HBO Responds To Mayo Column

The headline of this morning’s David Mayo story rang alarm bells in my head: Column: Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao happens only if latter leans on Time Warner/HBO.

Why? Because I wondered if we weren’t now reaching a point of fracture, with Floyd Mayweather, I was hoping against hope, inclined to pass on a May 2 date with The Congressman. And if that doesn’t come to pass, there will be blowback, and the blame game will ensue. I wondered if an early round of blame game prep was being floated…

Pacquiao and Arum, and by extension Time Warner/HBO, only have to stall these talks a little while longer, can say they stayed at the table beyond their end-of-January deadline, and can force the opposite side to walk away first because Mayweather has the earlier date to fulfill,” Mayo wrote on MLive.com.

Later, he wrote, “Time Warner/HBO doesn’t have the same motivation to make the fight as CBS/Showtime, whose Mayweather contract expires this year.”

I hadn’t gleaned that HBO was less motivated than the Showtime crew, so I put that construct to the HBO folks, and asked for their response.

“We are not an impediment to this fight,” HBO responded. “We stand ready to go.
The principals need to agree to terms and come to a deal.”

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

Wow! All parties need to halt the jiving and conniving. Is a match between a couple of up-in-age pugs that hard to make? No! It is not like time is on their side. The scrap is gonna be stinker anyway with Money May becoming a sinker. Dude is going to get clipped, and will go like Titanic. Against Da Manny, he will panic. Holla!


-michigan400 :

The articles, claims of done deals and blame game has reached an all new level this time around. I wish they would just get it done. I mean, if you can't work something out in 5 years of planning/thinking about it there is little to no hope. Seems like these keen "business men (or women)" would have all their ducks in a row and just be waiting for the perfect time. If they didn't, maybe they aren't as smart as we think they are. I'd be looking to make some heads roll if this doesn't get done ASAP. I don't know who is gumming up the gears here and don't really care. I think everyone involved has had blame put on them at one time or another since 2010. It's getting old and keeping fighters who want to fight out of the ring just in case they get a chance to fight one of 'em when the negotiations fail. So maybe this time when it fails we can just blame Obama. But then who's left for the failed negotiations next year? Tough spot! LOL!


-The Commish :

The fact is, while Manny and Money have each agreed in principle, that they want to face each other, no deal has been done. Nothing is in writing, there is no contract, no signed statements. There's only some pics we saw of them at a basketball game in Miami. If this fight doesn't get signed by both guys by Friday, my sources tell me there will be NO May 2 date. Don't blame the networks. Blame Manny. Blame Money. Time to start thinking about Miguel Cotto! -Randy G.


-amayseng :

Has there been anything in the history of life more difficult than getting Floyd to fight Pacman? What an embarrassment


-Pazuzu :

Has there been anything in the history of life more difficult than getting Floyd to fight Pacman? What an embarrassment
Things that are easier to accomplish in five years than getting Pacquiao and Mayweather to fight: 1) The Gatti-Ward Trilogy 2) The construction of Hoover Dam 3) World War II 4) ...


-stormcentre :

Things that are easier to accomplish in five years than getting Pacquiao and Mayweather to fight: 1) The Gatti-Ward Trilogy 2) The construction of Hoover Dam 3) World War II 4) ...
WW2 was a great "accomplishment". :)


-Pazuzu :

A poor choice of words, admittedly, but you get my drift. Australia has been at our side in every major military conflict since WWI. The U.S. has no closer ally. The Hearts and Bunnies were always a welcome sight in Iraq. : )