Bernard Hopkins On Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight: ‘If Floyd Mayweather Really Wants To Fight, He Would Be Announcing It Right Now’

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IN PHOTO: WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (L) joins WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. on stage during a news conference at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 30, 2014. Mayweather will take on WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana of Argentina in a WBC/WBA unification fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 3. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

Fans are starting to cast their doubts that the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is going to happen as both camps fail to come to terms for an agreement as days pass by. Recently, former world light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins has expressed his doubts that a showdown between Mayweather and Pacquiao will take place, at least not on Cinco De Mayo weekend.

“I think if Floyd Mayweather really wants to fight him (Pacquiao), he would be announcing it right now,” Hopkins told Boxing Scene. “That’s one side to look at it.”

Mayweather has said that he intends to fight on May 2 regardless of who his next opponent is. Pacquiao remains the frontrunner for Mayweather’s next fight. However, the negotiations are still taking place. It has been said that small but significant details are currently being discussed. Still, a deal is yet to be achieved.

Hopkins insisted that he doesn’t have any firsthand information about the ongoing negotiations regarding the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. He said it is just his “gut feeling” that Mayweather doesn’t really have any desire to fight Pacquiao in May. He also admitted that his intuitive feeling may be wrong, but his theory is that Mayweather, who has two more fights left in his Showtime contract, would want to fight Pacquiao last. “If we start getting into the end of February and the start of March, people are not going to talk about him fighting Pacquiao,” Hopkins added.

Hopkins said that if the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is going to happen, a deal has to be reached quickly because the undefeated fighter wouldn’t want the same thing that happened during his fight with Marcos Maidana, where they had little time to promote the bout, resulting in low pay-per-view numbers.

Hopkins wouldn’t be the first want to convey his doubts about the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight purportedly staged to be done on May 2. Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez also believes that Mayweather would want to fight Pacquiao in September, which would be Mayweather’s last fight with Showtime.

In yet another case of cynicism that encircles the mega-buck fight between the undefeated fighter and the eight-division Filipino world champion, World Boxing Organization President Francisco Valcarcel said in an interview with Fight Hype that he also doesn’t think that it will happen on May 2. According to Valcarcel, there are just too many debatable areas, involving HBO and Showtime, for one, which could prevent the fight from taking place.

The super fight has gone into its sixth year of negotiations. Fans are still hoping that everyone involved will be able to iron out the differences and give them the fight that they are longing to see.

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