"I don't know any more. I've never been in this area before."
That's Bob Arum, when asked if the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather bout is in jeopardy. With a little over 3 weeks to go, promoters from both sides are still bickering over contract details and allocation of rooms and tickets from MGM. Arum spoke to Yahoo! Sports about it:
"Fight?" he said in a thunderous tone. "We've got nothing. They're [the MGM] going around saying, 'The fight, the fight, blah, blah, blah,' but they got nothing. They have no contract. Nothing. We haven’t even seen a draft. … What is happening now is absolutely intolerable. For the MGM to think that everything is resolved and so forth, when nobody has even discussed terms, is the most insane thing ever."
"Allocation of tickets [is a significant issue]. How many is the MGM taking? How many are available for the public? Under our contract, Mayweather [Promotions] and us are supposed to get an equal number of tickets. … The point is, this is a whole smelly situation that the MGM has gotten themselves into. What about rooms? How many rooms are you allocating to us? We’re three weeks out. How can we not know that?"
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe has responded saying that it's a non-issue and proceeded to take some jabs at Arum:
"The bottom line is this: Bob cannot stomach the fact that he is not the lead promoter. Reality has set in, and this is typical Bob. My responsibility is to ensure every deal is done properly, to benefit the fighters and the event."
"This is typical Bob. He has in his possession a draft term sheet with all the deal points. I have been in communication with him and have updated him every step along the way on what is going on and getting his feedback, etc.
After the original story was published, Arum has stated that the draft of the MGM contract was finally received and sent to the lawyers for review. This could end up to be a minor road bump in the grand scheme of things, but it is interesting to see how the two promoters are still blowing up in public.