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Bob Arum on Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight: It’s stupid if it doesn’t happen

Bob Arum Manny PacquiaoBob Arum is one of the biggest reasons why Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather never fought when the two were at the peak of their games and popularity, but the promoter’s tune has now changed regarding the superfight.

The 82-year-old Top Rank promoter is two weeks removed from Pac-Man’s win over Brandon Rios in Macau, and he wants his Filipino superstar to square off against the undefeated Mayweather. Arum conducted an interview with USA Today and was asked whether the elusive fight could happen.

“Yes, if people stop posturing. Absolutely. It can happen,” Arum told USA Today’s Bob Velin. “It’s stupid if it doesn’t happen. They owe it to the sport. What, is Mayweather going to fight Amir Khan? Who gives a (expletive)? We’ve announced we’re willing to make anything happen. Now somebody has got to contact us so we can sit down and explore how it can happen. Isn’t that the way normal people deal? You can’t wave a wand. I’ve said unequivocally, we’re ready to sit down and see if a deal can be reached.”

One of the biggest reasons people have said the fight wouldn’t happen is because Mayweather despises Arum, who is Floyd’s former promoter.

“This idea that Floyd hates me or I hate Floyd is poppycock. Maybe the people around him are saying that. But Floyd and I, and certainly Todd (duBoef, Arum’s stepson and president of Top Rank) and Floyd, have always had a wonderful relationship. These so-called writers are saying, ‘Well, it can’t happen, because Floyd hates Bob Arum.’ Floyd doesn’t hate me, like I don’t hate him.”

In the interview, Arum somewhat admitted that Pacquiao has financial issues, but he attributed it Pac-Man’s generosity with charities. He also made it sound like Pacquiao continues to fight and will continue to fight in order to afford his lifestyle. The entire interview is well worth a read for boxing fans. Arum explains why he’s taking more of a global approach to boxing rather than focusing on the US, which he believes is a strong but stagnant boxing market.

But as I said before when we posted a story about Freddie Roach saying Pacquiao would beat Mayweather, it’s awfully convenient timing from Top Rank to suddenly express interest in the Mayweather fight. Arum came up with a million and one excuses to impede the superfight. I’m not saying Mayweather would have agreed to fight Pac-Man a few years ago, but you better believe Arum stood in the way. Whether it was drug testing, pay-per-view money, venues, or anything else, Arum always had a reason why the fight couldn’t happen. Now that he recognizes he and Pacquiao need the fight more than Floyd does, they want it. They want the money and hype that they can only get from fighting Floyd.

After Floyd fights Amir Khan and Manny destroys whomever next year, I really would like to see the two meet. It won’t have the same appeal it once did, but few fights would get fans more excited than Pacquiao-Mayweather.

Showtime to reach out about Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight

pacquiao-mayweatherA Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight may be a legitimate possibility, because it sounds like Showtime executives have a strong interest in putting it together.

Mayweather signed an exclusive six-fight deal with Showtime earlier in the year and has already fought twice on the network. He has four fights left and seems headed for a clash with Amir Khan in May. It sounds like a fight with Pac-Man could follow.

Showtime Vice President Stephen Espinoza told the Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire that he plans to reach out to Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum about making the superfight. Espinoza obviously emphasized that the fight would have to take place on Showtime. That could be a major impediment, because Arum has a relationship with HBO, which televised Pac-Man’s last fight.

Arum says he would want the fight to be on both networks the way the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis was. I really don’t see that happening. You think those competing networks would agree to televise the same fight?

Mayweather has all the leverage in this situation, and I have a hard time envisioning Arum making concessions and cooperating in order to make a deal. I also still don’t see Mayweather having any motivation for taking the fight.

It still seems like each fighter will fight one time before the possible superfight would be made. The only way I could imagine Mayweather agreeing to a fight is if Pacquiao looks vulnerable against his next oppoennet. But if Pac-Man doesn’t look good in his next fight, wouldn’t that take the luster off a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight anyway?

Showtime can make their efforts to set up this fight, but I still don’t see it happening. Mayweather is the real boss, and if he doesn’t want to fight Pacquiao, he’s not going to.

Freddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao would beat ‘slow’ Floyd Mayweather

pacquiao-mayweatherThe Manny Pacquiao camp has been banging the Floyd Mayweather fight drum pretty hard over the past few weeks, and the latest words come from Freddie Roach, who believes his fighter would beat Floyd.

Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) defeated Brandon Rios by unanimous decision on Saturday in Macau and looked very good in the fight. It was his first victory in over two years, though that stat is really misleading; Pacquiao beat Timothy Bradley in my opinion, but the judges screwed him on that split decision. I also thought he looked pretty good against Juan Manuel Marquez until Marquez caught him with a huge shot in the sixth round to end the fight.

Prior to the Pacquiao-Rios fight, promoter Bob Arum said he was open to Pacquiao and Mayweather fighting. That was a change from his previous stances, as Arum always found ways to impede the fight (as did Floyd). It’s no surprise that Pacquiao’s side wants the fight now — he’s not as highly regarded as Floyd anymore, and he has less to lose. All that adds up to less leverage, which would ostensibly make negotiations go more smoothly.

If Floyd and Manny end up fighting next year as Top Rank Promotions hopes, Roach, who is Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, thinks Manny would win the fight.

“Mayweather in his last two fights has been slow, he doesn’t move as much as he used to,” Roach told AFP. “I think Manny’s speed will overwhelm him. Mayweather is not good against southpaws. And he has trouble with speed.

“Manny Pacquiao, he’s back, but I never really had the thought he went anywhere.”

Roach has been talking a lot of trash lately. Maybe calling Mayweather slow is his way of trying to goad the undefeated boxer. Then again, Roach was talking trash when he said Rios was a punching bag who hits back, but his words turned out to be accurate. Maybe the same will be true of his prediction about Pacquiao-Mayweather. But there’s only one problem: I still don’t think Floyd will agree to the fight — facing Pacquiao is too risky for him.

Floyd Mayweather, Lindsay Lohan partied together at Foxwoods for Halloween

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Lindsay Lohan were the celebrity hosts at a Halloween party together on Thursday night. The bash was held at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. Lohan has been such a train wreck over the past several years that she probably could have gone as herself, but I must say she pulled off the “Carrie” look quite nicely. Mayweather went as Freddy Krueger.

According to TMZ, Mayweather invited Lohan into his private booth at one point and the two hung out like “old friends.” There was plenty of alcohol at the party as you might expect, which is interesting because Lohan has been in and out of rehab as of late due to a drinking problem. As TMZ pointed out, she got rid of her life coach last month and believes she can remain sober on her own.

There’s no reason to believe Lohan fell off the wagon. It sounds like she was just enjoying some good clean fun with The Money Team. Wait, clean fun with The Money Team? Hey, you never know.

Photo: Instagram/Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather told Princess Love Miss Jackson left him?

Floyd Mayweather Shantel Jackson

Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently denied that there were problems between him and Shantel Jackson, but a text message might indicate otherwise.

We noted in August that it appeared as if Floyd and Miss Jackson had broken up. That seemed to be supported when Jackson attended Floyd’s fight against Canelo Alvarez and noted that she would never miss one of his fights, implying that despite their problems, she was still there.

Then in an interview with Howard Stern, Floyd seemed to get defensive when asked about his suspected lady problems. Mayweather denied he and Miss Jackson were apart and said they were still engaged. They might still be engaged, but we were pretty confident that there was a previous breakup and that things aren’t all good. We suspected that Floyd favored Princess Love over Shantel until recently. It looks like that was the case.

Bossip posted a story this week that was a response to our report that Princess Love set Floyd up to be robbed the night of his fight with Canelo. The story seemed to come from Princess and even included texts from Floyd. You can read the whole story to see Princess’ side (we still stand by our report), but there was one text supposedly from Floyd to Princess that stood out to us. In one text, Floyd says Miss Jackson left because of his feelings for Princess.

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Queen Princess Love deletes Instagram, accuses Floyd of lying

Queen Princess Love has decided to shut down her Instagram account as a response to all the attention she’s received the past few weeks. Before she took her social media hiatus, Princess decided to post what appears to be several text message conversations between her and Floyd Mayweather.

[Previously: Queen Princess Love set Floyd Mayweather up to be robbed]

In one text conversation she posted, Princess asks Floyd why he was lying by telling the media that Princess set him up to be robbed. She also says the information that’s out there is not the truth.

In her caption for the conversation, she says she is being slandered by false accusations. You can see that post below:

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Source: Floyd Mayweather robbed night of fight, set up by girlfriend Princess Love

Floyd Mayweather Queen Princess Love

Remember last week when we told you that one of Floyd Mayweather’s side girlfriends, Princess Love, was cheating on the boxer with Ray J? And remember how we showed you that Floyd sent a nasty subliminal Instagram message her way in which he likened her to trash? Well it turns out there is much more to the story that explains the falling out.

A connected source tells Larry Brown Sports that one of Mayweather’s homes was robbed the night of his Sept. 14 fight against Canelo Alvarez. Our source says about eight Rolex watches, close to $10,000 cash, and some other items were stolen from the home. Mayweather owns multiple properties in the Las Vegas area, and we’re told the home that was robbed is where Princess Love was staying.

Princess Love apparently tried pinning the burglary on one of her friends, but Floyd got in contact with that woman. The woman spilled to Floyd that Princess organized the robbery. She also apparently told Floyd that Princess was having an affair with Ray J, which is the first Mayweather learned of the relationship.

How did the woman know about Princess and Ray J hooking up? We’re told she was with Princess in Miami a few months ago, which is when Princess and Ray J began sleeping together.

You may recall that Princess said on her Instagram account that she was in Miami in June:

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