Sunday, January 17, 2010

Arum: “The fight [Mayweather-Pacquiao] will get made in two seconds if Mayweather comes to me and we talk”

By Jason Kim: We might be finally seeing a softening of the stance from Top Rank’s promoter Bob Arum pertaining to a possible fight between World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather. In an article at the Nydaily News, Arum says “The fight get made in two seconds if Mayweather comes to me and we talk.” However, Mayweather will likely still have to apologize to Pacquiao to get him to drop his defamation lawsuit. This is great news that Arum is still interested in putting this together. However, it’s unfortunately little late in the game now.

Pacquiao has already been set up for a March 13th fight against former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey at the Dallas Cowboy stadium, in Texas. Under the best circumstances, we likely won’t be seeing a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao until the summer, even if Arum could get Mayweather to apologize and drop his requests for random blood tests. I doubt that Mayweather will do either.

Mayweather feels strongly about the random blood tests and I would expect that he would still want them to take place if he’s to fight Pacquiao in the future. What Arum could do to make this fight happen is to get Pacquiao to agree to a compromise of five days or so, making the last blood test stop at 19 days before the fight instead of 24 days. Mayweather wanted to have the random blood tests stop at 14 days before the fight. If they split the difference, that would come out to 19 days. That sounds like an agreeable solution.


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