Arum: If Mayweather wants to fight Pacquiao on April 20th, great!
By Chris Williams: Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao’s promoter, has already scheduled Pacquiao for April 20th after Pacquiao fights Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8th. Arum put the date in without thinking in terms of a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight. The fight is there for Mayweather Jr. if he wants to fight Pacquiao on that date, but if not then he’s out of luck.
Arum told the LA Times Nobody’s even talked to Mayweather. If Mayweather wants to fight, great. Manny will fight anybody. He [Pacquiao] doesn’t want to fight in May, and the last date available in Spring is April 20th.”
Well, when if ever Pacquiao and Arum really want the Mayweather then they’ll have to wait before scheduling dates. It just looks like neither are too seriously interested in fighting Mayweather Jr. right now. I expect that will change with an additional loss for Pacquiao. Another loss and I can bet you Arum will be asking Mayweather what date he would like in a sweet voice. It’s weird how things change when ones career is sinking like the Titanic.
Right now, Pacquiao has lost his last fight, but you have to consider that his fight with Marquez last November was a loss as well. That makes two consecutive losses. If Marquez beats Pacquiao on December 8th, then that’ll be three straight losses. Somehow, I think Arum will be looking to get the Mayweather by then because the chances of cashing out will be sinking quickly for him if he waits.
If Arum chooses to keep Pacquiao fighting other guys like Bradley and Marquez over and over, Pacquiao could end up playing out his career string against those guys if they both beat him back to back. At that point, if Arum still hasn’t made the Mayweather in between, he’ll have lost his chance. All that money that could have been made will have been drizzled away by not making the right career moves. This is why I think it was highly odd that Arum went ahead and scheduled Pacquiao to fight on April 20th without consulting with Mayweather first. That move could end up costing Pacquiao a ton of money by flushing the Mayweather fight down the drain.