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Promoter says Pacquiao-Mayweather bout is off

The super fight was tentatively scheduled for March 13th. From AP-

Manny Pacquiao’s promoters said his prospective bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. was dead late Wednesday night after a mediation session failed to resolve the fighters’ differences, scrapping what was likely to be the richest fight in boxing history.

The bout was slated for March 13 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, but Top Rank said it couldn’t reach an agreement with Golden Boy Promotions, which represented Mayweather in the negotiations, after nine hours of mediation Tuesday and more discussions Wednesday.

Although neither side was allowed to publicly discuss the specifics of their dispute, Mayweather apparently balked at a compromise in the drug-testing issues first raised by the former welterweight champion.

Pacquiao is now suing Mayweather for defamation. Honestly, I think this is really all hype to promote the fight. It’s been done before, create a ‘controversy’ in the days leading up to an event. This so the event or product is constantly in the news. IMHO, the word of boxing promoters can be relied on about as much as political campaign promises.

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