Manny Pacquiao’s Camp Calls Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Talk About May 5 Fight ‘a Joke’

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The boxing world got at least a little bit excited on Thursday, after Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s adviser spoke about a plan for the undefeated Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao on May 5 at the MGM Grand.

A day later, though, Pacquiao's camp is saying not so fast.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com that Leonard Ellerbe's comments hardly count as plans for a fight.

"You don't just come out and say, 'The fight is May 5 at the MGM.' What kind of negotiation is that?" Arum told ESPN. "So I don't take what they said seriously.

"It's noise and it probably helps my Pacquiao-Marquez event [on Nov. 12]," Arum later added. "I'm happy with it. It's out there. But it's a joke. You don't negotiate this way. The reason I don't take it seriously is why make an announcement now? Why now? How do you justify it? What's the hurry?"

Arum guessed that Mayweather's camp just wanted to get some attention as Pacquiao prepares to fight Juan Manuel Marquez and that it is "some Mickey Mouse agenda."

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