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Floyd calls out Pacquiao: Don't believe the hype

HBO Sports president Ken Hershman told a group

HBO Sports president Ken Hershman told a group of boxing writers during his introductory news conference at HBO's Manhattan office that the back-and-forth between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather has become an obstacle to making other bouts. Credit: Getty Images

So Floyd Mayweather called out Manny Pacquiao, big deal.

Here’s exactly what Mayweather tweeted on Tuesday: “Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see.”

While Mayweather’s tweet is probably genuine and he definitely wants the fight happen, there’s still no reason to believe the two sides will agree to a fight, much less on May 5.

Need proof of this? Top Rank boss Bob Arum and Golden Boy Promotions are blood enemies right now. Arum and Mayweather don’t have a good relationship. And when was the last time Arum and Golden Boy co-promoted a big fight?

It’s also worth noting that most of Top Rank’s big fights over the last couple of years have been in-house bouts. The Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto bout was in-house. Cotto-Antonio Margarito was also an in-house bout. Shane Mosley had to cut ties with Golden Boy to fight Pacquiao.

A proposed bout between one of Golden Boy’s top youngsters, Canelo Alvarez and Top Rank’s Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has also been brushed aside by Arum.

Money usually talks these days. Promoters usually put aside their differences when there’s big money on the line. But that hasn’t been the case thus far. A Pacquiao-Mayweather bout would figure to generate a purse of at least $100 million and a pay-per-view draw somewhere near three million.

Further proof became evident two years ago when Mayweather’s advisor Leonard Ellerbe practically called then-head of HBO sports Ross Greenburg a liar, claiming that secret negotiations between the Mayweather and Pacquiao camps never took place.

Aside from that, the promotion of a fight of this magnitude takes several months to put together. If a fight between the two were to take place on May 5, all papers, contracts and deals need to be signed, sealed and delivered and the press tour needs to begin quickly.

The bottom line is we’ll believe it when we see it.

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