Mayweather vs Pacquiao a 'done deal' insists Al Haymon insider
After months of deliberating and negotiating terms, it seems as though the wait may finally be over.
And it’s for real this time.
According to numerous reports, Manny Pacquiao has signed his side of the contract and is currently waiting for Mayweather to place his “John Hancock” on the lucrative accord and exclusively announce the clamored super fight.
“Manny has 100 percent signed his side of the deal,” an unnamed source close to Pacquiao told the Telegraph Sport on Valentine’s Day, February 14. “It’s now over to Mayweather to close the deal and announce the fight.”
It’s currently rumored within the boxing community that the highest earner in sports is planning to officially announce the mega-fight before or during the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 15, in New York City.
Floyd has been seen attending the various NBA sponsored events in the Big Apple, hosting two big parties on Friday and Saturday night while dropping an absurd amount of money on jewelry and other extravagant gifts for his entire entourage.
To make this situation a little more believable to the understandably cynical and cautious fight fans, former Light Heavyweight Champion Antonio Tarver dropped a glorious bomb several hours ago on Twitter, endorsing the rumor’s validity.
“See Y’all in Vegas on may 2,” the Magic Man posted on Saturday, via the popular social media outlet. “I’m hearing it’s a done deal…100 man. I should commentate this fight. It’s deserving of the best!”
Because the 46 year old Heavyweight has such a solid relationship with renowned Mayweather adviser Al Haymon, the tweet would appear to be a much more credible source than most ambulance-chasing internet reporters.
If the highly anticipated “Mayweather vs. Pacquiao” event is indeed announced during Sunday evening’s festivities, the real bosses of boxing, the always vocal fight fans, should collectively pat themselves on the back for making this once catastrophic product of boxing politics a stark reality.
After creating an overwhelming mandate in November and December of 2014, all parties involved, including the two rival networks, HBO and Showtime, worked meticulously to force this deal into fruition.
According to numerous sources close to the situation, the purse is expected to be worth a whopping total of $250 million, with Mayweather making a record shattering $150 million for 36 minutes of work inside the squared circle.
The anticipated joint network PPV event is expected to easily surpass the all-time PPV purchase mark of 2.4 million buys, established previously by Oscar De la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2007. This would be an amazing feat, considering the likely Mayweather/Pacquiao price tag to be set at $100 in HD viewing.
Both parties have reportedly agreed to the event being staged at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 2nd, with an undisclosed agreement for the 8 ounce gloves both fighters will wear during the bout, as well as pre and post fight drug testing administered by the US Anti-Doping Agency.
The two rival networks will both be showing the fight replay on May 9th, with HBO’s “Canelo vs. Kirkland” event being pushed immediately following Mayweather/Pacquiao’s encore broadcast.
The joint commentary panel is expected to consist of James Brown, Jim Lampley, Al Bernstein, Max Kellerman, and Jim Gray.