DESPITE Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s public challenge to Manny Pacquiao last week, there’s still no negotiations between the two parties, according to Pacquiao’s long time business manager Eric Pineda.
Pineda said he hasn’t received any communication yet from the Top Rank Promotions headed by Bob Arum.
“We haven’t received any communication yet [negotiation about the fight]although I believe it’s going to happen this June,” Pineda told The Manila Times yesterday in phone interview. “I’m sure there is an ongoing negotiation between the two parties. We are still waiting.”
The unbeaten American Mayweather Jr. (47-0 win-loss log slate with 26 knockouts) challenged Pacquiao (57-5-2 log with 38 knockouts) to a mega fight on May 2.
However, Arum rejected the date because it is disrespectful to the Mexicans who celebrate Cinco De Mayo.
Arum offered a fight date in April or June.
“May 2… is a Mexican holiday. It is a big Mexican-American holiday,” Arum told Gareth Davies of the UK Telegraph. “It’s a fight date being talked about for Mayweather, Pacquiao, even (Miguel) Cotto, but they’re not Mexicans or even Mexican-Americans.”
“That’s out of my control. I don’t know whether they’re going to fight or not,” Floyd Sr. told boxing site fighthype.com for his part. “I won’t speak about it because you know why? Because he’s my son, he asked me not to speak about it. It ain’t nothing to speak about.”