Arum: If Pacquiao looks good, Mayweather bout can happen

by Ronnie Nathanielsz
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum believes that if “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao shows that he’s back in his “Clash in Cotai” against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in Macau on November 24  then a fight against pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr can happen.

Arum was guest on Australia’s 1116  SEN Radio on the program “Evenings with Mark Fine” which on Mondays also features well-known Australian boxing promoter Peter Maniatis.

Arum said “The only major impediment is that Mayweather  now fights for Showtime and Manny for HBO” but cited a precedent “when they had the same situation years ago where Lennox Lewis was an HBO fighter and Mile Tyson fought for Showtime.”

He noted that the two networks “came together and shared responsibilities of promoting the pay per view and it worked out really well.”

Arum feels that “if Manny demonstrates that he’s back and there’s a public outcry, we should be able to get it done.” 

The astute promoter made it clear that “the public doesn’t want to know about backroom strategies and negotiations. They just want to see the two guys get into the ring, fighting each other.”

Arum said a possible date may be in the second half of 2014.

He maintained that a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight “would be great for boxing and its hard to justify if it doesn’t happen” pointing out that “the best tennis players play each other, the best soccer teams play each other and in American football the two best teams from each conference face each other in the SuperBowl.”

Arum said “there is no reason” not to make a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight happen and if it doesn’t happen “it looks bad for boxing.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GRUSTLER on 11-09-2013

[QUOTE=Boxing Goat;13904716]Oscar was slow because he was old, just like he was in the Floyd fight. The weight had little to do with it. Oscar in his prime would have probably beaten both May and Pac[/QUOTE] So Freddie saying he…

Comment by Kuyukut on 11-05-2013

[QUOTE=junior gong;13905529]Havent you noticed that Floyd and Manny have been using each others names to sell their fights for the last four or five years?:dunce: [I][COLOR="LemonChiffon"]I fully expect in reply "Wahhhh but manny does it worse..wahhh"[/COLOR][/I][/QUOTE] i don't think larryx…

Comment by TEKGaming on 11-05-2013

[QUOTE=Boxing Goat;13904728]Pacquiao has knocked down Marquez 5 times in 4 fights only losing one of those fights on a hail mary. Yea. That's figured out. Floyd knows Pac presents problems, so why don't you?[/QUOTE] Three knock downs in the first…

Comment by junior gong on 11-05-2013

[QUOTE=Verstyle;13905398]Only an idiot would believe this..he is now using Floyds name to help sell the fight[/QUOTE] Havent you noticed that Floyd and Manny have been using each others names to sell their fights for the last four or five years?:dunce:…

Comment by paulf on 11-05-2013

Bob is thinking Pacquiao is done and is finally planning to cash out. True scum, man.

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