De La Hoya speaking with Arum about Canelo vs. Pacquiao super fight in 2014
By Chris Williams: Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions is reportedly in talks with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum about a possible super fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Arum’s fighter Manny Pacquiao for later this year. De La Hoya says he has no beef with the 82-year-old Arum, who used to promote him during his boxing career, and he feels that the two of them can work with each other to make some big fights. Arum is open to working with De La Hoya for fight.
“Anything is possible,” De La Hoya said to the LA Times about a Pacquiao vs. Canelo fight. “That’s one of the reasons I was extending the olive branch. The fans want to see these fights.”
Pacquiao has pretty much run out of opponents to fight with Top Rank other than more retread fights against Juan Manuel Marquez, Tim Bradley and Brandon Rios. If Arum and De La Hoya could work together, we could see the Canelo-Paccquiao fight for later this year for starters and then possibly other fights with Pacquiao fighting other Golden Boy fighters. Bradley, who is also promoted by Arum, would benefit with fights against Golden Boy’s top fighters. Who wouldn’t want to see Bradley face Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Amir Khan? Those would be great fights.
“I’d be happy to talk to Oscar about any subject in boxing he wishes to talk about,” Arum said. All this baloney about a cold war has never really applied to Oscar and myself.”
As far as Canelo goes, he has an important fight coming up on July 12th against WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara, but after that Canelo is free to fight anyone, including Pacquiao. That would be a great opportunity for Canelo to get another huge mega fight if he could face Pacquiao. Canelo fought Mayweather last September in a fight that brought in 2.2 million PPV buys. A Canelo-Pacquiao fight would likely bring in something close to that number.
Pacquiao doesn’t have an opponent yet for September, so Canelo would be perfect if he can get through his fight with Lara in one piece.