But not even an hour had elapsed from the time Manny was declared the winner of his big rematch with the “Desert Storm”, when the always inquisitive boxing media began asking Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum about a potential fight between the pound for pound king of boxing, Floyd Mayweather, and the new WBO Welterweight Champion, Manny Pacquiao.
The Top Rank CEO was very clear on what he thought about a mega fight between Floyd and Manny.
“The only people who can make Floyd fight Manny is the public,” stated the 82 year old fight promoter.
“If they boycott the nonsense on May 3rd, that’s when the fight will happen without any preconditions on any side. That’s what the public should do. If you want that fight, tell your readers not to buy his fight on PPV, and not to buy tickets for it.”
“There are no other strategies here. We’re prepared to sit down with Floyd and his people any time to work out the conditions for the fight, but the public has to demand it.”
When asked if he was being too critical on the May 3rd fight between Floyd and current WBA Welterweight title holder Marcos Maidana, and whether or not Manny Pacquiao’s comeback fight in Macau, China with Brandon Rios was similar in nature, Bob was very resolute in his response.
“The Brandon Rios fight was very different. Manny was coming off of a long layoff after a devastating knock-out loss. It was an appropriate opponent for Manny, who had just been knocked on his ass and was thought to have suffered a serious injury in the ring.”
“You have to be realistic about it. If Floyd Mayweather had gotten knocked out by Canelo, then I would say the same thing…that he’s entitled to fight a Maidana. But Floyd claims to be the greatest of all time.”
Although it’s very clear what the Top Rank, Inc. founder thinks of Mayweather’s upcoming PPV fight, Arum asks every fight fan and critic to think logically while deciding for themselves what should be considered appropriate activity concerning the best fighters in boxing.
“Judge for yourselves whether or not it’s a competitive fight. Look at the race and sports book at what the odds are. Leading into that fight, a lot of people bet on Brandon Rios because they felt that Manny was finished. That’s not the case with Floyd’s next fight.”
Before Manny’s big victory last night in Vegas, Top Rank had announced that the winner of the Bradley/Pacquiao rematch would subsequently defend the title against the eventual winner of the May 17th event between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado.
Bob stated that he would be open to the idea of postponing a fight between Pacquiao and the eventual May 17th winner if it meant negotiating a deal with Floyd Mayweather in the interim.
“If they wanted a serious meeting about a potential fight, I would delay setting Manny up with the May 17th winner between Marquez and Alvarado. There’s plenty of time until May 17th for both sides to discuss a fight.”