Arum Obstructing Pacquiao Mayweather Fight


Word out of Las Vegas is that Bob Arum appears to be obstructing the long-awaited Pacquiao Mayweather fight. Arum, Pacquiao’s long-time promoter and Mayweather agitator, is floating the idea that the fight take place in either April or June of 2015 instead of on Mayweather’s choice of Cinco de Mayo weekend. Mayweather was recently interviewed at a Showtime boxing card declaring that he was up for the fight but insisted that it take place on May 2 of next year.

Insiders are suggesting that this is a bit of a power-play as the long time Top Rank promoter and Mayweather camps have been sparring in the press for the many years since Mayweather dumped Arum’s Top Rank promotional company in favor of Golden Boy. The problem may in fact be power-play but it appears to have more to do with the fact that the Canelo Alvarez Miguel Cotto fight is tentatively scheduled for the same Cinco de Mayo weekend. Alvarez has made it clear that he wants that weekend and added that the date was non-negotiable. If there is a power-play at work it would appear to be between Alvarez and Mayweather with Top Rank doing HBO’s bidding.

Alvarez is an HBO-contracted fighter while Mayweather is with Showtime. There is a great deal of money at stake and if Arum can get Mayweather to move off his May 2 demand then both fights can go off with both networks making sizable profits without leaving money on the table. The problem for Arum is that in so pursuing he lays himself open to the accusation that he is obstructing the Pacquiao Mayweather fight, a fight most fans would argue should take precedence over an Alvarez Cotto fight.

In the now famous Showtime interview Mayweather put the blame for the Pacquiao fight not taking place squarely on his former promoter’s shoulders. In a December 15 tweet Mayweather again insisted that fight fans have been misled and that “Bob Arum is in the way.”

Arum’s latest maneuver appears, at least on surface, to give credence to Mayweather’s objections. Money May has for years contended that Arum has never been keen to see his personal money-making machine Manny Pacquiao fight him for fear that he would be embarrassed and lose his pay-per-view earning power.

To further politicize and complicate negotiations Arum suggested that Mayweather, an American, has been disrespectful of Mexican fight fans for wanting to keep a Mexican holiday for selfish purposes. This argument, in the eyes of observers, is calculated to drive a wedge between high paying Mexican fans celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the Mayweather camp. If the Top Rank promoter can create enough pressure from Mexican fight fans, as the logic goes, Mayweather may be forced to move off the May 2 date.

The ball is now in the Mayweather court to address the issue but Mayweather has, to date, indicated no willingness to accommodate the proposed change. Fight fans have been waiting a long time for the fight to materialize, and now with Arum apparently obstructing the Pacquiao Mayweather fight, all bets may be off. As it turns out, as many are intimating, Mayweather may have been right all along.

Commentary By Matthew R. Fellows



Boxing News 24


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17 Responses to "Arum Obstructing Pacquiao Mayweather Fight"

  1. Rock R   December 25, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    LOL..Pactard delusional logic as usual. Everybody knows u got a perverted worship of manny pacquiao. And now everybody knows whos really been ducking and avoiding the fight. Its over dude…deal with it.

  2. wbox   December 24, 2014 at 2:03 am

    a silly problematic article. just can’t accept floyd is scared of a tiny Filipino

  3. Edgar Nacario   December 23, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    The reason The Best Excuses, The Best Evader, The Greatest Ducker of All Time Fraud Gayweather is insisting on the May 2 date is because his slow mind thinks that by taking away that date from Canelo Alvarez-Cotto he will prevent a potential blockbuster that could eclipse his biggest PPV numbers yet todate which is Mayweather-Alvarez(Canelo) and De la Hoya-Mayweather. He feels that Cotto-Alvarez can be a potential all-time high blockbuster if held on that date. He wants to take away that date from Cotto-Alvarez to prevent an HBO blockbuster and give it to Showtime as he is under pressure from Showtime to give it (Showtime)a PPV winner. It doesn’t matter who he fights against as long as he fights on that date.This is how the fraud’s mind operates.

  4. elijah mendiola   December 23, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    the fight between mayweather and pacquiao will never happen for as long as arum’s pride and ego tripping continues. it’s no longer business concerns that matter among the personalities but pride and ego. it’s mayweather who brought up the may 2 date not arum. highlighting may 2 date actually exacerbated the existing animosity between alvarez, hbo & arum and mayweather & showtime, on the other, which was obviously done by arum intentionally to put double wedge on the fight from happening. Put out arum in the equation and ALL THE OTHER PARTIES WILL AGREE AND SET ASIDE EGO & PRIDE AND DO BUSINESS! ARUM IS SPOILED BRAT. AND HE HAS NO INHERENT LOVE FOR BOXING AND BOXING FANS…. SIR ARUM PLS SACRIFICE YOUR EGO-PRIDE AND FANS WILL SEE THRU IT,LOVE YOU FOR THAT. LEAVE A FINE AND LOVING LEGACY !!!!!

  5. JailWeather Jr   December 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    ScumWeather Jr. keeps inventing excuses after excuses.
    Once Arum & PacMan agree to May 2, there’ll be new excuses….
    He is TBE = The Best Excuses with no testicles…..

  6. James   December 23, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Arum has always been the one. May 2nd is a great date. This is an excuse by manny to not make the fight…arum rather.

  7. BP   December 23, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I’m not a Mayweather fan, because of his personality and I find him boring.
    But, I am starting to believe that Arum is actually causing much of this. Mayweather left him, so Bob is still pissed because Floyd made it without him, and made all that money…wich Arum never got a piece of. Manny should have done the same thing and promoted himself after his contract was up. He deserved it, and he was capable of doing it, and making more coin for himself.

    But anyway, I don’t think it’s going to happen.

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