By Rick Reeno
Top Rank's Bob Arum was steaming mad when BoxingScene.com spoke to him on Wednesday, and informed him of an interesting piece of information that was running in the morning edition of the New York Daily News .
A source with knowledge of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. negotiations told veteran boxing writer Tim Smith that Pacquiao's representatives asked Golden Boy Promotions what penalties the Filipino fighter would face if he took a drug test and it came back dirty. It doesn't end there. The source further claimed that Pacquiao's representatives made a request for a dirty test result to be "kept secret" in order to avoid a negative impact on the fight promotion.
According to Arum, the information provided to Smith was a complete fabrication. Top Rank and Pacquiao's Team had never made those requests in any shape or form, says Arum. He views it as false information being planted in the media to hurt Pacquiao's credibility.
"That's bulls**t. That's total bulls**t. That never happened. It's all bulls**t. I never heard anything like that in my life, ever. We're done with this. They are a bunch of real sleazebags. We're going to move on and let them move on and go back into their holes," Arum told BoxingScene.com.
As of Wednesday, no agreement has been reached for a cut-off date on the random Olympic-style drug tests, which at the moment is the only issue holding up the fight. Arum is already in the process of exploring other options for Pacquiao in March. WBA junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman is a serious option. Former 140-pound champion Paulie Malignaggi is another option. In reality, Arum agrees that Mayweather-Pacquiao may need additional time to properly promote. The fight is being negotiated for March 13, and January is already upon us. He told BoxingScene the option of fighting Mayweather at a later date in the year is possible.
"I don't [think it will happen]. I really don't, but that's my opinion. I washed my hands of the whole f**king thing. It's impossible and it's not going to happen...at least right now. Everybody should move on with their lives," Arum said.