A new chapter in the ongoing saga between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was written this week when the notion of a May 5 match-up in Las Vegas was teased with “Money” Mayweather providing the bait, Tweeting a message to Pacquiao challenging him to the bout. However, Pacquiao’s camp isn’t biting, meaning fans will ultimately be left waiting even longer to see the long-anticipated fight materialize if it ever actually does.
According to Pacquiao’s people the issue has to do with seating capacity as the MGM Grand, where the fight would take place, can only host about 17,000 people while a new 45,000 seat venue is in the process of being built right now. The difference, according to the popular Filipino’s financial manager, could be upwards of $30 million.
“Why would I tell Manny to fight on the 5th and throw away a percentage of 30 million? That’s crazy,” he said in a conversation with ESPN. However, he left the door open as well saying late May might be more realistic based on the larger stadium’s construction.
However, an issue with that could relate to Mayweather Jr. heading to jail on June 1 where he’ll serve 90 days due to assault charges. Regardless, for now, it appears Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Jr. remains little more than a dream of fight fans.
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