“We had an offer, a legitimate offer on the table for 180 million dollars and people due to fight and had a big upside of 180 for the two fight camps. That’s when he said 55-45 which would’ve given Mayweather 100 million. (Pacquiao) would’ve ended up with 80 million and that’s still a lot of money right? But Mayweather will not fight him. Now why am I saying that? I’m not saying it to be, I know the guy and I know what his problem is, Mayweather, because we had him for 10 and a half years and his problem was he hated, he never wanted to face a southpaw and a southpaw that can move and punch with his left hand makes Mayweather completely vulnerable. All you have to do was watch him in the (DeMarcus) Corley fight where he didn’t realize Corley was one when he made the fight. Corley shook him up and had him in trouble. Why? Because Mayweather is a sensational defensive fighter but that’s against an orthodox guy. If he goes against a southpaw he opens himself up. You saw that happen in the Cotto fight because Cotto is a right handed fighter but he’s really a southpaw that’s converted and Cotto hurt him because he doesn’t have a good defense to the left hand.”
The above quote was from a recent interview with Bob Arum by Sports Radio Interviews.
Will there ever be a time, when Bob Arum will admit, or at least acknowledge that the reasons for the mega-fight not happening is not only money related, and is not only Mayweather Jr.’s fault.
Arum states that at one point in time, Mayweather Jr. was informed that he would end up making $100 million dollars had he faced Pacquiao, and that Manny would leave with $80 million, but when was this? Was this around the same time when Pacquiao avoided the blood testing? Or when team Pacquiao was saying that they will not play by Mayweather’s rules and that they don’t need Floyd?
The more you say, the more room there is for an error or a lie, and Arum should prevent himself from ranting. Mayweather Jr. is no angel, and can sometimes contradict himself in interviews, as can any fighter or promoter, but Arum has been known to say things that are not only contradictory, but are borderline absurd.
Cotto hurt Mayweather Jr.? When? They did fight, and there were moment when both had landed, but hurt? Credibility is not something that Arum should abandon, although I feel it is too late for that.
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