Despite early reports that Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao was a done deal, the boxing "super fight" that could prove to be the richest in the history of the "sweet science" is not made yet, according to one half of the pugilistic participants.
From the "Money" Instagram account:
Laying back, relaxing, enjoying good weather, palm trees and piña coladas. While they continue to lie about making the fight... I'm just going to continue to travel and explore the world on my private jet. #FightNotMadeYet #Jamaica
So, what's the big hold up?
While both Mayweather and Pacquiao appear to be willing to play ball, the networks they fight for -- Showtime and HBO, respectively, are having a hard time settling on who gets what. Of particular importance is the replay of the potentially record-breaking showdown.
There are substantial issues to be resolved between Showtime, which has Mayweather under contract, and HBO, which has an exclusive deal with Pacquiao. An impasse in those talks is HBO's insistence on being able to show the replay of the pay-per-view, one source said. When the networks worked out a deal in 2002 to broadcast the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis fight, they agreed to give the replay to the network of the fighter who won. Lewis stopped Tyson and so HBO showed the replay. That issue has yet to be resolved for a potential Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. There also remain issues on the promotional end of the deal.
Sorry fight fans, while there is still a pretty good chance this fight gets made, especially considering everyone involved stands to get even richer from it happening, we're no closer than we were 7-10 days ago, which is when we first got the 7-10 day deadline.
There's always tomorrow!