When it Comes to Manny Pacquiao - Floyd Mayweather, No Comment, Please!
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (May 15, 2010) Special to Doghouse Boxing  
On Wednesday afternoon, promoter Bob Arum- who had just come back from his trip to the Philippines, where Manny Pacquiao had just won election as a congressman- held a teleconference with a group of reporters where he detailed his trip to Pacquiao’s homeland and his political future. Of course, what everyone really wanted to know was the possibility of a fight between the “Pac-Man” and Floyd Mayweather being revived.

According to Arum, he came back to the States with very specific marching orders.

"The fight we want to do is the Mayweather fight. There is no question this is the fight the public wants, that Manny wants," he told the reporters. "And I’m not going to go into any details of our discussion- other than to say- that, in fact, is the case."

Arum wouldn’t even specify when talks would re-start, other than to state that they would resume, "sooner, rather than later."

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, which represented Mayweather during the last negotiation agrees with Arum- “mum” shall be the word. Let’s hope that both sides stick to their words (or, perhaps, lack of them) as it relates to this potential super-fight. Not only did the whole process alienate the public, from the standpoint of the media, it became a tiresome process to cover.

And it adversely effected the negotiations.

"I think it was severely impacted," said Schaefer, of the last round of talks, "because the fact is, you had trainers, managers, promoters, venue executives, TV executives…I mean, you had all sorts of people making comments, digging in their heels. It just became a mess." Arum agreed, saying, "Once you start negotiating through the media, then it becomes an ego contest, then each side can’t wait to give its statement to the press and the flames just shoot up. And there’s no real opportunity for rational behavior to take over. Everybody is so interested in setting forth his position to the media. That becomes the contest."

Last time out, Arum may have been the biggest culprit. He admitted, "And that involved me, as well as everybody else."

This is the fight that the public demands (still); either make it or move on. But as they say, before couples tie the knot, during this process- forever hold your piece. But let’s hope they don’t drag this thing out publicly, as they did back in December and January and have it overshadow everything else in the game of boxing. Y’ know, like the actual fights in the ring that are taking place.

OK, so try let’s this out; hey, Richard, when do the talks begin for Pacquiao-Mayweather?

"I’m not even going to make any comments as it relates to that point. I really don’t want to get into that," answered Schaefer from his cell phone in New York, where Golden Boy is staging this weekend’s fight between Amir Khan and Paulie Malignaggi at the WaMu Theater at MSG.

"If somebody is going to call me and ask me questions about Mayweather-Pacquiao, I’m going to say, “No comment,” continued Schaefer, who added later, "I’m not going to discuss venues and blood testing and financial splits and all those other things. It’s going to be two words: ‘NO COMMENT.’"

Atta boy, Richard.


One thing that Arum did elaborate on was the potential destination of this fight.

"The two sites that we would be looking at are the same two sites, the MGM [Grand] and Cowboy Stadium; Jerry [Jones] is certainly interested, so is the MGM Grand. And if the fight happens- and I hope it will- in mid-November, it would be one or the other place."

It’s pretty simple; if the fans want to see the fight live and in person (but from pretty far away), they better hope that this fight lands in Dallas/Arlington. Because if it lands at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, they will have almost no opportunity to buy tickets at anywhere near face value- or at all.

This week’s edition of “The Main Event” features Larry Merchant of HBO Sports and Lem Satterfield of Fanhouse.com......

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