Bob Arum Says Floyd Mayweather Jr. Turned Down $65 Million, Omits Drug Testing Part

Promoter Bob Arum said in a recent interview that Floyd Mayweather Jr. turned down a $65 million offer to fight Manny Pacquiao. Keep in mind that Arum is Pacquiao’s promoter, that he has a personal issue with Mayweather, and that his job is to pump up his client while generating as much money as possible. In other words, we’re not talking about an objective third-party here (is there even such a thing?), but someone who’s extremely biased.

First off, until we actually see the money produced, it’s hard to know if the supposed offer from a Singapore group is even true or legitimate. Would they really be able to produce the money or were they tossing figures around to get peoples’ attention? That’s hard to know.

Secondly, Arum has been following a simple pattern with Pacquiao recently, pitting him against fellow Top Rank fighters who pose little risk (Clottey, Marquez, Mosley). Arum does this because it protects his prized possession while allowing him to clean up on both sides of the revenue gate (think of a real estate agent who represents both the buyer and the seller). By calling out Floyd Mayweather Jr., Arum spins the situation and makes Floyd look like the bad guy, giving him an excuse to continue booking low-risk high-monetary reward fights for Manny.

Lastly, and most importantly, Arum consistently omits any mention of whether Manny Pacquiao is willing to submit to Olympics-style drug testing. While they say Pacquiao will submit to pre-fight testing, they don’t want testing several weeks prior to the fight, and they want to know when the tests will be. Does that sound like transparency to you? I’ll repeat what I’ve said many times before, if Manny Pacquiao has nothing to hide, then submitting to these tests should not be a problem.

If Bob Arum is so devoted to making sure this fight happens, he’ll convince his top client to submit to Olympics-style drug testing. Until that point, anything he says regarding the fight is pure public relations spin intended to make his side look good and the other side look bad. Please don’t forget that.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Savage-Chezz/100002232744479 Savage Chezz

    I would not take any sort of Drug test either, other than what the Nevada State Athletic Commission says to take…. Why should Pac have to cater to a scared FMJ….

    As for Top Rank putting Pac against fighters who pose little risk (Clottey, Marquez, Mosley) …. Some of those are the SAME fighters FMJ fought…. I guess they too were no threat to him and only money in the pockets….

    You have those that say, IF Pac has nothing to hide, why not take the Tests….

    Pac does NOT have to prove his guilt or innocence unless in a Court of Law…. Just because a scared FMJ is trying to make his own Rules and regulations….

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    The issue isn’t whether or not he has to, the issue is why won’t he? If Mayweather agrees to the fight as long as Pacquiao submits to olympics-style testing, tell me why Pacquiao shouldn’t agree to it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Savage-Chezz/100002232744479 Savage Chezz

    You talk about Arum is 1 sided for Pac…. Yet in ALL your post EVER about this same issue, YOU too are 1 sided for FMJ…. You speak as a Fan, not a Sports Writer or Host or what ever it is your hating self does….

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I asked you a simple question. Why can’t you answer it?