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Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s tirade against Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is an indication that the unbeaten American is scared of fighting him, according to an author of a forthcoming book about the 7-division world champion.
“I think these latest tirades for Mayweather show expression of insecurity, and maybe an expression of fear,” Gary Andrew Poole of TIME Magazine said in an interview with Gel Santos-Relos of ABS-CBN’s Balitang America.
“I don’t think he necessarily wants to fight Pacquiao when I watched that video…I thought also he didn’t really want to get in the ring with Pacquiao,” Poole added.
Poole is the author of a book on the boxer-politician, “Pacman: Behind the Scenes with Manny Pacquiao, the Greatest Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World.”
Poole said Mayweather’s rant, which has gone viral, is a total embarrassment for the American. .
“I think it’s embarrassing for boxing, its embarrassing for Mayweather, for Americans,” he said.
The writer noted that Pacquiao has gained a following in the US, and that the rant certainly paints a bad picture of Mayweather.
The American boxer, however, has already apologized for his racial slurs.
“A lot of people adore Pacquiao in US, it just has a high level of embarrassment here. Mayweather is a world-class boxer but he’s not showing much class,” said Poole.
In the video, Mayweather called the Filipino boxer “Poochiao,” “midget,” and “yellow chump.”
“It’s been a bad soap opera that just keeps getting worse,” Poole added.
Book on Pacquiao
Poole said his book reveals a lot of things many Pacquiao fans are not aware of.
“If you’re a Pacman fan you’ll learn some things… [it gives] access to see Pacquiao, it will give a sense of being in the Wild Card Gym,” he said. “This guy is a world icon, not just a Filipino.”
He added that the book will also show that there is more to Pacquiao than just boxing.
“It’s a book about Manny in the ring and outside the ring. He’s a very complicated guy; he has interest in helping people…He’s great for an author like me because there’s a lot to talk about,” said Poole.
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Written by John Mangun / Outside the Box | http://businessmirror.com.ph
It is becoming more obvious each month that the long-awaited boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is never going to happen. I never thought that it would, and I will be surprised if it ever does go off.
There have been many comments and excuses from both sides. First, there were the disputes about who should receive how much for their participation. Then, the Mayweather allegations that Pacquiao was on performance-enhancing drugs. Pacquiao countered that Mayweather was simply afraid. Contracts almost signed with negotiations suddenly failing at the end. Each fighter saying that he was anxious to fight and that it was the other person’s fault. Both fighters found other opponents easily, leading the commentators to say that each was just raising the excitement for a bigger payday.
The fact is that both men understand one of the basics of the fact of war and investing.
Many decisions we make in life—from the seemingly insignificant to the serious—are based on incomplete thinking and analysis. Because people do not think things through thoroughly enough and with enough looking at the big picture, we tend to base too many of our decisions on how much we assume our chances are for success.
Driving down the highway, we decide to speed up and overtake the car in front of us based on whether we think we can make it without causing an accident.
We look at the probability of success or failure, the odds of winning or losing. But there is another consideration that we need to factor in to our decision-making.
Both Pacquiao and Mayweather believe they can win. But both also know that there is a possibility of losing. A confusing unseen punch or a slip of the foot, and it’s all over. So, we and the fighters, in fact, know that on any given day, either one could come out the victor. The next and perhaps more important consideration than winning or losing comes into play. What do you win? What can you lose?
Driving down the road, you see you’re off ramp just ahead and you know you have to cut the other car off to make your exit. Maybe you can do it safely or not. Therefore, you quickly think about the reward of getting off where you want to go, or driving to the next turnoff and having to spend five minuets coming back. Are those five minutes worth the possibility of a car accident that could ruin the rest of your day?
If Mayweather wins, he will be the man who stopped Pacquiao and retired undefeated. But if he loses, the only thing he will be remembered for after his long-undefeated career is losing to Pacquiao. “Floyd Mayweather? He is the guy Pacquiao beat.”
If Pacquiao wins, everyone would say, “See. That proves he was the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.” But everyone is saying that right now, so what more can he gain?
But if Pacquiao loses, then he ends as a loser, regardless of a magnificent career that led to being the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
Further, no matter who might win, no one, including the boxers, would be satisfied without a rematch. Therefore, a single fight really means nothing in the big picture. And the loser of two fights would be disgraced.
In this case, no matter what the odds of success or failure might be, each has too little to gain and too much to lose by fighting the other.
People buy lotto tickets “knowing” they are going to lose. But the loss is so small in comparison with the amount of potential gain, that it makes the wager, the investment, sensible.
The first risk/reward concern is the probability of winning or losing. The second factor is how much you lose against how much you can win.
In order to be a successful stock-market player, the second consideration is critical.
For over a year, the market has been trending up. That puts the odds of success in your favor. While there have been issues that have doubled and tripled in price, there have been some big losers. GMA 7 is down 30 percent since reaching its high. Paxys is still down 90 percent from its high in 2007. Others went up and are now going down.
Assume then that it is 50/50 that your stock will go up or down. If it goes up, what is the potential gain? If it goes down, what is the possible loss? Charting and technical analysis can help with your decision-making by looking at supports and resistances.
Support is the price that investors consider is cheap and theoretically where everyone comes in to buy. Resistance is the price that is too high and most people want to sell. Therefore, you want to buy near support and sell near resistance. And further, you want to buy near support when resistance is a long way up to maximize your potential gain.
One issue on the PSE is 9 percent above support and more than 35 percent below its resistance. The trend is neutral. It is a 50/50 proposition. The risk is 10 percent since if it goes lower than that, the stock will fall considerably farther. But the upside potential is large.
If and when you find opportunities like this, it becomes much more sensible to trade without sleepless nights. You know where the downside stop loss point is and you know the high price objective that you are hoping to reach.
The stock market is not about winning and losing. It is about losing small and winning big and support and resistance levels can make that easier.
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Unlike the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Juan Manuel Marquez is very vocal about his intention to fight Pacquiao.
For Floyd if he fights and wins over Pacquiao then he will truly be recognized as the best boxer in his generation, undoubtedly.
But we all know that he already thinks he is the best fighter with his undefeated record.
His unwillingness to fight Manny Pacquiao has put his credibility in unstable ground, He has been quoted to be ducking fighters that had the possibility of defeating him, and one of the latest one is Manny Pacquiao which was why he was recently labeled coward by ESPN.
Enough of the coward, I mean Floyd Jr. , lets talk about the brave warrior from Mexico, Juan Manuel Marquez, well its true that Marquez would have more reason why he wants to fight Pacquiao, that is whyhe is always chasing for a rematch.
Juan Manuel Marquez lost two controversial fights to Pacquiao and that alone give him inspiration to chase him, to avenge his lost and to prove that he actually won those fights.
With his current win against the Baby Bull Juan Diaz, Marquez just put his name in contention again to fight the Pound for Pound king Manny Pacquiao.
While Manny Pacquiao is busy being a Congressman and His promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank targeting bigger opponents under his own house.
Bob is doing two things, grabbing all the money and giving more recognition to Pacquiao as he will fight for his eight title. Its a win win situation for Both Arum and Pacquiao, but how about the fans?
Most of us want to see Floyd vs Manny but its not going to happen yet, I blame both sides,oh well let settle for Margarito for now.
Although I hope just before Manny Pacquiao retired he can bring back boxing to the Philippines and fight his ultimate nemesis in Juan Manuel Marquez. Marquez deserve another chance to fight Pacquiao
Top Rank and Golden Boy have gone thru fail negotiation after another with Mayweather vs Pacquiao, Will it ever happen?maybe if Pacquiao looses to Margarrito then Mayweather will fight him.
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by Scoop Malinowski | http://www.boxinginsider.com
The truth is like a breath of fresh air after all the pollution we have endured from the disgraceful Mayweather team for the last four years. To read or hear the truth is a beautiful, wonderful thing, after having to suffer through all the ugly lies and deceptions from Al Haymon, Floyd Mayweather, Ellerbe, Schaefer and Oscar.
Here is the truth about Floyd Mayweather from a not-yet famous American boxer who I will tell you about later…
“I feel Mayweather’s whole game is off mental intimidation, kind of like Muhammad Ali,” says the American boxer. “And what he was doing was he was actually trying to bully a fight with Manny Pacquiao. But he’s waited too long. And the longer he waited, he got to see what Pacquiao is able to do. He watched Pacquiao fight fighters he didn’t want to get in the ring with – and fight fighters he did get in the ring with but he destroyed them in a way that Floyd didn’t. Mayweather took De La Hoya to a split decision. De La Hoya wasn’t in shape for that fight. And if you YouTube their 24/7, De La Hoya says right there on the 24/7, he’s doing something for his wife to get brownie points. And all men know what thats means – he’s having sex during training. So he fought a De La Hoya who just got in the ring for the money. And fought him to a split decision. An old De La Hoya.”
“So Pacquiao gets in the ring – they can say De La Hoya was dehydrated or whatever – De La Hoya is one of the smartest boxers – he knew what he was doing. He got in the ring and right there in that ring, Freddie Roach told Pacquiao, Change the gameplan, go straight at him. We’re gonna get him. And he stopped him. Then he goes out there and just crushes Ricky Hatton. And lays him out on the Rock Star sign. Ricky Hatton had Mayweather moving around for, what, 10 rounds? Mayweather didn’t want to fight Ricky Hatton, he kept waiting till he got exposed. Once he got exposed by the same fighter who beat Andre Berto and they robbed him (Luis Collazo). He always got robbed. He beat Ricky Hatton, he buckled Ricky Hatton. That’s when Mayweather said, I’ll take that fight.”
“I feel as though Mayweather will not fight nobody unless he has the advantage. He knows Pacquiao is a small guy but he’s stronger. He knows Pacquiao has power. So what he did was do what he did to all those other fighters – get in their head, make them wait. And actually, I think he was hoping somebody like Miguel Cotto would beat him – so the public wouldn’t want to see that fight any more. It put more fear into Mayweather’s heart because Mayweather has to see that. Like Freddie Roach said, I let everybody see our sparring sessions because we want to put fear in whoever Manny fights. When they’re sparring, they’re training for knockouts.”
When Mayweather saw – not only what Manny Pacquiao did to Miguel Cotto, but he took a tough Miguel Cotto left hook – he buckled off that left hook and he tapped them gloves together and told that boy, Come on. And beat him up. Beat him up.”
“Now you got Pacquiao looking at Margarito. Why is that gonna happen? And that’s gonna put more fear in Mayweather’s heart. Margarito starts slow, has no speed, no defense. That lil boy gonna stop that man.”
I ask our obviously well-schooled and intelligent boxer what does he think is next for Mayweather? Maybe Berto or Williams?
“He might fight Berto because he’ll beat Berto,” he says with a tone of certainty. “Berto has no feet, he stands like a duck. He has no feet. Of course he’ll take that fight. I say Berto is a C + almost B fighter. I seen him lose to Collazo. I seen him get dropped. I don’t think he should go past three round with Mayweather, that should be a sparring session.”
I ask our friend if he can imagine any way that Mayweather can beat Pacquiao?
“Yeah,” he answers before pausing. “If Mayweather trains as hard as – and Pacquiao breaks both his hands before the fight [smiles]. That’s how I see him beating him. Other than that, no. If they both train at their A game, Pacquiao’s gonna stop him. Mayweather’s style of fighting is to beat right-handed fighters. He had problems with Sharmba Mitchell but he beat him – (Mitchell was) washed up. He had problems with Chop Chop – Chop Chop hurt him in the fight. Zab dropped Mayweather, Zab gave Mayweather hell for the first four rounds. His style is not really for southpaw fighters. I believe if Zab was a disciplined fighter, trains at his hardest, did what he’s supposed to do, he’d a beat Mayweather that night. But he ran out of gas like Mayweather said weeks before: ‘We all know what’s gonna happen. Zab is a front-runner. We all know that front-runners eat you up in the beginning of the fight.’ I don’t even believe Mayweather is beating these fighters down – he’s training a lot harder. So he’s able to last longer.”
The boxer who has shared this fascinatingly blunt analysis is Richard Pierson, a 29-year-old middleweight prospect from Paterson, NJ. Pierson was the former sparring partner of Tomasz Adamek and Kelly Pavlik before each of his Jermain Taylor fights. At the time, Pavlik stated to the “Herald News” newspaper that Pierson had the qualities to become middleweight champion. But Pierson has had problems with his management and securing fights and has lost two short-notice fights to Don Mouton and Derrick Findley since turning pro in 2005.
Pierson, an intelligent, disciplined, 6-ft, 1-in tall, speedy and physically strong middleweight fighter, has gotten his career back on track to some degree – his last fight was a TKO 1 win over unbeaten 5-0 prospect Reynaldo Rodriguez on ESPN earlier this year, though he still is without a promoter or manager and struggling to get fights. He was scheduled to be on the Adamek-Grant undercard but his undefeated opponent has pulled out.
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Do you know who this is? He is Kevin Lole for awhile he and his crew was a believer of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But looks like he is coming out of his senses and have start to realize that Pacquiao is the best and Floyd just don’t want a piece of Pacquiao. Have fun reading his article here
source: Lance Pugmire | latimes.com
The president of HBO Sports announced that he did negotiate with representatives of both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. to try to stage a super-fight between the pair this year.
Ross Greenburg, in a prepared statement e-mailed to The Times on Monday, said, “Fights like Mayweather vs. Pacquiao are significant because of these fighters’ ability to connect with sports fans around the world.
“It’s unfortunate that it won’t happen in 2010.
“I had been negotiating with a representative from each side since May 2, carefully trying to put the fight together. Hopefully, someday this fight will happen. Sports fans deserve it.”
Greenburg’s statement contradicts a prepared statement by Mayweather’s lead advisor, Leonard Ellerbe, released in the days after Pacquiao promoter, Bob Arum, said he was moving on past the deadline for Pacquiao’s exclusive talks with Mayweather. Pacquiao will now fight Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13 at a site to be determined.
“No negotiations have ever taken place, nor was there ever a deal agreed upon by Team Mayweather or Floyd Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 13,” Ellerbe said then. “Either Ross Greenburg or Bob Arum is not telling the truth, but history tells us who is lying.”
Arum responded to Greenburg’s statement by criticizing Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions Chief Executive Richard Schaefer for previously describing negotiations as “very close,” — as De La Hoya formerly told a Spanish-language television network — and for not being more forthcoming about talks.
Schaefer, reached Monday by The Times, said he was unsure what prompted Greenburg’s statement and said, “[Greenburg] has not negotiated with me, let me put it like that,” and added he had no information that Greenburg had talked to Mayweather’s manager, Al Haymon, either.
“Leonard, me and Al talk on a regular basis, and I’m not aware of these ‘negotiations’ taking place, and I’m totally surprised Ross Greenburg would claim differently. If these negotiations took place, I’m confident I would have been aware of them.”
De La Hoya, at a media day in Hollywood for Saturday’s Juan Manuel Marquez-Juan Diaz fight in Las Vegas, said he originally described talks as “very close” because, “I was getting the question so often, I was hearing it in my sleep,” he said. “I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, it’s close.’ But I really didn’t know.”
Arum said Greenburg, who was apparently acting as a mediator of sorts, portrayed negotiations “exactly as I saw it, and how I acted. Ross is reflecting what the facts were. The [Ellerbe] statement defied explanation.
“You don’t lie to the press. And the thing Oscar had said … they’ve done the unpardonable: They’ve lied to the press.”
Schaefer said he didn’t appreciate the timing of Greenburg’s statement as the promoter worked on fight-week preparations in Las Vegas for Golden Boy’s HBO pay-per-view card, headlined by the Marquez-Diaz world lightweight title fight.
“I find it extremely unprofessional the president of HBO Sports would issue this statement before this weekend’s Golden Boy fights, one of our deepest cards ever,” Schaefer said. “My entire focus this week is on the well-being of this pay-per-view card on HBO, and they would be well-served to do the same thing.”
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Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has blasted Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer for lying to the media that no negotiations took place for a November 13 megabuck fight between pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Arum referred to the statement issued by HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg which was carried by respected boxing writer Mike Rosenthal of Ring Magazine in which Greenburg confirmed Arum’s claim that negotiations had been going on for some two months.
Significantly, Ring Magazine is owned by Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya.
Greenburg said in his statement “Fights like Mayweather vs Pacquiao are significant because of these fighters ability to connect with sports fans around the world. It’s unfortunate that it won’t happen in 2010. I had been negotiating with a representative from each side since May 2 carefully trying to put the fight together. Hopefully someday this fight will happen. Sports fans deserve it.”
One of Mayweather’s advisers Leonard Ellerbe had issued what Rosenthal branded “a bizarre statement” claiming no negotiations ever took place. That was supported by Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer which, in the face of Greenburg’s statement, puts them in a hole.
Arum said Schaefer “out and out lied to the press saying no negotiations took place and poor Oscar (De La Hoya) on television said negotiations were taking place. He spoke truthfully.” However, De La Hoya retracted his statement and claimed he was misquoted forcing Arum to state “now he (Oscar) looks like an idiot.”
The widely read boxingscene.com quoted De La Hoya’s answer to a question on TV about the Pacquiao-Mayweather negotiations last June in which he said “Up until now, it’s been a very difficult negotiation process for various reasons, but right now we’re very close. We’re very close in finalizing the contracts that were once very complicated. The two fighters now realize that this fight must be made. It has to be made because the boxing fans want to see it happen and right now it’s the biggest fight that can be made in the world. It’s going to be a big, big fight. I think right now we are very, very close in finalizing the contracts. I can’t talk right now in detail about the negotiations, but I will say that we are very close.”
In an attempt to wiggle out of the situation De La Hoya has claimed “I think I said it because I get the question asked so many times that, obviously, I was fed up and tired of it and I just said like, yeah, yeah, it’s gonna get made.”
De La Hoya told boxingscene.com “it was a quick answer that I should have obviously thought about. But, obviously, negotiations weren’t going on. Nothing was going on. Like I said, Mayweather has the key to making that fight happen.”
Wishing to put the Mayweather issue aside and to move on, Arum told us “in any event we are going with Antonio Margarito. I haven’t concluded the deal with Manny (Pacquiao) because we have a lot of stakes now, everybody is coming out of the woodwork wanting to do the fight.”
He said the Margarito fight is “going to end up bigger than you could imagine. Way bigger than (Joshua) Clottey” at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium which drew almost 51,000 fight fans last November.
Arum said the sites interested in hosting a Pacquiao-Margarito fight are Texas, Monterrey and New Jersey while Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz claimed that Abu Dhabi was still in the picture.
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By Mark F. Villanueva
When I think of the word Paris I’m reminded of the finer things in life. Last night I thought of our old coffee shop back home in a city that looks more like a town to me. Paris in itself is such a fine, fine word that may singlehandedly take away the fuss just thinking of it in a stressful day at the office. It summons words akin to it such as love, good food, enchanting sights, art, and structures; Now thanks to Antonio Margarito, who is not an artist, at least not in terms related to anything delicate and decent, and who is not an architect or craftsman of art structures but uses plaster yet in a deadly way, a tainted meaning is now embedded to the Plaster of Paris.
In hindsight, it seems clearer now after all the revelations in the past days of both Pacman and Mayweather’s camps lies that the Mega fight was never intended to happen at all, at least not this year. To me, it seems like Top Rank big boss Bob Arum wants to make a milking cow out of Manny one more time via Mexico, or maybe the U.A.E. depending on how much money gets laid down on the table before Pacquiao meets his ultimate match in Mayweather, and then maybe calls it a career. He said it himself that he spends so much money on building up the careers of his fighters and it’s not hard to comprehend that he wants one more squeeze for a return in investment. So milk it, Bob, milk it good.
I am one of those who are slowly yet very consistently getting tired of hearing about the Pacquiao versus Mayweather fight not happening. So much that sometimes when I think of it, it seems like I get to a point of being sick in the stomach that Pacquiao versus Margarito becomes like a fresh breeze, although it really isn’t. But at least it’s real and believe me, or, believe Bob, it’s gonna happen, which is better than just pondering on a Floyd Jr. fantasy match.
Antonio Margarito keeps no secret in the ring. He comes in to fight and brings the fight to you, always coming forward with or without cement wrapped around his fists. That’s how he is as a fighter. He just brings it on and slugs it out. He holds a Compubox record for most punches in a twelve round match, so go figure. He is also the perfect fodder to the Manny Pacquiao Farmville.
He always fights with both his hands held low, exposing his face (maybe ‘cause he wants us to see him grin even when eating punches) and he has no head movement whatsoever. I think that maybe he’s used to it on account of his height being taller than most boxers he’s fought against and will ever face in his career but that’s not going to work for him when he fights someone of Pacquiao’s caliber. I feel that Antonio Margarito in his best day won’t last ten rounds against Manny, and if you’ve seen his last fight against Roberto Garcia you’d say it was quite a mediocre performance. It’s easy. What Manny can hit, Manny destroys, and Margarito can easily be hit with your eyes half closed.
Many believe that the Tijuana Tornado does not deserve to be matched with the Pound 4 Pound King after all the controversies that swirl around him after the plaster inserts were taken off his wraps prior to the Mosley fight. I personally think it’s unimaginable that a fighter would not know what is being placed on his hands and I dare say he intended to cheat against Mosley unless if he was in deep slumber when those wraps were fixed, which is absurd.
Margarito clearly does not deserve this fight, but like all those who cheat, the rewards come as easily as they go. Ultimately, up there, up in the ring, he is going to get punished. We reap what we sow.
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source: Agence France-Presse
NEW YORK — The Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather mega fight talks took another twist Friday with Paquiao’s camp saying negotiations had stalled again and so they were looking to Mexico’s Antonio Margarito.
Pacquiao was going to fight Mayweather in 2010, but the latest deal to fight in November appears to have fallen through.
Promoter Bob Arum told SI.com Friday that Filipino superstar Pacquiao will face Margarito for the vacant WBC junior middleweight championship on Nov. 13.
The fight would probably have to take place in Mexico because Margarito doesn’t have a license to box in Las Vegas. Arum mentioned Monterrey, Mexico as a possible location but says he isn’t ruling out Las Vegas either.
“Making a deal won’t be a problem,” said Arum, who promotes both Pacquiao and Margarito. “We’ll get it done.”
Arum says he has asked Nevada officials for a conditional license to allow the suspended Margarito to fight in Las Vegas.
Former welterweight champion Margarito was suspended by California officials after a plaster-like substance was discovered in his handwraps before a bout in January of last year, one he eventually lost to Shane Mosley.
Arum said he is growing tired of Mayweather’s act.
“This kid (Mayweather) is so nuts,” Arum told SI.com. “His idea of being part of his team is having guys who when he says ‘jump,’ they say ‘how high?’ Why didn’t they just say we decided not to fight until next year?”
Pacquiao, the reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion, rekindled hopes of a megafight showdown with unbeaten US star Mayweather in May by agreeing to blood test terms that scuttled a showdown. AFP
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source: Ben Thompson | fighthype.com
Although a venue has yet to be finalized, promoter Bob Arum revealed earlier today that Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao will indeed face former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito on November 13 for the vacant WBC jr. middleweight title.
Speaking to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, Arum explained that, ultimately, he decided on Margarito because fans will look at it as a more competitive matchup as opposed to a rematch with Cotto, who Pacquiao soundly defeated last November via 12th round TKO. The question is was it Pacquiao who made that decision or Bob Arum?
“Cotto was beaten and even with [Hall of Fame trainer] Emanuel Steward now with him, I don’t think people believe that it’s enough to make a difference and I’m not sure they would buy it as competitive,” Arum stated. “But putting aside the controversy about the wraps, the one thing you know for sure with a Margarito fight is that it will be a hell of a fight for however long it lasts.” Putting aside the controversy about the wraps, however, may not be quite as easy as it sounds. After all, it seems like just yesterday when trainer Naazim Richardson caught Margarito with a hardened substance in his handwraps moments before his 9th round TKO loss to Shane Mosley. After serving a year-long suspension from the sport, Margarito made a successful return to the ring this past May, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Robert Garcia, but it was a performancee that looked to be far-removed from the days when people referred to him as “The Most Feared Welterweight in the World.”
Regardless, the news of Margarito being chosen as Pacquiao’s next opponent should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention. Members of Margarito’s camp have been saying for months that, according to what they were told, it would be Margarito, not Cotto, who was next in line to face Pacquiao if a fight with Mayweather did not come to fruition. Not to metion, given that Cotto already holds one of the jr. middleweight titles, it became a no-brainer for Arum to push for a Pacquiao-Margarito showdown the minute that Margarito was instilled as the #1 contender for the vacant WBC title. As a promoter, it makes much more sense for Arum to have two jr. middleweight champions as opposed to one, and what better way to make that a reality than to have two Top Rank fighters, Pacquiao and Margarito, fight for the title? That being said, one has to wonder, did Manny Pacquiao truly select Margarito as his next opponent, or was this a decision made by Arum for the benefit of his own promotional company.
ESPN boxing analyst Dan Rafael would later reveal on tonight’s broadcast of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights that although several reports suggest that Arum is leaning towards Margarito, the Filipino superstar has yet to make a decision, according to his adviser, Michael Koncz. “I spoke, before the show, with Michael Koncz, who is the adviser for Manny Pacquiao, and he said although that is Bob’s preference, until he presents him with an actual deal, with money, the venue and all the particulars, and until Michael then takes it back to the Philippines and sits with Manny and talks to him about it in person, there is no deal just yet,” Rafael would explain. “But the reason why that probably is the case is because you have Bob Arum on the side also talking about Miguel Cotto’s fight. I thought I’d talk to Lou DiBella before the show tonight, that’s the promoter for Andre Berto, and there are conversations right now taking place between Bob and Lou about a fall fight between Miguel Cotto and Andre Berto.”
It looks like Bob Arum is a busy man these days as he continues to position his pawns on the boxing chessboard. Just last week, during his 3AM ET conference call, Arum was adamant about letting Pacquiao make his own decision regarding his next opponent. “I have to discuss with Manny who he prefers then get everything put together. It will be Manny’s decision. I do not have a preference,” Arum would stress. “I want Manny to decide. He is a very intelligent guy and knows what the considerations are and whomever he selects is who we will go after and make the fight.” Having already begun discussions with Lou DiBella regarding Andre Berto’s availability, however, hasn’t Arum practically eliminated Miguel Cotto as a potential choice for Pacquiao?
Nevertheless, Pacquiao has never been one to turn down a fight with anyone placed in front of him, so it appears as though it will in fact be Margarito on November 13. The bout will likely take place in Las Vegas, provided Margarito can get a license in Nevada after his lengthy suspension, or in Monterrey, Mexico, and will be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View. Should Pacquiao win, he’ll earn another title in an unprecedented 8th division.
Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather speaks to an Associated Press reporter while at a charity basketball event in Miami a day after a deadline set by Top Rank Promotions Bob Arum, for a fight with Pacquiao on or around Nov. 13.
“I’m not interested in rushing to do anything,” Mayweather said.
The exact terms of the deal still remain unknown, as the talks had been under an HBO-imposed gag order. Although speculation has it that it’s the same deal that Golden Boy promotions offered up last January, except that Pacquiao was now willing to agree to the 14 day cut off for Olympic-style drug testing.
But when Arum was questioned on the drug testing, he gave no deatails only saying, “I don’t want to go into specifics, but I think that issue was resolved. Not as clear cut as you may be saying it, but I believe it was resolved.”
The questions still loom over the sport as to why this ‘super’ fight just hasn’t happened yet.
From the speculations that the Mayweather fans have over Pacquiao’s refusal to sign a deal offered up by Mayweathers camp last January, calling for the 14 day cut off for Olympic-style drug testing, to the assertions that Mayweather is afraid to face Pacquiao in fear he’ll tarnish his undefeated record, articles and blogs went wild Saturday after Mayweather kept silent while the deadline to sign to the terms of the Bob Arum/Pacquiao contract surpassed.
Many blaming Mayweather for not giving the fans the match they’ve been waiting for, and many blaming Bob Arum for not actually contacting Mayweather Promotions or Golden Boy Promotions, opting instead to deal with Ross Greenburg, the president of HBO Sports, a strategy many within the boxing community says is outside the normal protocol.
When negotiations broke down last January between Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank Promotions , Mayweather made it clear that should any further negotiations take place, that the original terms are no longer valid, seeing that the landscape of the boxing environment has changed.
Pacquiao ended up fighting Joshua Clottey, while Mayweather went on to fight ‘Suger’ Shane Mosley in a welterweight bout that generated 1.4 million pay-per-view buys, making it the second-most lucrative non-heavyweight fight in history.
Mayweather’s victory over Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, in which Mayweather’s popularity soared after winning a split decision, being the most lucrative.
Also with his September 2009 victory over Juan Manuel Marquez, which generated 1.06 million in PPV buys, that gives Mayweather four fights ranking among the top-10 nonheavyweight PPV fights of all time. Apparently Mayweather now feels he should be the one making the terms for what could be one of boxings most successful fights ever, or atleast involved in the negotiations.
When asked about the negotiation process, Bob Arum explained, “I never talked to Mayweather. I never talked to anybody in the Mayweather camp. I only talked with Ross Greenburg, who represented to me certain things he had discussed with Al Haymon, on behalf of Mayweather and his camp.”
In fact Golden Boy Promotions, nor Mayweather Promotions were ever even a part of the negotiations this time around.
Arum elaborated on this saying, “Richard Schaefer (CEO of Golden Boy Promotions) name was never really mentioned by Ross, it was all Al Haymon.”
According to Bob Arum, both sides allegedly agreed to the terms, but for reasons not explained, Mayweather was unwilling to accept the deal. Apparently Arum miscalculated the authority Haymon has to negotiate on behalf of Mayweather, seeing that Mayweather was never on board with the process.
On Sunday, when asked by The Associated Press, Mayweather explained, “I’m not really thinking about fighting right now, I’m just relaxing. I fought about 60 days ago, so I’m just enjoying myself, enjoying life, enjoying my family and enjoying my vacation.”
Roger Mayweather, Floyd’s uncle and trainer, was charged with assault stemming from an altercation with female boxer Melissa St. Vil last year, he will go on trial next month in Las Vegas facing up to ten years in prison if convicted. Roger Mayweather has trained Floyd since he turned pro back in 1996, with the exception of the Vargas bout. Gaining national attention after Zab Judah clearly landed a left-hand below the belt of Floyd, and entering the ring in an attempt to choke out Judah, Roger Mayweather has been an integral part of not only Floyd’s training, but also in his life and relationship with his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr..
“Like I said, I’m just supporting my family and relaxing,” Mayweather said. “That’s what I’m doing right now.”
Arum discused the matter of Roger Saturday saying, “I am sure that there is a very good reason for Floyd Mayweather not committing to a fight at this time, I really, truly believe that. Now I am speculating, but one of the reasons could be the uncertainly regarding Roger Mayweather. Roger is scheduled before a court in Nevada regarding criminal charges. I know how Manny would feel if he had to go into a fight like this without the services of Freddie Roach.”
Arum went on to say, “People should be understanding. Floyd Mayweather is not saying he will never fight Manny Pacquiao and Manny Pacquiao is not saying he’s not going to fight. There’s always next year.”
With half the fans siding with Manny Pacquiao accusing Mayweather of being afraid to face what could be his biggest advisory to date, in an attempt to hold on to his undefeated record. With the other half standing on behalf of Mayweather accusing Pacquiao of using performance enhancing drugs of some kind, which he has never tested positive for, and for not coming to terms with Mayweather last January. These two great fighters are at an impasse that may leave the fate of boxing’s most intriguing matchup on hold, until either Mayweather’s family and personal life is back to normal, this includes the fate of Roger Mayweather, or until Bob Arum and the Pacquiao camp can come to a firm and reasonable agreement with Golden Boy Promotions and/or Mayweather Promotions and his actual camp insated of using HBO as a go between in order to create this fiight.
As fans we can only hope that 2011 will bring a new tax year, and a real negotiating process that will bring both camps together in an effort to give the boxing world a PPV spectacle which could breathe new life into the sport, and give us fans an opportunity to witness one of boxing’s greatest match-ups in the history of the sport.
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