By Jamal Dicky
It seems Bob Arum doesn’t give a damn if the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight happens, and apparently he thinks we are all stupid enough to buy his excuses of prolonging the fight until next year. We’ve been hearing this from Arum since 2009! He would say no, the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight isn’t likely until 2010, oh wait the fight will not be until 2011, sorry the fight will not be ready until 2012, now the same old thing with Arum the fight won’t be likely until 2013. Talk about milking your cash cow and leading the people on. It would be nice if Arum just says “No way am I putting Manny in with Floyd, my guy has no chance!” All of the unbiased fans know the truth, and the truth is Arum doesn’t care if the fight happens as long as he can make millions off of Pacquiao versus Top Rank fighters.
Here is Bob Arum’s exact quote from Keith Idec of BoxingScene.com:
“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.”
Even though a lot of people including myself felt Juan Manuel Marquez outboxed Pacquiao, we don’t want to see that fight for a fourth time — that fight can wait — give us the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight next. I actually think putting Timothy Bradley in with Manny Pacquiao was a calculated move by Arum because he knows Manny has been talking of retirement and Bradley can be the new young fighter Pacquiao passes the torch to. Bradley is tough and given Manny’s last fight he hasn’t looked all that great, so Arum is in a win situation for himself but the boxing fans aren’t, but for Arum he would rather have Manny lose to one of his own fighters than to Mayweather.
I don’t get why some Manny Pacquiao fans would even continue to defend Arum after all of his excuses. It’s very clear that he doesn’t want the fight to happen. His recent excuse was he needed a temporary outdoor stadium, and wanted the fight to be pushed to late May or early June knowing full well Floyd Mayweather has to serve his jail sentence during that time frame. Alex Ariza who is Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach has exposed Arum several times to the media, and people still haven’t woken up. HBO could step up and refuse a Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 fight and tell Arum we want the Mayweather fight or no fight at all, but it won’t do any good because Arum won’t be pushed around the man wants it his way or no way at all, he would just put that on Showtime or independent Top Rank PPV. Only way we can show our displeasure is by not ordering Pacquiao vs. Bradley.
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