Mayweather – If all else fails blame Arum
By John F. McKenna (McJack): World Boxing Association (WBA) light middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 25 KO’s) instead of looking for a way to make the mega fight with eight division champion and three time fighter of the year Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO’s) happen, continues to come up with reasons and excuses to prevent the match from coming to fruition.
Originally it was Pacquiao’s refusal to accept the Olympic style random drug testing that Floyd demanded. Manny finally agreed to the drug testing Mayweather demanded, removing that roadblock, although Floyd continued to bring it up for months as if it was still an issue.
Then the revenue split became the major issue. At one point “Money” May graciously offered to give Pacquiao $40 million straight up, leaving Floyd to take the balance of the estimated $160 million in Pay Per View (PPV) and live gate revenue. Of course Pacquiao turned the offer down and said afterwards that he was embarrassed at Mayweather’s offer.
“Pacman” recently offered to take the low end of a 55% -45% split. Floyd rejected the split and seemed to be annoyed that Manny would even suggest such an offer. Mayweather has stated numerous times that he will be the one dictating the terms of any agreement.
Floyd also indicated in the past that he could not come to terms with someone who has a lawsuit against him, this of course in reference to the defamation lawsuit that Pacquiao brought against Mayweather. With the lawsuit settled, Mayweather can no longer use that as an excuse.
One of Mayweather’s most recent excuses not to fight Pacquiao is the loss Manny suffered against WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradely. This has to go down as the most preposterous excuses of all. Almost everyone would admit that Pacquiao got jobbed in the Bradley fight. And looking at things objectively, Mayweather would make far more money fighting Pacquiao than against any other fighter.
When it comes to making excuses not to face Pacquiao in the ring, Mayweather seemingly has one for every occasion. Floyd has used Manny’s long time promoter and his long time nemesis Top Rank CEO Bob Arum as an excuse for a number of years. He has said on various occasions that he will not fight Pacquiao as long as Arum is his promoter. More than likely Pacquiao will stay with Arum as his promoter and it is safe to assume that Mayweather will continue to use him as an excuse.