Mayweather not in rush to fight Pacquiao
Megafight seems no closer as Saturday deadline passes
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.