Communication Breakdown

By Robert Ecksel on November 14, 2011
Communication Breakdown
Perhaps Richie Giachetti said it best: “I never lie. I may not tell the truth, but I never lie.”


“It’s easy to make faces at the tiger in a cage.”—Former super middleweight champion Steve Collins

Better put those big May 5th plans on hold until some date in the very distant future. The superfight to exceed all superfights—Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather—looks like it’s not going to happen after all.

Negotiations, a synonym for blowing smoke, between the two parties have broken down and fingers are pointing in every direction.

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN.com that Pacquiao’s promoter, Top Rank’s Bob Arum, wasn’t interested in having Manny fight Floyd.

“We have been informed,” a disgusted Schaefer said, “that Bob Arum is not interested in pursuing a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao at this time.”

Just last month, Schaefer was introducing Arum as “My good friend Bob Arum.” It looks like we won’t be hearing that nicety again anytime soon.

“I am sick and tired of Bob Arum twisting the truth,” said Schaefer, who I’ve told by reliable sources never told a fib or white lie in his life. “It’s another case of ‘yesterday I was lying, today I’m telling the truth.’ The truth of the matter is that we received this afternoon an email from retired federal judge Daniel Weinstein, who has informed us that Top Rank is pursuing a rematch with Marquez, and therefore is not interested in immediate talks for a possible Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. This is obviously as clear as it can be that they have no intentions of making a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Therefore, Floyd Mayweather will have no other choice than to move on and identify and lock in another opponent for his ring return on May 5.”

Rumor has it that Mayweather’s opponent may be Erik Morales. Hopefully it’s just a rumor and doesn’t pan out, because that fight would be an abomination.

To quote the late great Joe Frazier, “A boxing promise is like Confederate money—worthless and out of date.” It’s worth keeping that in mind as charges and countercharges continue to fly back and forth.

According to Arum, “We are pursuing a fourth fight with Marquez. As far as doing anything definitively, we aren’t ready to do anything definitively. When we are ready to make a determination of what we are going to do, we will do it. We are not going to do this in the press. We will do what is in the best interest of ourselves and our client and make a decision when it’s time to. If we decide we want to do a rematch with Marquez, there is no reason to sit down with Mayweather. If we want to explore a Mayweather fight, we will sit down with them. But I’m not going to sit down with them just because it’s a good show.”

Dennis Rappaport, who once promoted and managed Gerry Cooney, might have been speaking about the latest kerfuffle between Golden Boy and Top Rank when remarked, “I don’t want to tell you any half-truths unless they are completely accurate.”

Floyd’s homie Leonard Ellerbe expressed nothing but disdain for Bob Arum. “In my opinion,” he opined, “you have three cowards—Bob Arum, Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao. Now we all know the truth once and for all why this fight hasn’t been made. It should be clear to everyone that they don’t care what the fans want, especially when Floyd is ready, willing and able to fight Manny Pacquiao now. Floyd said if this isn’t clear, he doesn’t know what is.

“This is the perfect opportunity. Both guys just fought. This is the fight the fans want to see, and it’s a disgrace that they are not willing to give the fans what they want. In my opinion, there are three reasons why Arum doesn’t want the fight. He knows there is no way that Manny Pacquiao can win, it kills his cash cow, and he wants to do in-house fights where he controls both sides.”

Perhaps the trainer Richie Giachetti said it best: “I never lie. I may not tell the truth, but I never lie.”

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  1. raxman 05:53pm, 11/15/2011

    Gajjers - the marquez fight wasn’t manny’s first sub par performance. he looked mediocre against mosley too - considering mosley was completely shot by the time of that fight (it really is amazing that pac got a pass on that whole mosley thing - imagine what fight fans would say if it happened the other way around and mosley, coming off margarito was beaten 11 rounds to 1 by pac then got a gift draw vs mora and then mayweather said he wanted to fight mosley? we’d still hear people punking floyd in ten years. but manny is a nice guy. even the jmm fight was only taken coz he thought he could win it easily. the last fight pac look truly good in was vs cotto and even then cotto was so severely weight drained that pac probably looked good for a reason. i hope jmm refuses the fight but no doubt arum will throw so much money his way he’ll have to take it. by the way have we heard the patented pacquiao excuses yet - cramps or some such as to why he didnt knock marquez out?

  2. the thresher 05:47pm, 11/15/2011

    Just kidding

  3. the thresher 09:06am, 11/15/2011

    I am fast tiring of this entire situation. Enough already. I mean it’s only boxing.

  4. Gajjers 02:39am, 11/15/2011

    Of course you’d expect Team Mayweather to make a move after Manny’s sub-par showing; Team Pacquiao obviously have some regrouping to do, so their current stance makes more sense, now I’ve had time to reflect on it. I still haven’t seen the fight, but the general feeling is that Pacquiao is showing chinks in his armor, which Mayweather would be expected to further highlight, should they meet immediately. I have to say I think Marquez deserves at least as big a payday as David Haye received (but didn’t deserve, considering what he put forth) against Wladimir Klitschko, so I won’t begrudge him a 4th attempt at toppling the ‘top dog’. Both Teams Money & Manny should just hope no other fighter throws a massive monkey-wrench into the mega-fight works - hell, some may say Marquez has already done that! Let the chips fall where they may - this circus is assuming a worn, tired look to it now…

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