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Mayweather-Pacquiao now requires a mediator

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Floyd-mayweather-manny-pa-001_medium From Dan Rafael at ESPN.com:

Mediator Daniel Weinstein will preside over the meeting in Santa Monica, Calif. Weinstein, a retired federal judge, also mediated the acrimonious dispute that kept Top Rank, Pacquiao's promoter, and Golden Boy, which represents Mayweather, from doing fights together for almost two years.

"We're going into mediation," Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, told ESPN.com. "This guy was successful resolving our nutty problem before and hopefully he can be successful this time. He's a guy who is a big fight fan and loves the sport, and I found him last time to be a delight to deal with. Everybody did."

In a statement Monday to ESPN.com, Weinstein said the sides accepted the mediation without any conditions.

Weinstein last mediated between Top Rank and Golden Boy when the companies were fighting in 2007 over the promotional rights to Pacquiao.

Just another step. I'm mostly still convinced that this fight happens on March 13, but then I also think the fast escalation of all this mess has really turned a lot of people off. It went from, "Wow, that's gonna happen," to reports of Pacquiao fighting Yuri Foreman, and I get the feeling a lot of folks just went, "Typical boxing bulls**t."

Maybe, and maybe not. But time's getting short to get the standard promotion in for March 13, so we'll find out soon here.

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