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Mayweather Pacquiao – Abu Dhabi unlikely site for big fight

Mayweather Pacquiao
There is no shortage of suitors who want to be part of a proposed super fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao in 2015.

Jerry Jones wants the fight at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., wants to host the fight. Of course, the MGM Grand is interested. And last week, a group of businessmen from the United Arab Emirates said it wanted to bring the fight to Abu Dhabi.

Akbar Muhammad, speaking for the unnamed consortium, said it would pay $200 million in purses to the fighters, with Mayweather getting 60 to 70 percent. Muhammad said he has not spoken directly to Mayweather, his manager, Al Haymon, or Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions.

Top Rank chairman Bob Arum is aware of the proposal but said it’s unlikely to come to fruition.

“Nobody’s met any of these guys,” he said. “Can you go to the bank with any of them? Of course not. If they were serious, Mayweather would make them put the money in an account, and from what I understand, Floyd hasn’t talked to these guys.

“From where I sit, it’s a nonstarter. Frankly, I don’t want any more proposals for Pacquiao. I’m dealing with (CBS chairman) Les Moonves. That’s the road I chose to travel. Where it leads? I don’t know.”

Arum said there’s nothing new to report. He said there is communication between Moonves and Mayweather and between himself and Moonves.

“We’re talking, and as long as there’s dialogue, you have a chance,” Arum said.

Mayweather Pacquiao – will it happen?

For more information contact reporter Steve Carp at scarp@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2913.



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