Talks for the long-awaited megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio are continuing. While a May 2 date has been established and promoter Bob Arum has said a deal is about to be finalized, nothing has yet to be set in stone.

There have been reports that HBO is less interested than Showtime in making the fight happen. HBO has a contract with Pacquaio while Mayweather has two more fights to go in a contract with Showtime. Reportedly, Showtime wants to finish off its contract with Mayweather with a huge pay per view fight.

According to, HBO wants to wait until Mayweather’s contract with Showtime expires and schedule the fight next year. HBO has issued a statement to the contrary denying that it’s the reason why a contract has yet to be signed. The statement is as follows:

“We are not an impediment to this fight. We stand ready to go. The principals need to agree to terms and come to a deal.”

Whatever the holdup, fans want the fight to happen now. Both men are not getting any younger and any delay will just anger fans who have been clamoring for a Mayweather-Pacquaio fight for years.

HBO and Showtime have to get together and agree soon otherwise the May 2 window will lapse and fans will have to wait yet again. It’s a dog-and-pony show that fans have been watching for a long time and hope that will end with a huge fight very soon.

[Multichannel News]

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Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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