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Paula Duffy: Pacquiao-Mayweather Arbitrator Says Both Sides Have Lied about Arbitration

January 8th, 2010, 04:01 am admin Leave a comment Go to comments

All right, he didn’t use the word “lie” but he might as well have.

In a rebuke to both the Pacquiao and Mayweather camps, Judge Daniel Weinstein has issued a Corrective Order to clear up what he claims is “misinformation” about the process and outcome of the arbitration just completed on Wednesday.


The basis of the press release is to correct facts that aren’t true. Weinstein’s statement claims that:

“The parties and their representatives authorized that, if misinformation was disclosed to the press by either side, the Mediator would correct any erroneous information.”

The Judge lists the following as corrections:

Both parties participated in the mediation in good faith. Both parties participated in many hours of negotiation, with a number of proposals issued by each side and carefully considered by the parties and their representatives.

The Mediator himself did not formulate, recommend or issue a Mediator’s Proposal. The Mediator did not make an evaluation or finding that any one of the many proposals considered by the parties was the correct protocol.

Any attempt to characterize the mediation process as an acceptance or rejection by any of the parties of a mediator’s or an arbiter’s proposal or of any specific proposal is false

In the end, the parties could not agree on a testing protocol acceptable to all.

THE BOTTOM LINE: the Judge didn’t recommend a blood testing protocol, didn’t endorse one and neither side accepted or rejected any one particular proposal. He was there as a messenger and counselor, not to take a position that one side’s arguments were better than the other.

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