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Arum: Pacquiao's Friends Endanger Mayweather Fight

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

TOP Rank promoter Bob Arum blasted Manny Pacquiao’s close associates, who keep commenting on the negotiations for the Filipino champion’s planned super fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., saying they don’t have a clue as to what is going on.

“I know Manny is just as angry as I am that these guys, who have nothing to do with any of these negotiations, keep shooting their mouths off and inflaming the situation,” an upset Arum told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard.

“What are Eric Pineda and Jeng Gacal, who know nothing about what’s happening, doing? Why are they shooting their mouths off?” Arum added.

The Top Rank promoter, who is trying to get negotiations with the Mayweather camp moving forward very quietly, said the public statements of some members of Team Pacquiao are jeopardizing the negotiations.

“They (statements) are more than irritating, because so much of this is ego and when you say that if he (Mayweather) says this Manny Pacquiao is not going to fight, that’s not the way you negotiate,” said Arum.

He revealed that Pacquiao was trying to put a stop to some of his team members talking about the negotiations.

Arum and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer had agreed on a gag order so as not to hurt the negotiations.

“I spend half my time telling everybody to ignore these (expletive), who shoot their mouths off,” said Arum.

Pineda and Gacal reacted to reports that Mayweather Jr. was insisting on a 60-40 split in his favor, claiming that he was a bigger pay-per-view draw and compared his 1.5 million buys for the fight against Shane Mosley on May 1, 2010, against the 700,000 PPV buys for the Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight in Dallas, Texas last April.

The two indicated it was an unfair comparison, because Clottey was not a draw and said it should have been compared to the Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight last November, which turned in pay-per-view numbers of 1.25 million.

It was also pointed out by other boxing writers that Pacquiao-Cotto drew a bigger crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena than Mayweather-Mosley and the Pacquiao-Clottey fight at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium attracted almost 51,000 fight fans and celebrities.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ELP on 05-29-2010

[quote=Vito Corleone;8498089]What do KO's have to do with FOTD? You guys are such n00b fans.[/quote] My take on his comment was that Pac is an offensive action fighter that risks getting ko'd to ko his opponents. Most people want to…

Comment by Vito Corleone on 05-29-2010

[QUOTE=gwildcat77;8494884]PAC had 7 KNOCKOUTS / TKO's in the last 4 years while FLOYD had only 1 ... and FLOYD wonders why he didn't get FIGHTER OF THE DECADE...[/QUOTE] What do KO's have to do with FOTD? You guys are such…

Comment by Left Hook Tua on 05-29-2010

[QUOTE=BoxingTech718;8489770]Ok so all those statements and articles were unconfirmed BS. I knew it, people need to just chill out until an official statement is released.[/QUOTE] if it's not from pacquiao , arum or roach i don't even pay attention. all…

Comment by jbpanama on 05-29-2010

[QUOTE=LVfrank;8490765]Jump off a cliff[/QUOTE] Best U can do VEGAS FRANK???

Comment by Jimbo16031992 on 05-29-2010

[QUOTE=gwildcat77;8494884]PAC had 7 KNOCKOUTS / TKO's in the last 4 years while FLOYD had only 1 ... and FLOYD wonders why he didn't get FIGHTER OF THE DECADE...[/QUOTE] It is fighter of the DECADE, not fighter of the last 4…

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