FLOYD Mayweather Jr. did make an announcement during the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
But it’s not the kind of news boxing fans all over the world was anticipating.
The unbeaten fighter from Grand Rapid, Michigan stressed that no deal has yet been sealed regarding his highly-anticipated showdown against rival Manny Pacquiao.
The 37-year-old fighter was at courtside for the All-Star Game won by the West over the East, 163-158, and was interviewed by Turner Sports’ David Aldridge during the third period about an earlier report that the May 2 match - estimated to worth US$250 million - between him and Pacquiao is finally going to happen.
No such thing, was Mayweather’s quick reply.
“That’s not true,” said Floyd Jr., who received a round of boos from the New York crowd when his image was shown on the wide giant screen just above the court. “It’s all just speculation.”
The London Telegraph, quoting sources, reported over the weekend that both fighters have already agreed on the scheduled bout and an announcement may be forthcoming during the All-Star Game as Mayweather arrived at the Big Apple for the NBA All-Star Weekend.
But Floyd Jr., made it clear both parties have not yet signed anything that will make everything formal.
“I haven’t signed yet and he hasn't signed yet. It's just been speculation and rumors, but hopefully we can make the fight happen,” he added.
Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza also came on board and took to Twitter to deny that an agreement has been put in black and white.
“An imaginary contract, maybe. Real one not finished yet,” said Espinoza, who was also at the Garden for the NBA midseason festivities.
“Not sure what anyone is signing since no agreement has been finalized yet,” he added.