More complicated than peace negotiations between battling countries, the Floyd Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao talks continue to keep us in suspense, waiting for white smoke to come out of some conference room and let us know we have the biggest boxing fight in a long long time.
A lot of finger pointing and accusations are thrown around as the who doesn’t want the fight to happen. Up until recently Floyd Mayweather seemed to be the cause of the delay. Legal problems aside, it seemed he just didn’t want the fight to happen. Maybe he still doesn’t but he looks like he’s making an effort.
The fingers are pointed toward Top Rank’s Bob Arum these days. Possibly the strongest man in the business is Manny Pacquiao’s promoter, and the third fight between the pound-4-pound king and Juan Manuel Marquez shuffled the cards in such a way that Arum seems to be favoring a fourth fight with Marquez.
Be it Oscar De La Hoya, not exactly best buds with Arum or Floyd Mayweather, the other camp is pointing fingers at Arum as not wanting to do business with Golden Boy, denying Manny Pacquiao the fight he prefers to take. The Pacquiao camp, especially trainer Freddie Roach, also had it’s share of blaming Arum for the stall.
The thing is, this is not personal. This is business. I hate when personal feelings get brought into the equation. It’s stupid. The thing is that Bob Arum and Don King didn’t always get along, but they did business. There’s no reason that they shouldn’t be able to make it happen.
Arum is thinking business actually, maybe long term, but still business. Suddenly fearing Pacquaio’s chances against Mayweather, he prefers milking the Filipino cash-cow for another Marquez fight which will bring in plenty of money, with a smaller risk of Manny losing the fight and beginning the downward spiral.
Bob Arum? He doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. Certainly, we at Top Rank want that fight, Manny wants that fight, I believe Floyd wants that fight. So why wouldn’t I be optimistic? It doesn’t necessarily have to be on May 5. If Floyd wants to fight Pacquiao, maybe another day is preferable.