Bob Arum: Mayweather-Pacquiao in doubt for ’09

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Bob Arum: Mayweather-Pacquiao in doubt for ’09
by Brian VanOchten | The Grand Rapids Press
Saturday May 30, 2009, 7:20 PM
http://www.mlive.com/boxing/index.ssf/2009/05/bob_arum_mayweatherpacquiao_in.html

The posturing between the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao camps regarding a potential megafight between the former and current pound-for-pound champions continues.

Top Rank’s Bob Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, said in a report posted on Philstar.com it is unlikely the two biggest names in the sport will be able to meet in the ring until sometime in 2010, if at all.

It has been speculated that a Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown might happen Oct. 17.

Yet Arum contends Mayweather, who is set to fight Juan Manuel Marquez on July 18 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, needs more than three months to prepare for such a big fight.

“I think Mayweather would not really be available this year,” he told BoxingScene.com.

“Obviously, we’re not going to wait until after the Marquez fight. There have been no discussions whatsoever with the Mayweather people at this particular point,” he added. “And as far as I know, nobody is pushing the Mayweather fight.”

The undefeated Mayweather, a six-time former world champ and Grand Rapids native, has insisted he get the lion’s share of the purse in any matchup against Pacquiao.

“It will be a cold day in hell before that happens,” Mayweather told FightHype.com about the chances of him agreeing to a 50-50 split of the purse.

Arum, who once promoted Mayweather, has fired back that he will not let Mayweather dictate the timing or financial terms of a fight against Pacquiao.

Arum, meanwhile, continues to push for Miguel Cotto or Shane Mosley as Pacquiao’s next opponent, although the final decision will be made by Pacquiao and Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach

Promoter Bob Arum, right, says he won’t way for Floyd Mayweather’s July 18 fight to determine Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent.

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