Arum on Floyd’s demand: Keep dreaming
abs-cbnNEWS.com | 06/12/2009 6:14 PM
The Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. match up will never happen unless “Pretty Boy Floyd” gives up his pay demands, according to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.
“If Mayweather persists with this position, a fight will never happen,” Arum said on a report by Setanta Sports News.
The former top pound-for-pound fighter earlier said that he will not accept a 50-50 share of revenue for a match with Pacquiao.
Pacquiao already had a similar share during his fight with Ricky Hatton. His camp insists that it will not happen again.
“Mayweather is taking the position that unless he gets more money, there will never be a fight – that’s absurd,” Arum said. “Manny is the most sought-after boxer on the planet.”
Pacquiao, the reigning pound-for-pound king, also beat Mayweather’s erstwhile foes Hatton and Oscar de la Hoya. Unlike Mayweather, the Filipino boxer defeated the two boxers in sensational fashion.
Last May, Pacquiao toppled Hatton with a devastating left hook to the jaw in the second round. Several months earlier, he battered De la Hoya to a technical knockout defeat within eight rounds.
This is in contrast with Mayweather’s performance against the two fighters. It took Mayweather 10 rounds to knock out Hatton in July 2007. In his fight against De la Hoya several months earlier, he was only able to eke out a split decision.
For Arum, a fight between Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto is more doable in the near future.
Cotto, another Top Rank fighter, will be facing Joshua Clottey in New York on June 13.
Arum believes a Pacquiao-Cotto match would have as much appeal as a Mayweather fight.
“If Cotto beats Clottey that’s just as big a fight,” Arum said.
as of 06/12/2009 6:33 PM