 13 re­gard­less of the op­po­nent.

As for May­weather, well, only he seems to know.

“I’m just sup­port­ing my fam­ily and re­lax­ing,” May­weather said. “That’s what I’m do­ing right now.” Will Power takes the check­ered flag as he wins the Honda Indy Toronto race on Sun­day. The Aus­tralian driver is in his first full sea­son of IndyCar Se­ries com­pe­ti­tion.

Floyd May­weather ap­peared Sun­day at a char­ity bas­ket­ball game.

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