Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiations ‘making progress’
Milan Ordoñez on Jan 10, 2015 11:11 AM
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MANILA – New developments on the highly anticipated Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao mega fight negotiations have emerged.
In a report by Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, one of the key figures in making the deal, who chose to remain anonymous, announced that they are “making progress.”
"The calendar is a factor," said the source, who also declared that the drug testing plan and the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as the venue has already been agreed upon. The specifics of the drug-testing procedures, however, have not been revealed.
The source also believes an agreement will be finalized sooner than later, estimating a time period of seven to ten days. As for the date, May or June are the prospect months that are being targeted.
Another key factor of the negotiation is the broadcast rights, as Mayweather’s fights are showed on Showtime Sports, while Pacquiao’s fights are delivered by HBO Sports. But it is not seen as that big of an obstacle since a compromise has been laid out on the table.
“It’s believed the networks are pursuing a plan to televise the bout jointly, as was done with the 2002 heavyweight title fight between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson,” the report reads.
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