And here we go with the mess.
Adviser Leonard Ellerbe says that there were no negotiations between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, according to ESPN.com, despite Top Rank claiming that Mayweather had until midnight this past Friday to decide whether or not to accept an offer from Top Rank and Pacquiao.
"Here are the facts. Al Haymon, Richard Schaefer and myself speak to each other on a regular basis, and the truth is no negotiations have ever taken place, nor was there ever a deal agreed upon by Team Mayweather or Floyd Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 13. Either Ross Greenburg or Bob Arum is not telling the truth, but history tells us who is lying."
Bob Arum repeatedly called this new development "absurd":
"This is like absurd unreality. I'm not going to be party to this [expletive]. ... Why they're doing this is absurd. What is motivating them to put something like this out? I'm not going to speculate but what are they doing? Schaefer said there was a gag order. Who could there be a gag order from if there were no negotiations? From the sky? What they said was absurd, but why did they say this?"
Without going into great detail, because enough ink, zeroes and ones, breath and thought has been wasted on this non-event, I'll just say that clearly, someone here has gone plum bonkers. I don't know who it is, but someone here is not playing with a full deck.