By Lem Satterfield
Legendary promoters Don King and Bob Arum of Top Rank, are ready and willing to make a fight between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. King has recently wooed Mayweather and worked alongside promotional rival Arum, who handles Pacquiao.
Negotiations to make a fight between Mayweather (41-0, 25 knockouts) and Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) have twice failed over the issue of drug testing even though they were close to being completed, this when Mayweather was being promoted by Top Rank's bitter adversary, Golden Boy Promotions.
King and Arum, both 79-years-old, are working together on the March 12 Showtime pay-per-view featuring a bout between WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs), and ex-titlist Ricardo Mayorga (29-7-1, 22 KOs).
"Floyd Mayweather, in my humble opinion, is the best fighter in the world. He can fight anybody and everybody," said King to FanHouse. "Floyd, if he desires, could fight every three or four months, even without Pacquiao. But the two of them meeting is inevitable. They should meet."
Pacquiao has a May 7 title defense against three-division champion Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs). Arum says Mayweather-Pacquiao is an easy fight for him and King to make. Once Mayweather clears up his legal issues, and make an indication that he wants the fight, Arum is confident a deal will get done.
"That fight is not hard to make. It's up to Floyd Mayweather. If Mayweather wants to fight Manny, I mean, obviously, Manny has to get by Mosley," said Arum. "But of course we would look to fight Mayweather next. It's not a hard fight to make. It's not hard at all. All Floyd Mayweather has to do is to say yes, and everything else would fall into place."
Lem Satterfield is the boxing editor at AOL FanHouse and the news editor at BoxingScene.com. To read more from Lem Satterfield, go to AOL FanHouse by Clicking Here.