Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Merchant hints megafight will happen

HBO boxing guru Larry Merchant knows something most people don’t.

“Yes, I do believe it is going to happen in November,” the inquisitive boxing commentator told The Boxing Truth Radio over the weekend.

Of course, he was referring to the superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., which to many observers is still far from happening.

There’s the continuing argument on the blood-testing procedure, and the perceived disagreement on the purse split, as the reasons why the fight is far off.

But Merchant, a former sportswriter whose thoughts have become the most respected in boxing, gave a hint of something he must have seen or heard.

That the fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather, one that could earn around $40 million for each boxer, may just take place on Nov. 13, as planned, as scheduled.

But he won’t let it all out.

“What exclusively I have heard, I cannot reveal entirely, but I think most of the issues have been resolved. It does not mean they won’t find something else,” he was quoted by The Examiner as saying.

That’s good enough to hear when almost everything that’s being printed and aired are about the difficulties of making the fight that the whole planet wants to see happens.

Bob Arum of Top Rank is trying his darn best to make it happen, and is on a silent mode as he tries to break the ice with the Mayweather people and get the talks going.

Not even Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s chief trainer, knows what’s going on.

“I don’t know what’s going on. I’m staying out of it. I just know Manny will be fighting someone in November. We hope the opponent is Mayweather. If not, we’ll find someone else and we’ll be ready,” he said.

Roach told boxingscene.com that if the Mayweather fight happens, it’s when the whole world will see who the best fighter is. He doesn’t have any doubt that it’s Pacquiao.

“You can see in the (Shane) Mosley fight that his (Mayweather) legs are not there. He’s (Mayweather) a very good fighter, but my guy is better and I know my guy can beat him,” Roach vowed.

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