What Does That Tell You?

By Robert Ecksel on June 6, 2011

Manny Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, recently gave a candid interview to ESNews on the likelihood Floyd Mayweather Jr. fighting Pacman.

“I’m an optimist,” Arum said, “and I always felt they would eventually fight. At this point, I feel they’ll never fight.

“Recently, as recently as this week, legitimate people from Singapore offered Mayweather $65 million to fight Manny Pacquiao and he turned it down. $65 million is obviously a sum that Manny Pacquiao would accept. So, what does that tell you? It tells you that he doesn’t want to fight Manny Pacquiao. And he’s smart not to fight Manny Pacquiao because, truth be told, everyone who knows boxing knows Manny Pacquiao would clean his clock.”

Arum can’t be faulted for praising his fighter. That’s what promoters do. But in the case of Pacquiao it’s not hyperbole.

“When one fighter says ‘Hey, let’s do it!’ and he’s been active and making a lot of money, and the other guy who’s been inactive says ‘I don’t want to do it,’ what does that tell you?”

What it tells us and many others is that Mayweather wants no part of Pacquiao.

“One thing about Floyd, Floyd knows boxing, and Floyd knows style. That’s why Floyd was always reticent about fighting a southpaw. And a southpaw like Manny Pacquiao, he wants no part of, because even if he protects himself against the left hand, Manny’s going to bang him with the right hand.”

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  1. Joe 07:16am, 06/08/2011

    For the record, perhaps this is fanbased as well but I think Money would beat Manny.  However, if it’s true that Lil Floyd turned down a 65 million dollar offer - he may be ducking out of this one.  I can’t imagine anyone turning down that type money given the bravado and confidence of a fighter of Jr’s ilk.

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