Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told the Manila Standard Thursday that WBC world welterweight titlist “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather and WBO world welterweight champion Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao will likely fight some time in November.
Speculation has run rampant that Mayweather (42-0, 26) and Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) will finally scrap May 5 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Sadly, despite an estimated purse that could pay both boxers in excess of $50 million apiece, the uncompromising and insatiable camps for both Pacquiao and Mayweather have long prevented the much-anticipated bout from occurring.
“What we are trying to accomplish assuming he [Mayweather] is going to fight in May and Manny is going to fight in June, is that we are pressing to see if we can get a contract signed between the two fighters for November,” said Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum, a corruptible weasel who acknowledged during a 2000 federal trial that he bribed the International Boxing Federation (IBF) to attain a higher ranking for one of his fighters. “That way the people will be assured that the fight is going to happen and there won’t be any of this nonsense which we can put behind us so we can do a huge, huge promotion.”
In all likelihood, Mayweather, who has captured nine world titles in five different weight classes, will clash with WBC light middleweight king Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Cinco de Mayo.
Similarly, Pacquiao will probably tangle with Puerto Rican icon and WBA world light-welterweight champ Miguel Cotto in a June 9 rematch.
Obviously, both Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) and Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) would be considered enormous underdogs in their respective contests.
Nevertheless, Cotto and Alvarez would equally have the definition of a punchers chance to emerge victorious.
Provided “Pac-Man” and “Pretty Boy” overcome their impending obstacles, a November clash between the two seems inevitable.
Longtime respected boxing trainer Roger “Pit” Perron from “The City of Champions” predicted Mayweather would overwhelm Pacquiao if they indeed meet.
“If and when they fight, put your money on Floyd,” said Perron, 75, who worked with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at Petronelli Brothers Gym in Brockton. “He (Mayweather) must be frothing at the mouth after watching Manny’s last fight.”
Pacquiao eked out an extremely controversial majority decision victory over WBA, WBO and The Ring lightweight royalty Juan Manuel Marquez in their third fight November 12 in “Sin City.”
In stark contrast to Pacquiao, Mayweather badly outclassed, and essentially embarrassed, Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) with a shutout unanimous decision triumph in September 2009.
For the sake of boxing and its long-suffering fans, Pacquiao and Mayweather must throw fists this autumn.
If they don’t meet in the squared circle, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will pathetically, and unforgivably, give the sport that has made them millions yet another black eye.
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