Tickets for Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao have yet to go on sale as a row continues to rumble on between the rival promotional companies.
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There are just 10 days remaining before the biggest fight in boxing history takes place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2, but there is no actual contract that has been signed for the bout.
No tickets have been printed for the event neither have tickets for closed-circuit viewing at the MGM Hotels gone on sale as the promotional companies continue to exchange words through the media over the reason behind the hold up.
It is certainly a shocking situation given the magnitude of the event, but Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, are both insistent that the blame lies with the other party.
While it is expected that the situation will be resolved in time for next Saturday, it is still unclear as to how the warring pair will eventually come to an agreement in order to get the contract signed which in turn will leave thousands of nervous fans awaiting news.
“We agreed that we would all be signatories on the final contract and then they sent us a draft of the agreement and it excluded us,” Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, told ESPN.
Arum insisted that Mayweather Promotions essentially don’t want them to have any say in the production and decision-making processes of fight night, but Ellerbe has contested that and insisted that it is Arum and Top Rank who are creating the issue.
“The only conspiracy, in my opinion, exists with him trying to conspire with his lawyers to change the terms of the agreement. I assure you that nothing underhanded is going on and the reference to this back-alley stuff is ridiculous.”
Both Arum and Ellerbe were adamant that an agreement would be reached and that the fight would go ahead, but it is certainly a farcical situation and distraction that the fighters are arguably being shielded from as the promoters continue to fail to come to an agreement.
Mayweather and Pacquiao have regularly shared videos from their respective training camps, and it is fair to say that both fighters look in supreme condition ahead of the biggest fight of their careers.
Despite all the nonsense going on with the negotiations, it still promises to be an enthralling encounter between two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport and fight week will be a spectacle in itself with various events taking place in Vegas in the build-up to the main event.