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Arum Rips Mayweather's Claims Over Negotiations

By Mark Vester

Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank has ripped into the recent claims that were made by Floyd Mayweather Jr. During an interview with fighthype.com, Mayweather claimed that "nobody" had reached out with respect to a fight with Manny Pacquiao. Last year, Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank were publically disputing whether or not any actual negotiations were taking place for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. Arum had claimed that Ross Greenburg, president of HBO Sports, was the middleman between Top Rank and Mayweather's manager Al Haymon. Richard Schaefer, CEO for Golden Boy, told BoxingScene.com in several interviews that "no negotiations" had ever taken place.

Greenburg would eventually issue a public statement which backed Arum's side of the story. During an interview with USA Today, Arum lashed out at Mayweather's recent claims about the negotiations. He also said the two sides had reached an understanding on the contract clause which called for random Olympic style drug testing.

"We not only reached out, we had a full negotiation with Ross Greenburg being the intermediary with Al Haymon back before the Margarito fight. And that came to nothing. And I assume Haymon advised Floyd that we were negotiating the fight through Greenburg. But (saying) we didn't reach out to Haymon was total nonsense," Arum told the paper.

"As far as Floyd is concerned, we've attempted to reach him without any success. He knows where we are. And none of his people have ever called us. The idea that we haven't reached out is absurd. … We've gotten no calls from him. …

"Why the hell should we reach out to Al Haymon when they have constantly said that they're not interested in fighting? Let them call us. … I'm not going to reach out to them like I'm chasing them. But if they said to a responsible newspaper or somebody responsible, 'We want to fight Manny Pacquiao,' I would make the call."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 02-04-2011

[QUOTE=SekondzOut;10056364]naw Grus....Coach just playing around.....yall on the same team :cool2:[/QUOTE] The Coach got me like that the other day too :D His chameleonic integration is..... near perfect :D LMAO It's about knowing your enemy, and keeping him close. :haha:

Comment by GRUSTLER on 02-04-2011

[QUOTE=SekondzOut;10056364]:lol1: naw Grus....Coach just playing around.....yall on the same team :cool2:[/QUOTE] Word? My bad. Disregard the message. Guess it pissed me off because that is exactly what they do. Damn [B]"PACAMANIACS"[/B].

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 02-04-2011

[QUOTE=GRUSTLER;10056147]Gathering up your "PACOLOGISTS" to hang from Floyd's balls on every Pacquiao thread. You guys are doing one hell of a service for your communities. You guys are truly pathetic and I feel there is no more left to prove…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 02-04-2011

[QUOTE=VAW-JR;10053494]We in here! I think he is handling some flomos in another thread. Let me PM him.[/QUOTE] Gathering up your "PACOLOGISTS" to hang from Floyd's balls on every Pacquiao thread. You guys are doing one hell of a service for…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 02-04-2011

[QUOTE=VAW-JR;10053419]Yo, P4P305,[B] I just red K'd these noobs, do the same when you get a chance[/B]. Sounds good. :drillserg[/QUOTE] This is probably the gayest post I ever red on Boxingscene.

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