With negotiations regarding a super-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0-0) and Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2) not moving as fast as boxing fans would like, many have pointed the finger at Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.
Arum insists a bout against Mayweather remains his top priority, even though the 80 year old promoter was pushing for a fourth bout against Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1), after Pacquiao struggled against the Mexican boxer in their last encounter. Arum plans to begin negotiations early in 2012.
“Hopefully, at that point, we’ll have some serious dialogue with Mayweather,” Arum told the Manila Standard. I’m not sure, although I remain optimistic. Mayweather really can’t commit to anything now, because next week, he’s before the courts. So if the trial is going to happen, he can’t do the fight. You have to understand that this isn’t the kind of fight you make in 15 minutes. It doesn’t work that way. It takes time, and my obligation is to get Manny the best deal possible.”
Talks about a super-fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao have gone on for years, and the back and forth between the two camps is starting to get old. Even though Arum says the super-fight is now a top priority, it’s a little hard to take him seriously.
Arum did talk a lot about a fourth fight with Marquez, and it’s a little shocking to see he’s had a change of heart. Boxing fans shouldn’t get ahead of themselves though, given the fact this isn’t the first time the two camps have decided to hold talks.
Hopefully, everything falls in place this time around and the two greatest boxers in the world will go to war. Personally, I’m getting tired of the back and forth between the respective camps and their fans, and I hope the debate over boxing’s pound-for-pound best gets settled in 2012.
The sport certainly needs the fight, and it’s about time these two get in the ring and handle business.