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Floyd Mayweather accused of lacking urgency in Manny Pacquiao fight negotiatons

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Today marks the third of February and still we wait for official confirmation of a Manny Pacquiao - Floyd Mayweather fight.

We are now over 50 hours past Manny Pacquiao's original end of January deadline placed on fight negotiations and today the Filipino's promoter, Bob Arum, placed doubt on whether the much hyped bout will take place.

Not there yet

Speaking to ESPN the Top Rank promoter put pressure on Mayweather and his team to show more urgency - claiming the proposed May 2nd fight date is increasingly precarious.

"The thing that really concerns me is that we are running out of time for May 2," - Bob Arum on fight concerns.

"If you want to drag this out a little longer then move the fight to later in May - May 30 is a good date - or go in June. We agreed to go on May 2 because that is the date that Mayweather is hung up on, but if we're going to go on May 2 we need to get this done."

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After much toing and froing it had, towards the end on January, looked like there could be an announcement coming.

Speculation that confirmation would come during Sunday's Super Bowl came after "positive" and "friendly" discussions between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather at a recent face to face meeting in Miami (their first ever in-person meeting). 

No urgency

There the main concerns seemed to stem from TV Network right issues. Now though Arum has criticized Mayweather's corner - claiming their lack of urgency is becoming a major problem.

"There are issues that should be solved in 10 minutes, but it's a slow dance.

"We send one draft to their side and their lawyer sends back a draft with something else that's an issue. And there doesn't seem to be any urgency about it on their side. It's terrible."

Arum went on to question whether Mayweather truly wanted the fight against his long-time rival, or whether he was simply "playing a game" at this stage of his career.

Only one side making compromises

It certainly looks like it is Manny Pacquiao who is pushing forward negotiations at this point with the Filipino veteran having caved into Mayweather's demands throughout the early negotation.

As well as accepting a 40-60 split of the money pot in the US fighter's favor, Pacquiao has also agreed to go with Mayweather's drug testing protocol - not to mention the date and venue of the fight.

Should negotiations fall through it is believed that Pacquiao and Arum will seek a fight with British boxer Amir Khan on May 30.

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