Even though some have already written off the possibility of a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao super-fight, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum remains optimistic that the highly anticipated bout will take place in 2013.
“Pacquiao will have another fight this year and then look forward to maybe fighting two fights with Mayweather next year,” Arum said during a recent interview with the Manila Standard. “I don’t think anybody on Mayweather’s side could commit him now for a fight because you don’t understand how debilitating it is living in prison, eating that kind of food.”
This isn’t the first time Arum has indicated a desire to put Pacquiao in the ring against boxing’s pound-for-pound king. He seemed eager to face Mayweather early on in the year – when it looked like Floyd was about to start serving his jail sentence. But he quickly changed his stance when Mayweather’s sentence was postponed.
However, I do think he’s a little more sincere about his desire to face Mayweather this time around, considering the fact his days of milking Pacquiao for cash are slowly coming to an end.
Pacquiao might have clearly won his last outing against Timothy Bradley, but I certainly wasn’t impressed with his performance. He wasn’t nearly as sharp as he was a few years ago, and his punching power was about the only thing he had going for him against Bradley – who is a B-level fighter at best. I’m not even sure the Pacquiao that faced Bradley on June 9 would be able to get past the Miguel Cotto that faced Floyd in May.
Negotiations with Mayweather won’t be easy, considering the fact the WBC welterweight champion wasn’t exactly open to the idea of a 50/50 revenue split with Pacquiao, even before the Filipino congressman’s loss to Bradley. Mayweather will have even more demands during the next round of negotiations, and it’ll be interesting to see how far Arum is willing to bend.