Team Mayweather breaks its silence
The public silence has broken in Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s camp, following a midnight Friday announcement by Manny Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, that other opponents would be sought instead of waiting to hear from Mayweather.
Arum said he had dealt with HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg as a mediator in talks to stage a Nov. 13 super-fight that would be expected to become the most lucrative event in the sport's history. However, Arum said Greenburg stopped receiving communication from Team Mayweather.
Monday, Mayweather's lead advisor, Leonard Ellerbe, released this statement under the headline, "Someone's Lying":
"Here are the facts: Al Haymon [Mayweather's manager], [Mayweather advisor] Richard Schaefer and myself speak to each other on a regular basis and the truth is no negotiations have ever taken place nor was there ever a deal agreed upon by Team Mayweather or Floyd Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao on November 13. Either Greenburg or Bob Arum is not telling the truth, but history tells us who is lying."
There was no other information released about what Mayweather plans to do next, or if he'll attempt to make a deal to fight Pacquiao before the Filipino superstar opts to fight either Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto, both of whom are also promoted by Arum.
-- Lance Pugmire
Photo: Floyd Mayweather Jr. flexes after a round against Shane Mosley during the welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images