We should find out soon if the long-anticipated fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will happen in 2012. In a recent interview with PhilBoxing.com, Pacquiao said he wants the fight and put the pressure on his promoter, Bob Arum.
“I’ve said this over and over before and I’m saying this again,I want Floyd Mayweather Jr. to be my next opponent and I haven’t changed my choice despite recent developments.”
“I am meeting with my promoter, Bob Arum on Tuesday and I will insist that the fight with Mayweather be given the reference than the four others in the list I will fight next.”
Today, Mayweather tweeted that he wanted to fight Pacquaio.
@FloydMayweather: Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see.
@FloydMayweather: My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk.
According to reports, Bob Arum will meet with Pacquiao today to discuss his next opponent. Aside from Pacman dropping the Mayweather gauntlet, Arum will have proposals for fights with Tim Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Lamont Peterson and Miguel Cotto.
Back in November, before his latest brush with the law, Mayweather sounded like he wanted the Pacquiao fight. With Mayweather having reserved May 5th at the MGM Grand, it’s either going to happen then or not until sometime in 2013. Back in December, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was sentenced to 90-days in jail for domestic violence and harassment. The sentence was originally supposed to begin on January 6, but the date was pushed back to June 1st so that Mayweather could fight on May 5th. Mayweather’s lawyers argued that the fight meant millions of dollars to the Vegas economy and the judge agreed.
Of course, Bob Arum doesn’t want this fight at the MGM Grand. He wants a whole new (temporary!?) arena built so they can maximize the live gate. Obviously, with Mayweather’s sentence stretching from June to August, the fight won’t be packing an arena – permanent or temporary – anytime in late 2012. I guess the point of this post is that things still aren’t looking good.
Previously: Floyd Mayweather sentenced to 90 days in jail
Previously: Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Fight Still Far Away After Pacquaio’s “Controversial” Win Over Marquez
Previously: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao Could Meet on May 5, 2012, but Don’t Count On It