WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao seems intent on securing a fight against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. Prior to the controversial fight between Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez on Nov. 12, Mayweather announced his desire to face the Filipino boxer on May 5, 2012.
Pacquiao put on a lackluster performance against Marquez, and many are starting to question the hype surrounding the 32 year old fighter. Manny had serious issues with Marquez’ counter-punching and most experts now agree he’ll have a tough time against a defensive specialist like Mayweather.
Pacquiao has obviously been listening to all the heat he’s taken since the Marquez fight, and he wants to prove his skills against boxing’s pound-for-pound best.
“Negotiations are ongoing for my fight with Mayweather, but nothing is final,” Pacquiao said in a recent press conference. “Mayweather may be thinking, ‘I can fight Pacquiao now because he had trouble against Marquez, and I was able to beat up Marquez.’ This is what boxing fans are waiting for.”
Boxing fans shouldn’t get ahead of themselves though, given the fact Pacquiao’s manager Bob Arum hasn’t shown any interest in securing a fight against Mayweather. Arum is bent on securing a fourth fight against Marquez instead, and he’s definitely the biggest obstacle in the way of the super-fight.
Unlike Mayweather, Pacquiao doesn’t have total control over his career, and it’s really up to Arum to decide who he faces next.
“The only person who can negotiate is Arum,” Golden Boy Promotion CEO/Mayweather handler Richard Schaefer said in response to Pacquiao’s comments. “Certain members of Team Pacquiao are trying to go around Bob Arum and have reached out to our side. We will not engage in this and support it. From what we are concerned, Manny Pacquiao has a boss, and his name is Bob Arum,”
The Mayweather camp is getting tired of the games, and the odds of the super-fight ever taking place are slowly dwindling down. If Pacquiao really wants to prove himself against Mayweather, he might have to reconsider his relationship with Arum.