Cunningham: Arum-Haymon Feud Could Block The Fight

By Michael Marley

While the general public is stimulated by Floyd Mayweather Junior's apparent overture to fight Manny Pacquiao on May 5, boxing insiders are not exactly booking flights to Las Vegas or trying to get tickets.

As is almost always the case in a cuthroat industry, skeptics abound as to Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum and Mayweather's key shotcaller Al Haymon ever sitting down to make a deal for the super bout.

One such cynic is former St. Louis policeman and now an outstanding manager-trainer Kevin Cunningham.

Cunningham's has no dog in this fight as he and his top boxer, Devon Alexander, recently signed up with Golden Boy Promotions after parting ways with Don King.

"It's a shame if the big fight does not happen," Cunningham said Friday. "It's something the mainstream public, all the sports commentators and the fans, are demanding.

"They get it done in other sports so it makes boxing look bad. Look to college football with top two teams, LSU and Alabama, playing each other this weekend. You got Number 1 playing Number 2. But in boxing, we can't see the top two guys fight it out?"

Cunningham thinks the intense dislike between Haymon and Arum runs too deep and will block a megamillions fight deal.

"I think Mayweather wants to fight Pacquiao. But the Haymon-Arum feud runs deep. It's an ugly situation if Al and Bob block the fight when Floyd and Manny want to do it."

I have to agree that the real challenge to HBO fightmakers is not Floyd and Manny, especially with random drug testing being a non-issue now, but in getting Haymon and Arum to meaningfully negotiate.

If Uncle Al and Uncle Bob bury the hatchet, Mayweather-Pacquiao becomes reality.
But this pair has a history of burying the hatchet in the other guy's neck.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 11-05-2011

[QUOTE=ThePrince;11372135]So... I've been away from civilization for a few days, anyone want to update me on what all the commotion is about? Is Floyd pulling another 'And yes, Manny Pacquiao, you're next... who said that?' Anyway, Al Haymon never wanted…

Comment by JibbaJabber on 11-05-2011

only person holding up this fight is that slimeball, lying, crook bob arum.. all the rest of this is bull****.. he said he will take the test... now take the ****ing test.. since it was no issues anymore..

Comment by jakyah on 11-05-2011

I don't understand y people thinks that a guy that has probably been boxing or been around boxing since he was conceived is scared of another boxer. Dude only wants a fair playing field. The only thing that will block…

Comment by Dan Gutierrez on 11-05-2011

The whole world is waiting for this fight to happen...everybody likes this fight to happen except Floyd Mayweather Jr. There is something wrong with his brain. He is scared to death and will throw all sorts of roadblocks that he…

Comment by shade darkar on 11-04-2011

lol, as a boxing fan im getting sick of all this bollocks. even if the fight is made today its still two years late. sick of the politics, sick of the ducking, sick of the best not fighting the best.…

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