After the second round negotiations of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fell through again, most of the boxing world pointed very accusative fingers in Floyd Mayweather’s direction, saying he is too scared to face Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao in the ring. But Bob Arum, whose dislike for Mayweather is very obvious, made a surprising move as he issued a statement defending the former pound for pound best fighter in the world.
Arum said that “what happened was these people that were talking with HBO, Mayweather was never on board. He never really wanted to do this fight (against Manny Pacquiao) this year if ever.”
The Top Rank big boss said that Mayweather’s representatives were the only ones who sat down at the table and talked about the fight. The very energetic boxing promoter never made it clear whether Mayweather knew whether or not negotiations were going on.
Another outspoken boxing promoter, Don King, has called Arum and said that if Mayweather joins King’s promotional outfit, he and Arum could seal a Pacquiao-Mayweather deal in a couple of hours.
According to Arum, King called him and said “Believe me if I end up with him (Mayweather), you and I will make a deal in maybe two hours”
Mayweather broke his silence over the matter and implied to Tim Smith of the Daily News that “his cozying up to King is an indication that he’s not too happy with Golden Boy Promotions or his advisers Al Haymon and Leonard Ellerbe.”