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Ross Greenburg Ends The Mayweather/Pacquiao He Said He Said

Do you remember the build up to Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya when Mayweather brought out a rubber chicken to further taunt De La Hoya by calling him “Chicken De La Hoya”?

Well, according to Kevin Iole, it’s Mayweather who is running scared. I don’t know if I buy that Mayweather is scared at all of Pacquiao, but I do sense that he knows that the second his zero is gone from his record, so is much of his drawing power.

It all started last year when negotiations between the two camps stalled because of Pacquiao’s unwillingness to meet Mayweather’s drug testing demands. Just last month, it seemed like the fight was nearing a go as Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya both made public statements that hinted at it being near finalized.

Bob Arum set a deadline for for negotiations to be finalized or else Pacquiao would go on to negotiate with either Miguel Cotto or Antonio Margarito. Mayweather himself, who uses Twitter and Facebook to communicate with his fans, said nothing through either medium.

During a conference call Arum scheduled at the end of his deadline, he mentioned that he didn’t deal directly with Camp Mayweather. Both camps supposedly used HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg as the middle man. The fact that both camps couldn’t even talk to each other seemed odd, but because this is boxing, and there’s a lot of resentment between Top Rank and Mayweather’s people, it was just business as usual.

Mayweather Promotions CEO, Leonard Ellerbe released a statement two days later that flat out said either Bob Arum or Ross Greenburg was lying.

Al Haymon, Richard Schaefer and myself speak to each other on a regular basis and the truth is no negotiations have ever taken place nor was there ever a deal agreed upon by Team Mayweather or Floyd Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao on November 13. Either Ross Greenburg or Bob Arum is not telling the truth, but history tells us who is lying.

And this brings us to Ross Greenburg’s statement. Greenburg recently said:

Fights like Mayweather vs. Pacquiao are significant because of these fighters’ ability to connect with sports fans around the world. It’s unfortunate that it won’t happen in 2010. I had been negotiating with a representative from each side since May 2nd, carefully trying to put the fight together. Hopefully, someday this fight will happen. Sports fans deserve it.

Before Mayweather fans suggest that Greenburg could possibly be lying, you have to wonder first why he would. Floyd Mayweather makes money for HBO Sports and it would be asinine for Greenburg to purposely upset his apple cart. And as a figure head for HBO, it would be terrible for him to lie.

In the end, if Mayweather wants to make Manny wait it out, that’s his prerogative. But because he’s letting his team speak for him, he’s coming off badly to the public eye, the same public eye who will buy a fight between he and Manny Pacquiao to the tune of being the biggest money fight of all time.

Is he just playing poker? Could be. But unless he believes the fight can even be bigger by him playing the heel role as he does so naturally, he’s bluffing way too hard. I don’t know if the fight can be any bigger than it is now. They may lose money by waiting any longer. And for a guy whose nickname is “Money Mayweather”, I’m not so that’s the right business move.

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5 thoughts on “Ross Greenburg Ends The Mayweather/Pacquiao He Said He Said

  1. Manny vs Antonio this is a great challenge for the both of them. Both are at the peaks of their career. Antonio is good, but Manny has already proven that he is unbeatable, fearless, skillful and a great giant killer. Antonio is the last great Mexican world champion standing. When Manny beats Margarito like other great Mexican champions, he will be considered the best in the world. With this fight there is no question that Manny will shatter Oscars vs Floyd’s record ppv of 2.44 million. Its time to shock the world again. I would think that Pacquiao would take early rounds with his speed and proven ability to get inside bigger men with footwork and head movement. However Pacquiao has been hurt by fighters with far less power than Margarito like Juan Manuel Marquez and eventually Manny would slow down or Antonio would catch him and overwhelm the smaller man. I haven’t seen margarito fights but If he’s that good. I don’t think pacman will back down a fight against margarito. Pacquiao is the kind of fighter who likes to fight stronger opponents. He likes to be the underdog. Just like when he first fought barrera when he (barrera) was on his prime (2003).The challenge like this will make pacman more excited more motivated to train harder to become the best boxer that he can be.

  2. News Flash, Nobody cares about this fight between two known CHEATERS. They can’t even fight in Las Vegas Nevada!!! What a joke….~Las Vegas Nevada is where true champions fight~
    Good Luck Bob Arum selling this bout, they can fight in a barn in Mexico for all I care.

    Bob won’t get a dime from me or the High Rollers in Vegas and those are facts. So, I say have fun fighting for pennies Margocheato and Poochiao you both deserve eachother good luck fighting for Sergio Martinez’s belt.

  3. Here’s A true story about the most underrated Welterweight in the world. (Miguel Angel Cotto) here are some achievements which argue why Cotto should be placed on the same mantle that Floyd Money Mayweather Jr. sits on. To start off, Cotto beat and K.O. “Super” Zab Judah Something Floyd was not able to do. Cotto then beat Shane Mosley in a close fight nevertheless won (3) years before Floyd decided to take on Mosley in May of this year.

    One point I must stress, Floyd was in the Welter weight class before Cotto came to the welter weight class so why didn’t Ricky Hatton want to fight Cotto when Cotto was in 140 class??? Ricky and Cotto were there for years could it be Ricky didn’t want to fight Cotto??? Who knows, Ricky could run but couldn’t hide as he was K.O. by Floyd in 2007. In 2008 after Floyd left with out fighting Cotto, Cotto decided to fight Margocheato a Boxer that Floyd was scared to fight even for 8 million Dollars that’s a fact. It turns out to be a great duck by Floyd because Margocheato cheated against Cotto and was given a T.K.O. over Cotto.

    Cotto in 2009 fought no name Jennings and little know Clottey. Cotto beat them both only to fight another cheater in Manny PacGwire. Poochiao got a questionable T.K.O. over Cotto and the reason why I say Questionable is Poochiao doesn’t like to take BLOOD test. I give Floyd a lot of credit for exposing a cheater like PacGwire. Everyone now at days must take a blood test in order to get a job could it be Manny Poochiao is Cheating?

    In 2010, the critics reared their ugly heads and decided that Cotto was done as a fighter. Boy what a mistake, with new trainer Manny Stewart running things in the Cotto camp Cotto went on to Dismantle Foreman in New Yankees Stadium by way of K.O. So, with Money Mayweather coming off his win over Shane Mosley who Cotto beat (3 years) earlier why not make Floyd vs Cotto???

    You know this is where I won’t give credit to Floyd if he doesn’t fight Cotto. Floyd had a chance to fight Cotto in 2008 and didn’t he was “retired”. Now the opportunity is here again in 2010 Cotto is ready for all Olympic Blood tests which we all know PacGwire is not ready for. Could it be the ROIDS??? Anyway, Cotto and Floyd are both coming off wins and it would solve the argument of what if Floyd actually fought a tough Champion like Cotto.

    So, now you all know why Cotto is the most Underrated Welter Weight in the World I hope Floyd makes the Fight with Cotto. Win or lose. I would give Money Mayweather much more respect just for fighting Cotto. Come on Floyd, Cotto got no problems with Olympic Style Blood testing Make the fight happen.

  4. I crack up every time you call Manny, “PacGwire”.

    My guess as to why Floyd/Cotto won’t happen is because Cotto is promoted by Arum and GBP and Top Rank aren’t really on speaking terms.

    And there’s that whole Floyd not really wanting a piece of him thing too. Heh.

  5. I cracked up when I first heard the nickname PacGwire too. How appropriate wouldn’t you say?

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