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Arum: Mayweather-Pacquiao Likely Not in Play Until 2013

By Keith Idec

Anyone who was holding out hope that Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. might finally fight in November probably shouldn’t continue reading this story.

Promoter Bob Arum said on Wednesday that the highly anticipated showdown between boxing’s top two pound-for-pound fighters is more likely to occur in 2013 than in November.

“I have to be realistic about this,” Arum said. “I don’t think that Mayweather will be available in the fall to fight Manny. He certainly doesn’t indicate that he wants to fight him now. I would think, probably, everybody would be better off if we thought about that fight [for] next year. But everything is open. First of all, Manny has a really tough fight with Bradley. And secondly, depending on how things break everybody would certainly agree that Juan Manuel [Marquez] deserves a rematch [with Pacquiao]. So I would think that would be what I’m focusing on.”

Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) will box the unbeaten Bradley on June 9 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a 12-round fight for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title. If Pacquiao wins, Arum spoke Wednesday about matching Pacquiao against Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time in November.

Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs), who lost a controversial majority decision to Pacquiao on Nov. 12 in Las Vegas, will face Ukraine’s Sergey Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) on April 14 in Mexico City for the interim WBO junior welterweight title. If Marquez wins that fight, Arum hopes to have Marquez box Brandon Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs) on July 14 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Rios also would have to win his fight April 14 in Las Vegas, against Cuba’s Richard Abril (17-2-1, 8 KOs), to get to the Marquez fight three months later.

Mayweather, meanwhile, will oppose Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) on May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The undefeated five-division champion is scheduled to report to Clark County (Nev.) Detention Center on June 1 to serve a 90-day sentence on a domestic violence conviction.

Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) is expected to be released in plenty of time to properly promote and train for a November pay-per-view bout against Pacquiao, but Arum senses that based on Mayweather’s monetary demands (no pay-per-view money for Pacquiao) that Mayweather doesn’t want the fight.

“Manny can chase the wild rabbit in the television commercial [for Hennessy], but as a promoter I can’t chase a wild rabbit,” Arum said. “I’m now concentrating, if Manny is able to fight through until next year, I’m planning or hoping that the Mayweather fight can take place next year.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hallaqsillaq on 04-08-2012

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;11970612]Yeah, when they are both broke and in their mid/late forties. Bob Arum: "Likely Not in Play until 2020" Mayweather/Pacquiao Master Thread: 1 million pages, Yesir and Bombs still going strong.[/QUOTE] That fight isn't even on 'ol Bob's Bucket List.

Comment by Jack Napier on 04-08-2012

this isn't happening until Floyd's ready to retire it's gonna be the last stand for both

Comment by Cgarcia on 04-08-2012

Get out of the way Arum. Fans now prefer to see Mayweather vs Martinez after Cotto the fight. I for one am looking forward to this fight.

Comment by Cgarcia on 04-08-2012

It's been three years. Arum is probably the only one left who still don't get it that Floyd don't want none of Pac.

Comment by Stop on 04-08-2012

[QUOTE=Boxing's Truth;11972708]If you haven't seen this by now we all know that it's more of a Floyd vs Arum battle than Pacroid. Floyd will not let Arum get none of his way. This is where Floyd is sticking a broom…

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