Ariza sees Arum as getting in the way of the Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr mega fight
By Chris Williams: An angry Alex Ariza, the strength and conditioning coach for WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, says he feels that promoter Bob Arum is getting in the way of a mega fight getting made between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Speaking with Fighthype.com, Ariza said “Michael Koncz says he’s meeting with Bob [Arum] to negotiate the Mayweather fight. They’re having a meeting on how to make sure this fight doesn’t happen…Bob is the one interfering.” WoW! Ariza is really dropping a bomb shell with this interview, because a lot of boxing fans, especially fans of Pacquiao, see Mayweather as the reason the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight still hasn’t been made.
Ariza feels that Mayweather does want the fight but is helpless to make the fight happen because he’s being prevented because Arum isn’t willing to let the fight take place. I too think the Mayweater-Pacquiao fight could have happened a long time ago if Arum has wanted to make it happen. He’s got a lot of pull with Pacquiao and I think he could have convinced him to take the full blood tests when Mayweather and Pacquiao were close to negotiating a fight last year.
If Arum really is getting in the way of the Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr. fight you have to wonder what his reasoning’s are. Is he doing it out of spite against Mayweather or is he just trying to protect his cash cow Pacquiao from taking a beating. I think Arum doesn’t want Pacquiao to fight Mayweather and get beat. Once Pacquiao loses, especially if it a bad defeat, it’s going to be hard to sell his fights on pay per view after that. I know I wouldn’t pay a dime to see Pacquiao fight if he gets beaten badly by Mayweather and I’m a fan of his. But once he’s whipped by Mayweather, I wouldn’t want to have to pay to see him fight anymore. I’d only want to see Pacquiao on regular HBO after that.
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