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De La Hoya: Arum Under Pressure, Pacquiao Wants Floyd

By Pawel Pronishev

Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya is delighted with the recent news that Manny Pacquiao, the WBO's welterweight champion, held a recent press conference in General Santos City in the Philippines, and told local reporters that he was very interested in fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr., the WBC champion at 147, in 2012. Mayweather has a reserved date of May 5th on HBO and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has been placed on hold.

With Pacquiao's recent announcement, De La Hoya feels the Filipino fighter's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, is now under a lot of pressure to make the fight happen. De La Hoya and the executives of Golden Boy have claimed in recent weeks that Arum was interested in negotiating a possible deal for a Mayweather-Pacquiao mega-match.

"Bob Arum is under a lot of pressure from Pacquiao. Apparently, [Pacquiao] did an interview in the Philippines, saying he wants Mayweather next. It’s about time Pacquiao demands the fight to Bob Arum. Let’s give thanks to Manny Pacquiao for having a press conference [and] wanting the Mayweather fight. Looks like Pacquiao finally spoke for himself. Apparently he wants Mayweather next," De La Hoya wrote on his twitter page, and advised Arum to contact Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer to begin negotiations.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by oneshotpsp on 11-27-2011

I said it once and I'll say it again manny has problems fighting a counter puncher and everyone knows floyd mayweather is the best counter puncher and defense fighter in the world that being said manny has no chance in…

Comment by big_james10 on 11-26-2011

[[email protected];11475206]obviously, chicken fraud took the bait pacquiao has in him by showing a mediocre performance against cry-baby marquez... had pacquiao demolished marquez, never will chicken fraud come out and talk about getting a fight with pacquiao... that only shows that…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 11-26-2011

[QUOTE=Check_hooks;11474958]I've said it before and I'll say it again and the big homie Skip bayless called this sh*t on ESPN. The plan is like this for you dumbasses that don't know sh*t about boxing - 1) Pac purposely holds back…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 11-26-2011

[QUOTE=spoonwars;11474912]Too bad the feeling's not mutual with Mayweather. [B]Nowhere do you hear Mayweather saying he wants to fight Pacquiao too. [/B]De La Hoya is just trying to save Mayweather's face and his routing number to the Golden Boy bank account.…

Comment by LeadUppercut on 11-26-2011

[QUOTE=Casper101;11474846][IMG]http://www.pound4pound.com/Photos/BretNewton/Photoshops/2010/ArumMidnightSnack.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] :haha: What a classic :D Who the hell did that ? Does everyone really know whats going on except for most of the media and all of Pacquiao's fans? :lol1: What a classic, Manny on the shelf, Cotto and…

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