REPORT: May 2nd mega bout in jeopardy?
Milan Ordoñez on Apr 13, 2015 02:27 PM
Top Rank Chief Bob Arum confirms tickets for the scheduled May 2nd bout have not yet gone on sale (Photo credit: Anton Tabuena)
MANILA - A string of untoward events have led many to speculate that the much awaited long-overdue showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao may be in jeopardy.
Scheduled for May 2nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, what is considered as this era's "Fight of the Century" is currently being riddled by seemingly unresolvable issues.
Firstly, it has been reported that Mayweather had been badly hurt during one of his sparring sessions. According to Boxingscene.com, Bob Arum made claims of Floyd Jr. needing a "special headgear" that also covered the lip area "because everytime Floyd got hit, his lips bled."
Further reports also claim that despite the Mayweather camp's abundance of southpaw sparring partners for Floyd Jr, "they have no fighters who could emulate Pacquiao." This, according to another report by Boxingscene.com, as told to them by MLive.com's David Mayo.
http://t.co/6ef8O77bw0 last week reported Mayweather skipped sparring because of a cut lip and now they are saying knuckles are hurting!— Ronnie Nathanielsz (@ronnathanielsz) April 12, 2015
It has also been made publicly known that tickets for the May 2nd clash have not been released, another oddity in the situation considering that sales should have been made as early as the week after the fight was finalized in February.
In an interview with ABS-CBN correspondent Dyan Castillejo, Bob Arum himself did confirm that the said issue has yet to be settled.
Many are now being made to believe that Mayweather's reported physical conditions may likely affect the remaining days of his training camp, which can subsequently lead to the fight being pushed back to a later date.
"News of a potential split-lip for Mayweather seems insignificant at this point, but if Arum's assertions are correct, it could have huge implications on both his training schedule and game plan," said Bleacher Report's Nick Akerman. "Pretty Boy will only reach maximum sharpness by completing intense sparring sessions which provide the opportunity to push his reflexes, conditioning and power."
Stay tuned to ABS-CBN Sports for further updates regarding this matter.
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