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Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Promoters, network execs stress no deal is in place

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are close, but not quite there, as everyone continues to work on making the fight happen.

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

Promoters and TV people are still working to get Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao mega money fight squared away, with "progress" a word still being bandied about, but everyone also cautioning that there is still no official deal in place.

Michael Koncz of Team Pacquiao said "we're still working on it," while Showtime's Stephen Espinoza added that, "progress has been made." Showtime's Chris DeBlasio said, "Floyd has agreed to wanting this fight for a long time, but there is no deal in place, so there is nothing new about it."

Arum echoed Espinoza's statements -- a positive step, I suppose -- saying that progress is being made.

At this point the biggest hurdle to clear might be the deal that HBO and Showtime work out with one another. Koncz recently said that Mayweather had two specific requests, and is now indicating that those have been dealt with, including, he says, the two networks doing specials on their fighters -- Pacquiao for HBO, and Mayweather for Showtime. With HBO's "24/7" and Showtime's "All Access" having become staples for big fights in recent years, that seems perfectly reasonable in a joint production between rival networks.

There is also a question of which broadcasters would call the fight.

We're still closer than we've ever been, it seems, but not quite there. It's all very tantalizing.

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