Top Rank boss Bob Arum has informed WBN that a mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is not set to be finalized before next week.
The has been several reports in the media that the eagerly-anticipated pay-per-view clash could be announced as early as this Sunday, with some going as far as stating that during this weekend’s Super-Bowl would be the chosen time.
Arum stated that this is not the case when contacted by World Boxing News on Saturday afternoon though as speculation mounts that the pound for pound rivals are almost ready to seal a $250m contest to be televised on both Showtime and HBO.
Mayweather v Pacquiao is seven years and two failed attempts in the making and is set to be the highest grossing boxing match of all time, eclipsing anything seen before and overhauling classic match-ups like Lennox Lewis v Mike Tyson and ‘Money’ himself against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.
Talk of the fight finally being made began immediately after Pacquiao had easily taken care of Chris Algieri in Macau, China last November, even leading to Mayweather himself calling out the Filipino on a live airing of ShoBox a month later. Add to that the fact that Mayweather and Pacquiao met each other face-to-face for the very first time last week in Miami and have since met up again to mull over the finer details of giving the fans the encounter they have craved for so long.
Right now, it looks as though everybody will have to wait a touch longer for the official confirmation, although that could come before the end of next week to give the participants a full three months to prepare for the biggest fight of their title-laden careers.