Arum doubts Mayweather’s Pacquiao ambitions
Top Rank’s Bob Arum has stated that Floyd Mayweather is squarely behind any delays in making a fight with Manny Pacquiao as a potential mega-fight between the two continues to allude the fans.
Arum, who was speaking during the promotion for Pacquiao’s clash with Chris Algieri on November 22, is convinced Mayweather would rather avoid the Filipino than open up negotiations for a huge encounter in 2015.
“As far as the Pacquiao fight is concerned with Mayweather, as much as a lot of people surrounding it would want it to happen, myself included and Manny included, Floyd is reluctant to fight Manny Pacquiao, period. If people don’t see that by now, they are never going to see it,” pointed out Arum.
“In as far as if Chris Algieri wins the fight against Manny Pacquiao, then there is a provision in the contract for a rematch. If he beats Pacquiao then beats Manny in a rematch and Floyd wants to fight him, that’s not my business – that’s up to Joe DeGuardia and it’s up to the Mayweather camp,” he added.
Pacquiao, 35, has long confessed his desire to mix it in the ring with the world’s pound for pound best, although has so far been frustrated in his attempts to nail down a challenge. Mayweather has only got two fights left on his lucrative deal with Showtime which runs out in September 2015 and is already being linked to a spring contest opposite the winner of Amir Khan v Devon Alexander.
Hopes will still be pinned on the two agreeing a huge bout at some point next year by the majority of the boxing fraternity, but there is a portion of loyal fans that believe the fight is now well past it’s sell-by date.
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