Mayweather told Pacquiao to ‘stop lying’ at Heats game, says source
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By Chris Williams: Last night, Floyd Mayweather Jr confronted Manny Pacquiao and his personal adviser Michael Koncz at the Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks game in Miami, Florida. Mayweather was seen talking to Pacquiao in an animated fashion while Pacquiao stayed silent mostly while nodding his head. While no one knows what words were exchanged, an unnamed source told Fighthype that what Mayweather allegedly told Pacquiao was to ‘stop lying’ about him having signed the contract for a fight between them.
This unnamed source apparently was close enough to hear Mayweather’s words that he said to Pacquiao. None of this has been confirmed by other people who witnessed the conversation or by the fighters themselves. Mayweather, Pacquiao and Koncz have been silent about what was said during the meeting.
According to the source from Fighthype, Pacquiao was “speechless as Mayweather repeated, ‘stop lying,’ and asked Pacquiao ‘what contract’ that he signed, because there reportedly is no contract yet. The source said that Koncz brought up Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum’s name at that point.
If what the source is saying is true, then it might help explain why Pacquiao looked so sheepish as Mayweather was finishing up his brief took. Mayweather did all the talking for the most part while Pacquiao silently listened to him.
“We did meet and chat but I don’t want to say what we discussed,” Koncz said via Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. “It was a private discussion. They had a private, friendly discussion, and that’s all I really want to say.”
If the conversation was a negative one for Pacquiao, it’s not surprising that Koncz was not in the mood to discuss what was said.
They’re still dealing with what Dan Rafael of ESPN.com calls a “deal memo” of negotiation points that they’re trying to agree on. It’s unclear why Pacquiao is telling Mayweather to sign a contract when there isn’t a contract for him to sign. Does Pacquiao think the deal memo is a contract, and if so, who told him it was? There’s obviously a big difference between a deal memo and a contract. You would like to think that Pacquiao would know the difference between the two of them at this advanced stage in his career.
As much as some boxing fans want to see the Mayweather-Pacquiao meeting in a positive light, given that they finally had a chance to speak with each other, this conversation, if this an accurate one, suggests that the fight is still far from a done deal.
If Mayweather gave Pacquiao a tongue lashing last night at the Heats game for him talking about contracts, then I don’t see the fight as being any closer to taking place than it was before. For the fight to take place, it’s going to take some agreement on the deal points in the memo that the two fighters are passing to each other.
It might also take Pacquiao extending his January 31st deadline to the end of February in order to give two fighters, as well as Showtime and HBO, to complete the negotiations. There’s only three more days left before the end of the month, and it’s just unreasonable to assume that they’ll be done with the negotiations by then. We’re talking about adults here, and you can’t get a fight made quickly by setting up deadlines as if you’re dealing with a child or a student in school.
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