Bob Arum of Top Rank says negotiations between his company and Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a mega fight against Manny Pacquiao can begin as soon as one of Mayweather’s representatives contact him or one of his people from Top Rank. Arum says he wants to make the fight, but he’s still waiting on a call from Mayweather’s people to start the ball in motion to put the fight together.
Arum told USA Today “What, is Mayweather going to fight Amir Khan? Who gives a (expletive)? We’ve announced we’re willing to make anything happen. Now somebody has got to contact us so we can sit down and explore how it can happen. We’re ready to sit down and see if a deal can be reached. Floyd or his representatives, of course.”
The question is why is the experienced 82-year-old Arum waiting for Mayweather’s reps to contact him. If I’m Pacquiao, I would hope that my promoter would be assertive enough to pick up a phone and call Mayweather’s reps to start negotiating. Why is Arum acting like it’s them that has to make the phone call instead of himself? When I hear Arum taking about how someone needs to call him or he doesn’t know the number to call to start negotiations, that just makes me think that he doesn’t want the fight.
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Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2) and Brandon Rios (31-1-1) are on a collision course for November 23 at the Venetian Macao in Macau, China.
Yet the main story is Floyd Mayweather.
Fans have trainer Freddie Roach to thank, who told ESPN he still has hope for the “superfight” between Pacquiao and Mayweather:
Every big fight that was supposed to happen in boxing happens somewhere along the way, I just hope this one isn’t going to happen too late when they’re both washed up and not the same. Then they’re just doing it for the money, anyway.
I still have hope. Mayweather’s in the same position [Pacquiao] is. You’ve only got eight fighters in the world that can sell on pay-per-view and make money. That’s why I give it a shot.
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Top Rank promoter Bob Arum believes that if “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao shows that he’s back in his “Clash in Cotai” against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in Macau on November 24 then a fight against pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr can happen.
Arum was guest on Australia’s 1116 SEN Radio on the program “Evenings with Mark Fine” which on Mondays also features well-known Australian boxing promoter Peter Maniatis.
Arum said “The only major impediment is that Mayweather now fights for Showtime and Manny for HBO” but cited a precedent “when they had the same situation years ago where Lennox Lewis was an HBO fighter and Mile Tyson fought for Showtime.”
He noted that the two networks “came together and shared responsibilities of promoting the pay per view and it worked out really well.”
Arum feels that “if Manny demonstrates that he’s back and there’s a public outcry, we should be able to get it done.”
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Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao says he is furiously training like a 20-year-old to break a losing streak and re-establish his reputation as one of the world’s best fighters.
Pacquiao also said his match against American Brandon Rios in the Chinese territory of Macau next month would be “a good window” to promote boxing in China, and that he felt honoured to take part in the landmark bout.
“This training camp, I believe, is one of the longest preparations in my boxing career. I trained early because I want to prove that I can still fight in the top (tier) of boxing,” he told reporters in his home town of General Santos in the southern Philippines.
“This time my preparation is more serious, more focused. My mind is like when I was 20 years old.”
A former champion in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, Pacquiao, who turns 35 in December, is seeking to come back from two consecutive defeats which have led supporters to question if he should hang up his gloves.
He lost a controversial split decision to American Timothy Bradley in June last year, then suffered a sixth-round knockout to Mexican arch rival Juan Manuel Marquez six months later.
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WBO light welterweight champion Mike “Mile High” Alvarado is looking forward to beating No.1 ranked Russian Ruslan Provodnikov when they clash at the 1ST BANk Center in the champion’s hometown just outside Denver, Colorado.
Carlos Narvaez of ESPN Deportes.com reports that Alvarado can’t understand how Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios whom he beat by a unanimous decision to win the title, landed a blockbuster fight against Pacquiao set for Macau on November 24.
Alvarado who had to shed off one pound to make the 140 pound limit looked drained at the weigh-in said the fight against the hard-hitting, rugged Provodnikov, a former sparring partner of Pacquiao, means a lot to him ands he will “go out and make a statement.”
Alvarado was clearly disappointed he didn’t get the Pacquiao fight. He told ESPN Deportes boxing writer Narvaez ‘I can’t deny that when Rios got the fight against Pacquiao, I was really disappointed. I deserved that fight. But now, I’m the world champion and choose to remain focused. If I beat Provodnikov, who knows, maybe the next fight will be the dream fight, the long-awaited huge payday” against Pacquiao.
But for that fight to take place Pacquiao who is training relentlessly in his hometown of General Santos City under the celebrated Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has to beat Rios and even his promoter Bob Arum is not prepared to discuss a possible next fight for Pacquiao insisting that the Rios fight won’t be a walk in the park for Manny.
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One of the more bizarre things to happen in boxing over the past year is Juan Manuel Marquez officially and firmly shutting the door on a rematch between him and Manny Pacquiao. In a sport where superstars are few and far between, nobody closes the door on second and third and fourth bouts against the same opponent because often times those are the most lucrative fights one can make.
Surely enough, Marquez has never earned bigger paydays than the ones he received fighting Pacquiao.
Despite that, though, shortly after knocking Pacquiao out in dramatic fashion last December, Marquez came out and said their rivalry was complete. He ignored the calls for a fifth match, and instead focused his attention on a far less anticipated bout against Timothy Bradley. His main justification for doing this, in his own words, is that because he beat Pacquiao in far more definitive fashion than the eight division champ beat him, there was no need for a rematch.
It’s worth noting: Pacquiao granted Marquez rematches on two different occasions.
This week, while doing media sessions promoting his showdown against Bradley, Marquez was asked about whether or not he’d be willing to fight Pacquiao again. Surprisingly, he didn’t offer a definitive no.
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The single most talked about fight in boxing history to never happen has been Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao. The fight was close to being made early in 2010 when money was agreed on, but ultimately it fell apart over drug testing, and since that point the bout has been nothing but a fantasy match up of what would happen if the two were to ever meet in the ring. The dream of that fight was shattered when Manny Pacquiao was knocked out by long time rival Juan Manuel Marquez, and it looked like talk of the fight and it becoming a reality was over.
In Part 2 of my “On The Ropes” interview with Floyd “Joy” Mayweather Sr, he spoke on the match up, and it seems the fight that would never happen, might actually have a chance of being made. Besides discussing Pacquiao as an opponent for his son, he talked about the major sticking point for the bout, drug testing, and what he thinks it will take to get the fight signed. Additionally Mayweather gave his thoughts on the final run of his son’s career and when he thinks his son might finally see defeat in the ring. Here is what Floyd Mayweather Sr. had to say.
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Pacquiao made it through his first sparring sessions in the Philippines without getting knocked out in his preparation for his November 23rd fight against Brandon Rios in Macao, China. Pacquiao sparred with 2nd tier fighters welterweight Frederick Lawson and junior middleweight Marlon Alta.
This wasn’t the guys that Pacquiao has sparred in the past with the hard hitting Ruslan Provodnikov and Raymundo Beltran.
Pacquiao did well against the little known Alta, according to RingTV, and was able to dominate the bigger fighter. The same for Lawson, who reportedly spent much of the time moving around rather than engaging.
It seems that Pacquiao’s team should have done a better job in looking for sparring partners that are similar to Rios, because neither of the sparring partners they have now are going to prepare Pacquiao for what’s in store for him on November 23rd.
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A little less than three years ago, when both were recognized as two of boxing’s biggest stars, Sergio Martinez called out Manny Pacquiao. In a way it made sense: they were largely without equals at that point.
Pacquiao was coming off drummings of Antonio Margarito, Joshua Clottey, Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton. Martinez had been on a tear since 2001, dominating all challengers not named Paul Williams. Again, from the standpoint that both were competing on a whole different level than the guys they were being forced to fight, the prospective showdown made sense.
So why didn’t Pacquiao-Martinez ever materialize then? Easy: size.
Martinez is 5’10. Pacquiao is generously listed at 5’6, but he’s actually smaller than that. Realizing his size advantage over Pacquiao, Martinez offered to come down in weight to 152, and agreed to fight at catchweight. Unfortunately, that didn’t really solve anything. Pacquiao and his team rejected the offer, and everyone moved on.
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On June 9, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada, Timothy “Perfect Storm” Bradley won a highly controversial split decision over Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao during their WBO Welterweight title fight.
Most of the people who watched the contest between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, were not satisfied with the final decision from the three judges as it was undeniable that most of the rounds were dominated by Pacquiao. But then, the victory was still handed to Bradley even though Pacquiao clearly won the bout. Because of that, most everyone in the arena had shown their frustration and angry, following the announcement of the winner. They were worried about the boxing’s credibility for it might affect upcoming boxing events. Although Pacquiao accepted the verdict respectfully, he should have challenged the call of the judges because it was the right thing for him to do. He should have protested after the fight, but he didn’t.
We have seen Manny Pacquiao showed his sportsmanship to the public, yet it seemed to me he was also to blame for not complaining after what happened. He didn’t even talk about it afterwards. I believe there should have an appropriate intervention and disciplinary actions for those judges who made a wrong judgment so that it would never happen again in boxing. Pacquiao and Bradley had both risked their life in the ring. So, I think it would be just to take this matter seriously and to have an unbiased standpoint.
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