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Floyd Mayweather says Arum’s greed is holding up Pacquiao fight

02/29/2012 at 12:28 pm By

It is s the fight all boxing fans, both die hard and casual, want to see. It’s the fight HBO PPV and Las Vegas would pull out all the stops for. Potentially, it would be the biggest boxing match since Ali/Frazier. Unfortunately, Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao is the fight we will never get to see, and it has little to do with boxing.

While on a promotional tour to hype his upcoming championship bout with Miguel Cotto, Mayweather made some very telling remarks about the possibilities of fighting Pacquiao. Here are Floyd’s comments:

“Bob Arum likes to match Top Rank fighters with Top Rank fights. He keeps all the money in house,” Mayweather said.

“Just by speaking to Pacquiao on the phone, I mean, he’s not one of the sharpest knives in the drawer,” Mayweather said. “He faces Floyd Mayweather, he’s not getting 50-50. Not at all. No one is getting 50-50.”

“If I offered him $30 million, he should be happy,” Mayweather said. “If I offered him $30 million and I didn’t give money on the back end, why should I? He’s with Arum right now, and they’re having problems. It’s obvious he must not be getting money on the back end.”

“If I’m scared and I’m a coward, why do you guys want to see me fight?” he said. “Do I want the Pacquiao fight? Absolutely. But it’s going to be hard to make the fight because Arum is worried about getting money.”

Mayweather and Top Rank head promoter Bob Arum haven’t seen eye to eye since Mayweather left Top Rank in 2006 to promote his fights independently (which is still the best personal business move in boxing history). One would think that with the amount of money on the table that Mayweather-Pacquiao would generate the two sides could put their differences aside and make it happen, but that appears to be out of the question.

In my opinion, Mayweather’s reluctance to give Pacquiao a 50/50 split of the purse is really directed at Arum, who as Pacquiao’s promoter would get a large percentage of Pacquiao’s take. Mayweather’s comments about Bob Arum and money are the most candid we have heard on record to date. At the same time, it is very interesting that Mayweather, who left Top Rank to make more money for himself and who refused to give Pacquiao a 50/50 split, is accusing Arum’s greed as the reason the fight won’t happen. Pot, meet kettle.

There are tons of subplots that have been tossed around regarding the Mayweather/Arum/Pacquiao triangle; from the drug testing, to Mayweather’s pending jail sentence not allowing time for construction of an outdoor ring on the Vegas Strip. But in reality the only reason fans will never see Floyd Mayweather in the ring with Manny Pacquiao comes down to one simple word: Money. And that is unfortunate.


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9 Comments so far

  1. nino luciano

    on 03/01/2012 - Reply

    G-R-E-E-D! That’s why Floyd’s called ‘M-O-N-E-Y’!

    • Dayo

      on 03/02/2012 - Reply

      I think Mayweather is the one that is greedy. He wants more money. He doesn’t want the 50/50 because he is plain greedy!

      • Y Mars

        on 03/03/2012 - Reply

        I like Mayweather as a fighter but he’s dumber than cotton. Pacquiao’s stature/popularity in boxing is just as great as Floyd’s. Fans want to see both fighters go to war. No one wants to see one guy more than the next. Fans want to see em both. Floyd is supposed to offer a 50/50 split of everything, because both fighters are worth the same – equally. I don’t know who is giving Floyd his advice, but he needs to take a page out of Roy Jones Junior’s book. Roy Joy had a chance to fight big name fighters such as Hopkins and Calzaghe when he was in his prime, but would not offer a fair purse to his opponents because of bad advice. In the end Jones never really became a household name outside of the boxing realm. He also never made the money he could have made. His legacy is also being questioned because of his lackluster performances down the stretch. If dumb Greedy Floyd doesn’t wisen up he will suffer a similar fate!!!

        • Jbizzel

          on 03/12/2012 - Reply

          He will NOT suffer the same fate as Jones because he is much smarter than that,and will not lose..40 mill is more than “Puc” will make with Arum and this iam sure! He should have taken the garuanteed money from Mayweather because Arum will surely rapped him for every cent!!

  2. Terry Cox

    on 03/02/2012 - Reply

    The Golden Boy terminated his relationship with Bob Arum and is making and keeping tons of money.

    Floyd Money Mayweather terminated his relationship with Bob Arum and is making and keeping tons on money.

    Manny Pacman Pacquiao TERMINATE your realtionship with Bob Arum so you make and keep your tons of money

  3. NCiego

    on 03/02/2012 - Reply

    Not the sharpest knives in the drawer? Who’s the one going to jail again?

    • Ray

      on 03/03/2012 - Reply

      This is in terms of the business of boxing. Do you really think Pac needs Bob Arum? Arum is getting 30% and keeping all the ppv back end. Fighter need to wake up. and let’s not talk about MMA. Dana White is the devil. He’s Don Kings brother from another mother.

  4. Mako674

    on 03/04/2012 - Reply

    Pfffft, we get to see the best fight the best in our sport. It’s crap like this why I quit watching boxing,…the world will never see this fight cuz greedy Floyd is a coward. Niether one of these bafoons would last a round in the octagon, they’d get tapped out quick.

  5. Kingfor1000years

    on 03/08/2012 - Reply

    Arum is Floyd, Floyd is Arum

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