Bridesmaid or Bride?

By Robert Ecksel on February 15, 2015
Bridesmaid or Bride?
Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza appears to have grown as bored with the fluff as anyone.

Whether it’s gossipy TMZ or the seemingly credible Gareth Davies of The Telegraph, the Big Tease continues unabated…

How many unnamed sources close to the negotiations are there?

By all appearances there are many, very many.

These unnamed sources close to the negotiations whisper sweet nothings in the ears of reporters whose love of scooping their colleagues trumps their desire to remain credible. They print what they have heard, nonchalantly and willy-nilly, bolstering their reps in the process, and when their information fizzles they slink away, only to return when the dust settles.

On one hand it’s understandable. This being boxing’s slow season, highlighted by the return of Derric Rossy and ESPN’s Boxcino Tournament, the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao looms larger than ever. The endless negotiations, chance meetings, surreptitious tête-à-têtes, statements and misstatements by principals on both sides, have kept attention at a maximum, while misinformation has become the norm, when disinformation isn’t the object.

Whether it’s gossipy TMZ or the seemingly credible Gareth Davies of The Telegraph, and all manner of major and minor journalists in between, the Big Tease continues unabated.

It was reported, for example, that Mayweather was supposed to make an announcement at the Super Bowl a couple weeks ago.

That didn’t come to pass. 

Now it’s rumored that he’ll make the grand announcement at the NBA All-Star Game.

That isn’t likely to come to pass either.

The lack of credible information is startling, but no more startling than the echo chamber in which every allegation is repeated again and again in an attempt to keep the parrot class, not even the recalcitrant fighters, front and center.

Despite the relatively positive signs, despite the breathless, mindless, irresponsible reporting, Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza, who appears to have grown as bored with the fluff as anyone, tweeted last night, “Not sure what anyone is signing since no agreement has been finalized yet. An imaginary contract, maybe. Real one not finished yet. Sorry for telling the truth.”

That might put the kibosh on the endless rumor mongering, but why let something as stupid as facts stand in the way of a good story?

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  1. shotgun517 09:51pm, 02/16/2015

    This fight ain’t gonna happen, I really don’t think Floyd wanna mix it up with Manny!

  2. Koolz 11:57am, 02/16/2015

    Irish knows what is going on!!!
    I always thought though that Pacman could beat Floyd. 
    He showed how to do it in his last fight, because that is how that fight would go, Floyd would be running around the ring countering.
    Well now….I say next year!  How long can it take to get everything going and sign the contracts.  A whole year?

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 11:07am, 02/16/2015

    Reality check: GGG clocks these two inside of two….in fact GGG puts ass blisters on everything and everyone 175 and under….period! Klitschko scorches the earth on all above 175 including the Alabama Stilt….P4P is so much politically correct horseshit to make shrimp asses feel good about themselves.

  4. Koolz 06:58am, 02/16/2015

    It could happen next year, you never know.

  5. The Barker 05:52pm, 02/15/2015

    I’m tired of this fight and it hasn’t even happened.

  6. xxxmcag72xxx 09:59am, 02/15/2015

    Come on guys this fight will never ever happen..lets face the truth and time to move gayweather has no guts to fight manny as we all know that he’s scared to death.hes using manny to promote his app and pretending that he really needs the gayweather knows that manny is the only one who can whoop his ass and put stain on his cherry picked If gayweather Really wants this fight it’s been happened 6 yrs ago.

  7. Aztec Warrior 07:46am, 02/15/2015

    Word on the street is that Floyd is awaiting medical clearance…..from his gynecologist.

  8. cyril 07:41am, 02/15/2015

    Apart from all the unknown complex reasons this fight is so painful hard and slow to make, here is the main one:

    Mayweather hates fighting a fellow star, a person with similar if not bigger media clout. Someone who is not just a mute object in the show he runs, I don’t think the obstacles for this fight happening were ever about what would happen in the ring; the risk/reward ratio was always right.
    The idea that another contemporary boxer in his weight class has mainstream media star power, goes to late night talk shows, has meetings with the president and so forth is just unbearable for Floyd’s fragile, megalomaniac ego…

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