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Promoter Bob Arum has revealed that there is “no hard deadline” on talks between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to make their fight on May 2.
Arum noted earlier this week that he was growing frustrated with the lack urgency being show from Mayweather’s camp, particularly as the legal teams on the either side were sending new issues back and forth as the negotiations continued.
However, the Top Rank promoter has now insisted that there is no deadline in place and he is confident that none of the remaining points can’t be be overcome.
“We’re just trying to complete the paperwork. Floyd has dug in to fighting on May 2 and every day it takes to finalise the fight it takes away from the promotion of it. Now there’s no hard and fast deadline. Not one of the remaining points are too big to overcome,” he said, according to Boxing Scene.
Arum did not go into detail on the “remaining points” as it is widely reported that Mayweather and Pacquiao have agreed on a 60-40 purse split in favour of the American. In addition, they have agreed on the drug testing protocol, the MGM Grand as the venue, the brand of the gloves and promotional details connected to the tour.
However, many believe that a potential sticking point is still the broadcasting issue with HBO and Showtime having to agree on a joint pay-per-view telecast.
The two fighters met for the first time last week at an NBA game before meeting again later that night in Pacquiao’s hotel suite to discuss the fight privately.
As a result, the consensus was that they were nearing an agreement, however, Mayweather denied that was the case in an Instagram post over the weekend and so the wait continues for an announcement.