By Dar Mead
The long awaited Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. mega-fight has been the most difficult fight to make happen in the world of boxing. Now the final obstacle seems to be Top Rank’s Bob Arum, who currently promotes the Pacman and was the former promoter of Mayweather.
Arum seems to be holding Manny Pacquiao hostage and only letting him fight guys who will sign an exclusive fight contract with Top Rank and not have any other promoter be involved. Business wise this makes sense, maximize your profits promoting the fight yourself and cutting out middlemen.
If it’s all about money than Bob Arum should sign a contract assuring that their will be a trilogy or a rematch clause win, lose or draw versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. because there is no other fight in boxing that will earn either fighter or promoter the type of money a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight will. Also, by guaranteeing a rematch clause the return bout would also generate a lot of money especially if the first fight was a good fight or Pacquiao actually pulled off the miraculous upset and beat Mayweather.
I think this has more to do with pride. Sure Arum is a greedy guy, but knowing the type of money that could be generated you would think he would want to hop on the fight right away. But there is bad blood between Bob Arum, Floyd Mayweather Jr, and Golden Boy Promotions.
Arum has stated before he would gladly co-promote a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. if he was handled by his old rival Don King or went solo under Mayweather promotions without Golden Boy as co-promoters, that should tell you that it’s not really about money, sure the money is nice, but Arum is a man with too much pride and it seems his beef is more with Golden Boy promotions run by Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya, and Floyd’s manager Al Haymon. Whatever beef Arum has with these guys, it’s not known, but it is clear there is some type of bad blood.
I hope both parties can put aside whatever negative feelings they hold and make this fight happen already, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao aren’t getting any younger and the possibility of a trilogy would give boxing a big boost and benefit everyone involved financially including the economy in Las Vegas or wherever the fight will be hosted.
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