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Manny Pacquiao won’t leave Bob Arum for Floyd Mayweather fight

pacquiao-arumOne of the biggest impediments for a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight is promoter Bob Arum. Not only did Arum come up with every excuse possible to block such a fight from happening when the fight was most in demand, but Mayweather despises Arum and refuses to do business with him. Mayweather even told Fight Hype recently that he will not do business with Arum.

Though he really wants a fight with Floyd and the money that comes with it, Pacquiao says he will not leave Arum’s Top Rank Promotions to increase the chances of him getting a fight with Floyd.

“Floyd Mayweather Jr. never runs out of excuses just to avoid fighting me. If I leave Top Rank, there’s no guarantee the fight would push through,” Pacquiao said in an interview with the Inquirer.

“So, why should I leave Top Rank? Just to make Pacquiao-Mayweather fight happen? No way.”

Pacquiao also said the promotional group you’re with shouldn’t prevent a fight from happening and that there shouldn’t be any “lame excuses” to block things.

A few years ago, Mayweather asked Pacquiao if he wanted to leave Top Rank to join Floyd’s “The Money Team” promotion. Pacquiao declined.

In recent weeks, Mayweather has mocked Pacquiao for his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and for his tax problems. Clearly Pacquiao has not been impressed with Floyd’s behavior.

“When Floyd Mayweather was jailed for domestic violence, I prayed for him. Did you ever hear me say anything bad against him? I did not insult him while he was down and inside the prison cell. Instead, I prayed to God to change his heart,” Pacquiao said to the Inquirer.

He makes a good point, and that is the big difference between the two. Pacquiao is humble and has a big heart. His charitable ways have even threatened to ruin his fortune. Contrarily, likes to mock opponents and show off his wealth. The two couldn’t be more different, which is another reason the potential fight between them was so enticing.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. rips Manny Pacquiao with ‘Christmas card’

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Most boxing fans have already given up on the prospect of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao getting together in the ring. The list of reasons why the two have not fought during their careers is longer than Mayweather’s credit card statement, but that does not mean Floyd wants people to forget about it.

Mayweather posted the image you see above on Twitter on Monday, referring to it as his “Christmas card to the world.” Promoter Bob Arum recently said that it would be “stupid” if the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight doesn’t happen, despite that fact that Arum has always come up with countless reasons why the two should not square off.

It’s probably no coincidence that Top Rank is suddenly interested in the Mayweather fight, given the fact that Pacquiao is reportedly having some financial issues. Pacquiao’s camp needs the fight more than Mayweather now, and I’m sure Floyd knows it. I still doubt it ends up happening.

Photo via Twitter/Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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.

50 Cent: Floyd Mayweather is not afraid of Manny Pacquiao

Even though 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are no longer as close as they used to be, 50 still has his former best friend’s back when it comes to boxing debates.

The rapper joined ESPN’s “First Take” Thursday and was asked about the elusive Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao dream fight that never happened. Though host Skip Bayless tried to put words in 50′s mouth by asking a loaded question, the rapper said Mayweather is not scared of Pacquiao.

“He’s not afraid of Pacquiao or any fighter,” 50 answered in response to a question about how afraid Mayweather was of losing to Pac-Man.

50 explained that Mayweather looks at his fights as a businessman and takes a measured approach when selecting opponents.

“It’s more of him saying who I have to fight. At this point, it’s more him sorting out who’s the perfect opponent than him fighting the toughest fighter to fight.”

50 Cent confirmed what most boxing fans already knew — Mayweather doesn’t pick what will be the most thrilling fight, but the one where he can maximize revenue while minimizing his risks.

He further elaborated on Mayweather’s mentality, explaining that the biggest impediment to the superfight was Mayweather’s stubbornness.

“He concentrates on how much someone else is getting paid opposed to how much he is actually getting paid,” said 50. “He sees himself in a space that nobody else sees himself in, and that he’s so high on top of it that he shouldn’t actually give some of the other great fighters at this point.

“That’s $100 million and he just left it.”

50 also said he would have picked Mayweather to win had the two fought.

Most people have picked up on ESPN’s promotional tag line and spun this interview as 50 saying Mayweather “ducked” Pacquiao, but that’s not exactly how I see it. 50 is saying that Mayweather is not scared of Pacquiao or any fighter. The term “ducked” only was brought up because of Bayless. According to 50, the biggest reason the fight didn’t happen is because Mayweather didn’t want Pacquiao to get filthy rich off of it, which was evident based on Floyd refusing to give Manny a cut of the pay-per-view or split the purse 50-50. To use a cliche, Floyd cut off his nose to spite his face, which is why fans have been so frustrated with him.

You can watch the interview below:

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Bob Arum compares Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Hitler’s publicist Joseph Goebbels

Once again, we are not going to get into detail about which side is holding up the fight the entire world has been begging to see. It could be Floyd Mayweather Jr. and it could be Manny Pacquiao. At the end of the day, we simply have to take a look at all the crap we’ve seen flying out of both corners and make an educated assessment. After Mayweather defeated Miguel Cotto on Saturday night, he said that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is the one holding the fight up. During a recent interview with ESPN 110 in Las Vegas, Arum said that is completely bogus and compared Floyd to one of Adolph Hitler’s associates.

“For two years Pacquiao has said that he will take any drug test, whoever administers it, so why is that still being talked about by Mayweather?” Arum said according to Sports Radio Interviews. “You see Mayweather is from the school of propaganda that Joseph Goebbels, who was (Adolf) Hitler’s publicist, adopted. The more you say things over and over again the more people believe them.”

Arum also said that Pacquiao’s side has proposed a number of scenarios in which the fighters would split the money evenly and Mayweather continues to turn them down. As for why, Arum had some similar thoughts to the ones we shared with you earlier from Pacquiao’s trainer.

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