Arum Comments on Mayweather Ruling, Possible Megafight

By Jake Donovan

It didn’t take long for news to circulate of Floyd Mayweather Jr. being granted a five month delay on a prison term that was set to begin Friday.

The unbeaten pound-for-pound king was expected to turn himself in to Clark County authorities by no later than 10:45AM local (Las Vegas) time on Friday, but instead had his lawyers plead his case for an extension in order to fulfill a commitment to fight in Las Vegas on May 5.

In a shocking twist, the judge granted the request, though pointing out that the terms will change dramatically should Mayweather miss even one day of counseling, fight or no fight.

Part of the request presented by his legal team centered around the amount of revenue he is able to generate for the Las Vegas area whenever he chooses to step into the ring. Mayweather ended a 21-month hiatus last September in facing and knocking out Victor Ortiz in the fourth round of their welterweight fight, for which the six-time champion in five weight classes earned $20 million. 

The question - as far as it relates to boxing – is who that mystery opponent will be on Cinco de Mayo. The answer that everyone wants to hear has been the same as the opponent of choice for more than two years – longtime pound-for-pound rival Manny Pacquiao.

Rumors are already swirling that the Pacquiao camp – chief among them Hall-of-Fame promoter Bob Arum – have already begun making excuses of not being able to fight until June, and that Mayweather isn’t their targeted opponent.

For the moment, they remain just that – rumors.

“I have no idea about that right now,” stated Arum to “I still have to talk to Manny. I was due to talk to him next week. That hasn’t changed.”

Arum references his previously discussed plans to fly to the Philippines in mid-January for a number of reasons. Chief among them, to check on progress on the healing of cuts suffered in last November’s tougher-than-expected majority decision win in his third showdown with longtime in-ring rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao is due to be examined to determine when he will be medically cleared to return to the ring.

Preliminary discussions had the record-breaking Filipino southpaw rumored to fight on June 7, with a quartet of options that didn’t include Mayweather on the premise of his beginning a 90-day prison sentence on Friday.

Among the fighters under consideration are: Tim Bradley and Lamont Peterson, both of whom serve as titlists in the 140 lb. division, but would move up to 147 for such a fight; a potential fourth fight with Marquez; or a rematch with 154 lb. titlist Miguel Cotto, with such a fight taking place somewhere in the middle.

Obviously, that would change should the right offer come along to finally get together the sport’s two biggest stars in what figures to be the most lucrative event in boxing history.

Until next week’s meeting and with medical reports in hand, however, it all remains speculation.

“Right now, we have no idea if he can go in May,” Arum explained. “He’s supposed to have his cut examined. I’m going over to speak with him regarding his future, and we can go from there.”

As for Mayweather’s sentence being delayed by five months?

“I have no reaction whatsoever,” Arum emphatically stated. “The judge decided what was decided today and I really have no reaction to that.”

Mayweather’s team struck a deal on Dec. 21 in exchange for a reduced sentence stemming from domestic abuse charges. Had he been found guilty on all charges during trial, Mayweather would’ve faced up to 34 years in prison.

The ruling on Friday allows Mayweather to keep a reserved date he had with the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 5. Regardless of whether he faces Pacquiao, another opponent or simply doesn’t get the chance to fight at all, he will be expected to begin his sentence on June 1.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Follow Jake on Twitter at or submit questions/comments to [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 01-07-2012

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;11638455]Nearly everyone who uses terms like Gayweather is on my ignore list. I[B]ts the Pac fans shrouded in boxing fan attire (minus real fans like Jro) that do what I'm referring to. The ones who are actually able to talk…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 01-07-2012

[QUOTE=KingKhan1;11638443]What more does Floyd need to do to get the fight? He announces before Pacman vs Marquez fight that he will be headlining on May 5th and the MGM Grand. A obvious clear statement of intent from his part. If…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 01-07-2012

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;11638064]Oh they'll find a way. You see some of them here now but as reality sinks in (for the 4,000th time) [B]they'll disappear, then return, pretending it never happened while talking about how negotiations failed because of "both sides".[/B][/QUOTE] Exactly,…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 01-07-2012

[QUOTE=Carpe Diem;11637834]Yesterday: [url][/url] Today: [url][/url] [B]If this isn't a clear duck, then i don't know what is.[/B][/QUOTE] It is a blatant duck, and the third time that Pac has ducked Mayweather.

Comment by WESS on 01-07-2012

[QUOTE=GRUSTLER;11638976]Manny Pacquiao die hard fans and whoever else think that Floyd was/is ducking Pac is blindly in love with Manny. I have been following this whole fiasco since it started and all it took was these two quotes from Bob…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (196)
Top Headlines For Better or Worse, Heavyweight Glory Still Runs Through Klitschko Golovkin's Coach: Mayweather Deserves Catch-Weight, NOT Canelo! Frank Warren: Klitschko Does NOT Deserve Shot at WBA Title! What To Do With Tyson Fury? - BoxingScene Ratings Update Arum Explains Manny Pacquiao's Lack of Knockouts Since 2009 McGuigan: Frampton Will Make an Impact in Vegas With Santa Cruz Golovkin Warns Saunders: I Want Your Belt, That is My Goal! Joe Hanks, Denis Douglin Return To Action on November 5 Manny Pacquiao Gets in One Last Workout Before Leaving To LA Hearn: I 100% Want Anthony Joshua vs. David Haye in 2017 Parker vs. Ruiz: Duco Looking For Goverment Funding For Event Jean Pascal Not Yet Ready For Ring Return, Says Trainer Photo: Victor Terrazas, Eduardo Hernandez on Weight For War Vargas: It's My Time, After I Beat Pacquiao - A Star Will Be Born! Erislandy Lara Still Has a Target on The Back of Gennady Golovkin Photos: Luis Nery, Richie Mepranum Set For War in Tijuana Joselito Velasquez, Mexican Olympian, To Be Trained By Robles Wladimir Klitschko, Lucas Browne Far Apart On Money For 12/10 Photos: Canelo is Officially Belted in Puerto Rico By The WBO Cotto Says Canelo Rematch is a Subject For Discussion Danny Williams Returns, Faces Ali Eren Demirezen in Hamburg Edis Tatli Takes on Manuel Lancia on December 17 Canelo vs. Saunders Showdown Fully Backed By WBO Prez Weights: David Lemieux, Cristian Fabian Rios Ready To Fight Eggington Predicts Damage: I'm Going To Do a Job on Gavin Jeff Horn Ready For IBF Strap: 100%, Bring on Errol Spence! Hooker Plans on Testing Perez's Chin Early on Kovalev vs. Ward Marin, Pintor Make Weight For Boxeo Telemundo Season Finale Photo: Micki Nielsen, Kevin Lerena Ready For Battle Abel Sanchez Very Confident That Andy Ruiz Beats Joseph Parker Frampton: I'll Make it Two-Nil, Santa Cruz Only Fights One Way! Golovkin's Coach: I Doubt Canelo Will Last Eight or Nine Rounds Jeff Horn Crushes Rico Mueller As Title Shot Nears David Haye: Fans Want Me To Smash Tony Bellew, Shut Him Up Joshua Taylor Tabbed To Become World Champion By McGuigan Tim Bradley: I Need To Retire A Winner, Capture One More Title Eric Molina: I'll Fight Anthony Joshua or David Price on Dec. 10 Canelo: It Would Be an Honor To Rematch Miguel Cotto Kevin Lerena Confident of Knocking Micki Nielsen Out Dejan Zlaticanin: I'm Fighting Mikey Garcia on January 28

Latest Active Forum Threads