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Pacquiao vs Mayweather: Manny's Site Says He Will Fight on May 5, But Did He Really Say That?

Off in the distance, people care about Pacquiao vs Mayweather. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Off in the distance, people care about Pacquiao vs Mayweather. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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An "official statement" released on Manny Pacquiao's web site says, "Manny Pacquiao agrees to fight May 5th."

However, the actual quote from Pacquiao says nothing about May 5, and it appears to have been taken from a TV report in the Philippines on January 11, which would essentially make this old news.

"To all of my fans...Mayweather just needs to agree to and accept a 50 percent split, and if he does, then the fight will go through. He's the one who needs to agree."

"He's the one who has to say yes. The reason is because he talks to a lot of people. He has a lot of representatives. If he takes the fight, he can make $50-to-60 million. That's how much he can make."

"I want to fight him. This is the fight the world wants. Mayweather wants a guaranteed purse, so what he has to do is get a promoter who can give him the guarantee," said Pacquiao.

"I don't have problems getting a guarantee because I have a promoter who will give me my guaranteed purse. If he gets a guarantee, then we are going to share the revenue on a 50-50 basis."

Basically, what my point here is, is that this means nothing, so if you encounter the news that Pacquiao has said he's ready to fight on May 5, take it with a ... actually, screw the salt, just don't take it seriously. It would be a liberal interpretation of the things he's said at best, or so it appears.

Bob Arum is, at last notice, holding firm on the fight happening no sooner than "late May," but he does say that he'll guarantee Manny's purse, and that if Mayweather wants to cut a deal with Arum, he'll promote the fight -- for a share of Mayweather's revenue as well as Manny Pacquiao's. Like I said before, that's not ridiculous or anything. That's just a promoter acting like a promoter. If he puts the money in, he wants his share.

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