Pacquiao and Mayweather deal is off
Manny Pacquiao will not be squaring up to Floyd Mayweather Jr in the ring this year after the American missed Friday's deadline to agree a deal, according to promoter Bob Arum.
After Pacquiao refused to accept Mayweather's insistence on Olympic-style drug testing, initial plans for a March match-up fell through. But the Filipino has since revealed he would be willing to bend to Mayweather's demands - sparking hopes a deal could be reached for a November bout.
However, Pacquiao's promoter, Arum, has now insisted that all negotiations are over between the two camps and a new opponent for his charge is already being lined up.
"We now have to go out and secure an opponent for Manny Pacquiao assuming it won't be Floyd," Arum said.
"In the interim, while this was going on, if Floyd suddenly emerged and said he wanted to do the fight, there would be nothing opposed to getting together and doing the fight. "The deal is dead when we reach a deal with an opponent for Manny's fight in November. Then we are contractually bound to do that fight and we would look hopefully to do a fight with Floyd next year. That is the fight that we want more than all others. There is no question about it."
Pacquiao, the WBO Welterweight champion, was recently voted into office after becoming a congressman in his native Philippines and Arum admits his fighter will have to contend with a busy schedule outside of the ring.
"He has legislative duties and commitments in the Philippines and I have really short windows to do various aspects of the promotion," Arum said.
"He will be training for the fight while being a congressman and he will have to fit his training into the legislative sessions."
Pacquiao beat Joshua Clottey in his last fight on points in March while the unbeaten Mayweather dished out a punishing defeat to compatriot Shane Mosley in May.