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Arum Says To Forget a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Fight

By Ronnie Natrhanielsz

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum isn’t buying Floyd Mayweather Jr’s  statement that he would consider fighting Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao should Pacquiao be able to avenge his defeats at the hands of Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez.

When asked to respond to Mayweather’s statement about what Pacquiao needed to accomplish to make a fight against the undefeated pound-for-pound No.1 possible, Arum said “just forget him (Mayweather).”

Arum is focused right now on trying to get a fifth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez finalized as planned sometime in September.

The Top Rank promoter told the BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that he would meet with Marquez over dinner on Tuesday night (Wednesday in Manila) and “then we’ll know where we are” in terms of getting a fifth fight done.

Marquez had previously stated that he saw no need to fight Pacquiao for a fifth time following his crushing 6th round knockout victory last December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It was a position supported by his trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain and WBC president Don Jose Sulaiman.

Arum interpreted Marquez’ stance as a negotiating posture in an effort to see how he could earn a bigger purse for a fifth fight.

While Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz is in the US, Arum told us he “won’t be in nthe dinner meeting” with Marquez but that he had met with Koncz earlier and they "went over everything.".

Mayweather is scheduled to fight Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on May 4 in Las Vegas and Arum believes “its going to be a fight and I think Guerrero has a helluva shot. I really believe that.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GRUSTLER on 02-27-2013

[QUOTE=WESS;13087387]Pac has always been concerned about Cotto. Pac would not even talk to Cotto unless there was some kind of weight stipulation to it. Mind you, Pac had already fought De La Hoya at 147 but no, not Cotto. Years…

Comment by WESS on 02-26-2013

[QUOTE=GRUSTLER;13086427]Lets be real though. Mayweather ain't Cotto. Manny still got banged up by Cotto and he beat Cotto up worst. Defense and counter punching was always a bad match up for Pacquiao.[/QUOTE] Pac has always been concerned about Cotto. Pac…

Comment by WESS on 02-26-2013

[QUOTE=thuggery;13085902]You know Pac [B]agreed to random blood [/B]and urine right? And yet again Floyd threw more roadblocks after. It'll never happen.[/QUOTE] How many times has Pac submitted since 2009? A. Once B. Twice C. More than twice D. Every single…

Comment by Slip Stream on 02-26-2013

I'm sure Marquez knows how important a fifth fight with Manny would be not just to Manny but more importantly to Bob Arum who needs his fighter for a few more fights, and as it stands Pacquiao's stock has took…

Comment by AnimalisticMeth on 02-26-2013

Hahaha why do people still want to see this? Pacquiao is on a two fight losing streak and after getting ktfo will probably never be the same and Mayweather is 36 years old and on the tail end of his…

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