Bob Arum: “No. 5 is now the biggest fight in boxing, bigger than Pacquiao vs. Mayweather.”

Bob Arum is back at it, talking money-driven opinion rather than fact.

“No. 5 is now the biggest fight in boxing, bigger than Pacquiao-Mayweather,” Arum said in a recent interview with LA Times.

“This fight shows the health of the sport. Great fight, shown all over it. The knockout happening right in front of the guy who was almost president of the United States, Mitt Romney. It puts the sport back in the mainstream,” continued Arum.

While I happen to agree that a fifth fight would be embraced by the boxing fans, and that Pacquiao’s knockout sent waves through the world making non-boxing fans tune in, I strongly disagree that there is a more lucrative, important and historically significant fight than Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Jr. at this point in time.

It is not about the fighters or even the outcome of their proposed fight, it’s about the history and the drama that has surrounded these two fighters. Their rivalry, verbal as well as financial, has gained so much public attention over the years, that I believe the majority of all sports fans would gladly pay to see them challenge each other in the ring.

Marquez’s knockout of Pacquiao has certainly made their next fight, if it ever comes to fruition, very intriguing, but nowhere near the effect that Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao would have on the boxing community.

“Jinkee can make any comment she wants.  Manny’s comment is he wants to fight,” concluded Arum.

Is Bob worried that his cash-cow could be swayed by his family? Will he try to do anything that he possibly can to avoid Manny from hearing anything that has to do with him considering retirement? Certainly seems so.  Well don’t worry Bob, it is highly unlikely that Manny will leave his career in such a state.

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