TOP Rank promoter Bob Arum told the Manila Standard/Viva Sports that talks with the camp of Floyd Mayweather Jr. about a megabuck showdown with eight-division world champion and Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao are ongoing, but whether a fight will ultimately happen, nobody really knows.
In an overseas telephone conversation, Arum said: “The talks are slow, but at least there is movement.”
When asked whether the negotiations, as mentioned by Pacquiao’s longtime adviser Michael Koncz was going back and forth on the issue of the fighters’ purses and the pay-per-view split, Arum replied: “It’s always about money.”
The astute Top Rank promoter said he isn’t sure one way or another, whether the fight will happen.
“Until a deal is made and contracts signed, we’ll never know,” Arum said.
Meantime, Koncz, reacting to a story by John F. McKenna that Mayweather had turned his back on a deal offered by Pacquiao’s adviser for a 55-45 pay-per-view split, with the winner getting the bigger share, which included a guaranteed purse of $50 million, told the Manila Standard/Viva Sports that he had “not given an interview in over a month.”
“There’s nothing new and it’s a long and slow process,” Koncz said.
In his story, McKenna said: “Apparently, Floyd is so paranoid about losing his ‘0’ on his fight record that he must be absolutely certain of winning before he enters the ring with any fighter.”
McKenna also said Arum is aware of Koncz’ offer to the Mayweather camp.