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Hopkins: As Long as Arum Living, No Mayweather-Pacquiao

By Rick Reeno

MGM Grand, Las Vegas -  Based on his comments to media members at Thursday's final press conference for the Mayweather-Maidana undercard, IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins views Top Rank's CEO, Bob Arum, as the main roadblock that prevents a highly anticipated super-fight between welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

"I don't see it, not as long as Bob Arum [is] living. That's about as strong as I can state it. I don't wish nothing on him. I just said as long as he's living I don't think you're going to see that fight ever happening. Well, you might. You got these video games where you can go and put Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather [in the ring] and depending on how good you are [you can see] who can win. How else are you going to see it?," Hopkins said.

Promoter have tried for at least four years to finalize Mayweather-Pacquiao. At this point most insiders do not expect it to happen.

Mayweather has taken a hard line where he refuses to face Pacquiao until the Filipino superstar breaks away from his promotional agreement with Arum. Pacquiao's contract with Top Rank expires at the end of the year, but he is currently in serious talks for a five fight contract extension with Top Rank.

Pacquiao is scheduled to make a defense of his title in the fall, likely against the winner of May 17th's showdown between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado. And Mayweather returns this Saturday night in a WBC/WBA welterweight unification against Marcos Maidana.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by handsome1-1 on 05-02-2014

PAC will smash Floyd all over the ring, everyone knows that hence why Floyd will make any excuse to avoid this guy . 4 years worth I excuses and there's a new one everytime lol

Comment by SugaROIDS on 05-02-2014

LOL Floyd Don't Want to face Pacquiao because Arum is not going to let that his fighter earn 1.5 Millions dollars like Maidana did. SERIOUSLY 1.5 Millions? What kind of business is that? Brandon Rios Against Pacquiao earned GUARANTEED a…

Comment by lutenco on 05-02-2014

BHOP' smartest words: I'LL NEVER LET A WHITE BOY BEAT ME,I'LL NEVER LET A WHITE BOY BEAT ME!!! BHOP wants FLOYD and at the same time he said : I DON'T NEED KOVALEV....wow BERNARD,wow!!! Seriously,BHOP is a legend but i…

Comment by flat1985 on 05-02-2014

[QUOTE=MindBat;14491619]Manny could never beat Floyd in a ring. That's why he avoided PED testing until after Pac vs Marquez 4. .[/QUOTE] I know shame the fight didnt happen really.

Comment by MindBat on 05-02-2014

[QUOTE=flat1985;14491576]We get it Arum & Mayweather have killed the fight[/QUOTE] Manny could never beat Floyd in a ring. That's why he avoided PED testing until after Pac vs Marquez 4. .

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