Pesky Press Corners HBO’s Hershman on #MayPac

HBO boxing boss Ken Hershman isn’t so keen on regular back and forths with media. But of course, that is his right.

He will chat with us, but not on an intermittent basis; no, he’s not like an Al Haymon, who speaks to us every other Neveruary, but he doesn’t thrive on that element of the position.

HBO put out a statement a couple days ago after some stories went out which laid blame at their feet, and portrayed HBO as the ones gumming up the works to making #MayPac. Confession: that struck me as ludicrous, because in my mind, A+ Side Floyd could snap his fingers and make this thing a done deal. Why he hasn’t only he and maybe one or two other people know, I surmise…

But I tend to think HBO wouldn’t stand in the way of making a best-faith effort for their leading man, Manny Pacquiao, who so dearly wants to fight “Money.” Not if they want to continue to do business with him…why would they risk his ire? Plus they make decent money doing #MayPac, even though, yes, they note that lots of revenue goes up in smoke when fights are offered on PPV (ie such as 50% goes to the platform entities/carriers).

Hershman attended the Wednesday presser for the April 25 Wladimir Kliitschko-Bryant Jennings fight at Madison Square Garden, which will run on HBO. He was cornered by a couple pesky press-members, and asked about the status of #MayPac. Same as it was, he said. No done deal.

Is this thing at the goal line, asked the Newsday reporter… “I don’t want to put any adjectives to it,” Hershman said. “Until there’s a deal, it doesn’t matter. We’re just hopeful that there is a deal at the end of the day.” He said that the HBO position has been consistent, they want to make the deal, they are not an “impediment.”

He said the principals, i.e. the fighters and their teams, need to get ‘er done. HBO, he reiterated, wants to do this.

“As a fight fan like you, Michael, I hope this gets made,” he continued. “We’re not doing anything to be an impediment. That’s as much as I can say, and I hope we have some great news to announce in the coming days.”

I could say from his lips to God’s ears, but I don’t see any God giving a hoot about a prizefight…but here’s hoping his wish comes true.

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-dino da vinci :

I could say from his lips to God’s ears, but I don’t see any God giving a hoot about a prizefight…but here’s hoping his wish comes true. FOLLOW WOODS ON TWITTER [url=http://www.thesweetscience.com/https://twitter.com/Woodsy1069]https://twitter.com/Woodsy1069
I don't agree. God is definitely a fight fan. God loves humans with moxie. And Who in the universe would know more about the A+ side, hmmm?


-stormcentre :

I doubt there has ever - in boxings' entire history - been a more complex set of stakeholders, commercial/legal issues, agreements and considerations to get through in order to make a fight. For Lewis V Tyson - which I think is the typically quoted reference for muti-promoter and muti-broadcaster deals, neither Tyson or Lewis were afforded anywhere near the contractual and other freedom and power Floyd has. Furthermore, even if they were, neither Tyson or Lewis were in a position - such as Floyd - where they don't, from a financial perspective, really need the money. For example, Tyson, almost immediately after Lewis beat him up, during the post match interviews, effectively (albeit implicitly) begged for a chance to do it all again. That was not because Mike loved getting beaten up. Sure, his claim was that he hadn't prepared well for the fight and had minimal time, but I think Mike knew the money was worth a beating. Just with the above considerations, and they are by no means an exhaustive list, one can easily imagine the difference between bringing; a) Mike new suggestions for contractual riders designed by Lewis and his team. b) Floyd new suggestions for contractual riders designed by Arum, HBO, and Pacquaio and his team. Floyd - unlike most fighters when their promoter and broadcaster present new contractual concepts and ideas for a proposed upcoming fight- is (even aside from the fact that there is no broadcaster and/or promoter than has a meaningfully controlling interest in his trade) in absolutely no position of compromise. I doubt there has ever been a situation like it in boxings' history. I also believe Arum knows it as much as it peeves him off. Now all we need is for a writer to take this lead and turn it into an "original" story.


-stormcentre :

I doubt there has ever - in boxings' entire history - been a more complex set of stakeholders, commercial/legal issues, agreements and considerations to get through in order to make a fight. For Lewis V Tyson - which I think is the typically quoted reference for muti-promoter and muti-broadcaster deals, neither Tyson or Lewis were afforded anywhere near the contractual and other freedom and power Floyd has. Furthermore, even if they were, neither Tyson or Lewis were in a position - such as Floyd - where they don't, from a financial perspective, really need the money. For example, Tyson, almost immediately after Lewis beat him up, during the post match interviews, effectively (albeit implicitly) begged for a chance to do it all again. That was not because Mike loved getting beaten up. Sure, his claim was that he hadn't prepared well for the fight and had minimal time, but I think Mike knew the money was worth a beating. Just with the above considerations, and they are by no means an exhaustive list, one can easily imagine the difference between bringing; a) Mike new suggestions for contractual riders designed by Lewis and his team. b) Floyd new suggestions for contractual riders designed by Arum, HBO, and Pacquaio and his team. Floyd - unlike most fighters when their promoter and broadcaster present new contractual concepts and ideas for a proposed upcoming fight- is (even aside from the fact that there is no broadcaster and/or promoter than has a meaningfully controlling interest in his trade) in absolutely no position of compromise. I doubt there has ever been a situation like it in boxings' history. I also believe Arum knows it as much as it peeves him off. Now all we need is for a writer to take this lead and turn it into an "original" story.
Just read on BoxingScene that King reckons he could have made the Pacquaio V Mayweather fight by now. With my above comments I, perhaps stupidly, overlooked the incredible possibility associated with both King and the double dose of diabolically deceptive and (sometimes) diametrically opposed deeds that he often brings to the table; for the purposes of enhancing efficiency in all areas of contract and promotion. Silly me. Of course, the inclusion of King, would drastically and dramatically simplify and expedite things. That is, at least, until everyone read the contracts. Or, at least the reduced set of them that were forwarded. ;)


-The Commish :

Or the blank contracts which were sruck in the middle! King is just grasping as the remnants of what is left of his promotional life. He lost his heavyweight champ. He is as gone as yesterday's weather! The King has fallen. Long live the King. -Randy G.


-brownsugar :

there isn't any transparency to the negotiations due to the all parties engaging in the "non-disclosure" tactics being used. Yes, there are daily reports about papers being faxed back and forth to Mayweather's lawyers for mutual approval. But I doubt Floyd is sitting at a desk looking at bevy of strippers while an unsigned contract is collecting dust on a $20,000 mahogany desk in Floyd's den. His lawyers and Haymon know what Floyd wants and can act on his behalf, the way Leonard Elerby did when he agreed to both of Floyds titles being up for grabs for the first Maidana fight and subsequently got fired for it. Floyd indicated yesterday that he's not the impediment holding up the fight, which gives credence to the assertion that someone in the loop is not getting what they want... and until that issue is ironed out, it's a waiting game. Also the last two fights Floyd had, contracts were signed until the 19th and 24th of February for May 2nd. Whether that was due to TMT building anticipation or just an act of procrastination is anyone' guess. But it's definitely indicative of a pattern. But at this point, the Monster proposition i.e.... "The Fight of the Century" has all but cleared out all other options for that date,... Cotto vs Canelo is dead, Floyd or Pac versus anyone less than the genuine article will have a negative effect on both Manny and Floyd, more so on Mayweather because Pac can fight Khan, and no one else could possibly be anywhere near as lucrative for Floyd at this point in time. I think the holding pattern will break relatively soon.