Arum Eyes Mayweather vs. Pacquiao For April 2013 Date

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

Following what he described as an “excellent” meeting with Manny Pacquiao in General Santos City last Friday, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is confident the mega-fight the world wants to see between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will happen next year.

Arum spoke to Standard while being driven home from the airport after his arrival in the United States. He told us he had discussed a possible fight with Mayweather Jr. and added “we are optimistic for April next year.”

Arum discussed the feasibility of doing a Mayweather fight in April after “getting Pacquiao’s ideas on schedules and when he is going to have to start campaigning next year” for the May elections in which Congressman Pacquiao is expected to run for governor of Sarangani province.

Arum was confident that the issue of a revenue split which proved to be one of the stumbling blocks in the past could be resolved. Arum said “I know how to handle that with the Mayweather people and do the best deal possible and then get back to Manny. "

The entry of Mayweather’s close friend and associate Curtis Jackson, popularly known as 50 Cent, into the promotional business, has been a plus according to Arum who told us “he appears to me to be a real businessman with no agenda like some of the other guys so I think we can get a deal done.”
Arum was clearly referring to Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions who had handled Mayweather’s recent fights reportedly for a flat fee.

However, De La Hoya made the mistake of downplaying the desire of 50 Cent to become a promoter with the rapper hitting back at De La Hoya on Twitter.
Arum had earlier mentioned April as “a safe month because we can’t do the fight in March because of all this basketball” such as the NCAA  ‘March Madness’.
Even Mayweather appears to have had a change of heart about Pacquiao whom he had previously accused of being on performance enhancing drugs.
BoxingScene in an article that came out after he was released from prison quoted the undefeated champion as saying  “Pacquiao is an unbelievable boxer. Hopefully we could make the fight happen in the future.”

Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz, who has good relations with Mayweather, is also scheduled to return to the United States - an indication that things are moving in pursuit of what could well be the biggest fight in boxing history.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by WESS on 08-14-2012

[QUOTE=4Corners;12426263]The only fights above 135 that have been worth a damn for Manny were Hatton, Cotto, Clottey, and Bradley. De La Hoya, Margarito, Mosley, and Marquez when he did was s**t, pure s**t. Although you can't knock Manny for fighting…

Comment by tredh on 08-14-2012

[quote=Big Dunn;12426405]idiotic opinions exspressed daily on this board are not to be taken seriously and are not the majority. it wasn't a great fight, but it served a purpose. I get your point, and yes [B]it would be nice if…

Comment by The Big Dunn on 08-14-2012

[QUOTE=tredh;12426387]I get the titles BS as well. But then it goes back to the double standards agruemnt you always bring up. If majority say PBF cherrypicked his whole career was Diaz not a cherrypick as well? Both have taken on…

Comment by tredh on 08-14-2012

[quote=Big Dunn;12426328]from a "challenge" perspective I see your point. from a business perspective, the diaz fight was the right choice. IMO, TR's plan was to get manny multiple titles in different classes and to market him as such. manny was…

Comment by The Big Dunn on 08-14-2012

[QUOTE=tredh;12426295]I just can not for the life of me agree with the bold. That was a trash fight and should not have happened. Imagine the hate PBF would have gotten if on his move up to 135 he fought a…

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