Millions of boxing fans from around the world feel they were misled into believing the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight negotiation was indeed taking place when Oscar de la Hoya said the fight was closer to being made.
Pacquiao and Mayweather were supposed to face off last March 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. But the talks for the fight collapsed because the boxers disagreed on the drug testing protocol.
The second attempt by the promoters to make the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight happen this year failed after Floyd Mayweather, Jr opted to ignore the proposal put forward by Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum.
Golden Boy Promotions represented by Richard Shaefer issued a statement after the lapse of Arum's deadline for Mayweather to agree to his proposal, denying there ever was a negotiation between him and Bob Arum.
Oscar de la Hoya, owner of Golden Boy Promotions, admitted in a statement to the press sometime in June that the fight was closer to being made.
Being a responsible business executive and one of the most adored boxers during his prime years in professional boxing, Oscar should have exercised prudence in making a public statement concerning the status of the fight negotiation.
But it is hard to believe that Oscar would issue such a statement if he was unaware of the ongoing talks at that time, being a professional boxer that he was and a respectable business executive.
During the later part of the negotiating process, Oscar was quoted to have said,“I think right now we are very, very close in finalizing the contracts. I can't talk right now in detail about the negotiations but I will say that we are very close,” de la Hoya reportedly said.
“I think I said it because I get the question asked so many times that, obviously, I was fed up and tired of it and I just said like, yeah, yeah, it's gonna get made ,” the 10-time world champion noted. “So it was a quick answer that I should have obviously thought about.”
Oscar said he was tired being asked about the negotiations status so many times as the reason for admitting there was indeed talks going on and that the fight is getting closer to being made.
Boxing fans think Oscar is lying and is just trying to save face.