Optimism for an agreement on a May 2 Floyd Mayweather fight with Manny Pacquiao seems to be fading with each passing day. Instead of working to reach a deal, various sides seem intent on blaming others for the lack of progress.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum had said before the Super Bowl he expected the deal to be done “within the next couple of days.” But that window has come and gone. Pacquiao and Mayweather already are drawing up alternative plans should they have to seek another opponent. That’s never a good sign.
“We’re not standing in the way of this fight,” said an insider from HBO who was attending the press conference to announce Wladimir Klitschko’s heavyweight title defense against Bryant Jennings at the Garden on April 25. “It’s up to the fighters to make a deal.”