By Ed Baylor: The Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr negotiations got some potentially good news on Friday with Pacquiao’s business manager Michael Koncz telling the media that the deadline of January 31st that Pacquiao set earlier this month for Mayweather to put his John Hancock on a contract for the Pacquiao fight has now been lifted by Koncz and Pacquiao. In other words, they’re both now willing to take as much time as needed to get the final negotiation points agreed on for the mega-fight on 5/2.
What caused Koncz and Pacquiao to end the deadline was a chance meeting they had with Mayweather at the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat game last Tuesday. They spoke Mayweather in depth later at Manny’s Miami hotel, and Koncz and Pacquiao had a good meeting with the 37-year-old Mayweather. The meeting was productive in that they found out what was holding Mayweather back from signing off on the deal. Those two items are currently being taken care of so that the fight can get done.
“I don’t want to talk about it (deadline) anymore. If it happens, it happens; if it don’t happen, it don’t happen,” said Konz to Spin.ph. “As long as it takes, we’re not going to set (deadlines) or cast it in stone. We’ve established a good relationship with Floyd. I expect that something will be done sooner, I am not concerned with deadlines.”
The money is just too good for Pacquiao and Konz to spoil it with another deadline like the one that ruined the 2009 negotiations. Pacquiao isn’t the A-side in the negotiations with Mayweather, which is why it’s not a good idea for him to be throwing his weight around, at least not against this fighter. Pacquiao gets his way in negotiations with his other opponents, because none of them have the cache that Mayweather has in terms of popularity with boxing fans and with his huge PPV numbers.
Earlier this month, Pacquiao said that if the fight doesn’t get made with Mayweather this time then he thinks they never will.
With all the money on the table for the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, it makes no sense for them not agree to a fight. It would take each of them 3-4 fights for them to make the kind of money they can make fighting each other.