MANILA - Boxing promoter Bob Arum has reportedly said that the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight can still be worked out, with 2 out of 4 issues between HBO and Showtime already resolved.
In Tim Dahlberg’s report in Associated Press, Arum said that the rival networks have settled how to broadcast the super bout between Pacquiao and Mayweather.
The network war has been one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the mega bout. Mayweather currently fights exclusively under Showtime while HBO owns the airing rights of Pacquiao’s fights.
"We had four issues and we resolved two," said Arum. "Now we're working on resolving the other two. Unless something else comes up at the last minute, that's what my take is."
Stephen Espinoza of Showtime Sports said there is still no total agreement between the 2 networks.
Espinoza said they still have to resolve serious issues regarding the broadcast rights. Although he is confident that a deal can be worked out, he stressed that the negotiations are still far from being done.
"There are a few significant issues remaining on both the fighter side and the network side of this deal," Espinoza said. "While we are optimistic, it's a bit premature to say that the networks are in total agreement."
‘Arum part of problem'
Meanwhile, Yahoo! Sports’ fight analyst Kevin Iole said that Arum’s premature pronouncements may have been hurting the chances of the bout being done.
Iole said the negotiations are at a sensitive stage as the May 2 fight date quickly approaches.
“Arum's insistence on public comments are clearly an impediment to reaching a deal. That is one point that people on both sides of the aisles in these talks agree about,” he said.
“Top Rank president Todd duBoef is irate at Arum, his step-father, but has essentially thrown his hands up in the air and said he can't control Arum. Even Pacquiao's team has gotten upset at Arum's willingness to go on the record with comments that often don't add up.”