It’s less than two weeks until the biggest fight in boxing history. There’s just one problem; the fighters haven’t actually signed the contract yet.
The Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Manny Pacquiao superfight is set to go down in Las Vegas on May 2 but, according to Pacquiao’s promoter, the fight contract isn’t up to scratch.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN that the contract draft he received on April 15 wasn’t what he agreed to when he, MGM and Mayweather Promotions signed the terms sheet several months ago.
Arum, who promotes Pacquaio, said:
We agreed that we would all be signatories on the final contract and then they sent us a draft of the agreement and it excluded us. They don’t want us to have any say. So whether they came up with the deal between Mayweather and MGM before or after our agreement, they’ve committed fraud either way. That’s what we’re enmeshed in.
Due to the hold up with the signing of the agreement, tickets for the event at the MGM Grand have still yet to be printed. Not that we could afford to go anyway!
Arum expects the contract to finally be signed by Wednesday.
Boxing fans have had to wait years for the dream match-up to come to fruition. Let’s hope this isn’t the latest trivial issue which prevents the clash of boxing’s pound-for-pound best in eleven days’ time.