Top Rank boss Bob Arum has admitted that he has a daunting challenge ahead of him if he is to play some part in putting together the biggest fight in the history of the sport in the coming weeks.
The anticipation is building with fans and media in the sport as rumours that a mammoth fight between pound for pound number one Floyd Mayweather and his understudy Manny Pacquiao could be agreed for 2015.
Arum has been involved in the past as Mayweather v Pacquiao negotiations have fallen apart over drug-testing and money issues – among others, but the real problem lies with the ‘Money’ man’s fear of suffering a first defeat, according to the veteran promoter.
“The real problem is that Mayweather is so damn smart when it comes to boxing and he realises that of all the fighters fought and all the fighters out there that Manny poses the biggest threat. Why? Because Manny is fast, Manny can punch and Manny is left handed. Floyd never wants to fight a left handed fighter because his style is designed to fight orthodox fighters,” Arum exclusively told World Boxing News over the phone this week.
“So to get Mayweather in the ring with Pacquiao is a monumental task. Not because of splits, not because of money, because Manny stands the best chance of anybody that Floyd has faced to beat him.
“A left-handed fighter, unless he is slow as molasses, he really has difficultly with. The couple that he has fought, one guy almost cold cocked him years ago. Mayweather retreated to his corner as he is very smart and Manny really poses a big danger for him.”
Mayweather is now 37 years-old and didn’t look at his majestic best in defeating Marcos Maidana twice in 2014, but Arum doesn’t believe this has any bearing on the fight ass he predicted a comprehensive victory for Pacquiao if the fight comes off.
“I don’t think that matters (if Mayweather has looked good or not recently). If you look at his style and how he fights defensively and that everything he does if designed against a right-handed fighter,” stressed Arum.
“There’s always a doubt, but I feel similar to the way Freddie Roach feels – that Manny Pacquiao will decisively beat Floyd Mayweather and may very well knock him out – stop him.”
Pacquiao, 35, completely overwhelmed Chris Algieri in his last outing in Macau and only has eyes for Mayweather right now as speculation mounts that the Filipino may also be contemplating a move down in weight.