"I am ready to fight and sign the contract. Manny needs to stop making his excuses, step up and fight."
"First and foremost, not only do I want to fight Manny Pacquiao, I want to whip him.
A mediator was called in to try and find a solution. Judge Daniel Weinstein was brought in again, having had victory as mediator bewteen the two previously there were high hopes. But Even Weinstein couldn't help this time. A statement from Weinstein confirmed "in the end, the parties could not agree on a testing protocol acceptable to all."
Top Rank promoters can't see this fight happening in March, dispite many commentators being convinced that somehow a New Years miracle will happen. But Weinstein and Arum are seeing eye to eye on this one and have deemed the fight in March to be highly unlikely. But Top Rank have gone a step even further and drastically added this to the fore:
"There is no chance ever of salvaging it for March. There's no chance for it ever to happen."
It's not looking good for fans who are ultimately losing out on what would and should have been one of those unforgettable fights and nights.