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MANILA, Philippines - As much as he wants to make the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight happen, legendary promoter Bob Arum said there’s really nothing much he can do, nothing much he can say.
“I have nothing to report on Mayweather because we haven’t been able to get to him,” said Arum.
Just moments after Pacquiao whipped Antonio Margarito at the Cowboys Stadium two weeks ago, Arum started talking about the possibility of the superfight between Pacquiao and Mayweather.
He said Mayweather remains their “number one priority,” and that they will only consider another opponent for Pacquiao if the undefeated American doesn’t announce his availability before the end of the year.
Recent development, however, is making Arum frown.
“The only thing we know about him is when he gets in trouble. And it’s too bad,” Arum told The STAR.
Pacquiao was in Sarangani yesterday, and according to his personal secretary, Bren Evangelio, the 31-year-old congressman had to skip some of his appointments for the day.
Pacquiao missed the festivities in Sarangani, a meeting with Vice President Jojo Binay who was in the province, and the unveiling of the “Hardworking Filipinos” statue at the SM Mall of Asia late in the afternoon.
As of 7:30 last night. Evangelio said Pacquiao was on his way back to his General Santos City mansion from Sarangani.
“He needed some rest. He wasn’t really feeling well. Maybe it’s just now that everything has caught up with him. He has yet to fully rest since he arrived from the United States,” said Evangelio.
Early this week, Mayweather was once again in the news for another incident where he allegedly tried forcing another driver, who happens to be Quincey Williams, his former acquaintance, off the road somewhere along Arville Road in Las Vegas.
Williams is the same man whose BMW was allegedly shot at six times in 2009, also in Las Vegas, by a former Mayweather bodyguard, apparently because the former texted the American boxer that he hoped Mayweather would lose to Juan Manuel Marquez.
Last Sept. 9, Mayweather also had a run-in with the mother of his three children, Josie Harris, and landed briefly in jail for felony, grand larceny and robbery. He got out on a $31,000 bail and is awaiting preliminary hearing in January.
There were also reports that Mayweather had poked a security guard in the face outside his home.
“It’s really too hard to explain why someone with that high visibility can do things like that,” said Arum, who has in mind a couple other fighters to throw at Pacquiao for next year.
Arum said he wants two fights for Pacquiao for 2011, and if the pound-for-pound champion agrees, the first one should happen in May.
The Top Rank chief said Mayweather’s action is making it more difficult to make the superfight happen. Twice they came close to sealing the deal, and twice they failed.
“It’s almost like a bad movie,” said Arum.
He said he sat down with Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, in Los Angeles the other day, and was waiting for the input of chief trainer Freddie Roach regarding Pacquiao’s next fight.
It could be against Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Andre Berto, Sergio Martinez or anyone else as lucky as a lottery winner.
“I had a preliminary meeting with Mike Koncz. We discussed the possible deals and the fighters involved,” said Arum, who said a clearer picture will come out when he attends Pacquiao’s birthday party in General Santos City next month.
By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - As much as he wants to make the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight happen, legendary promoter Bob Arum said there’s really nothing much he can do, nothing much he can say.
“I have nothing to report on Mayweather because we haven’t been able to get to him,” said Arum.
Just moments after Pacquiao whipped Antonio Margarito at the Cowboys Stadium two weeks ago, Arum started talking about the possibility of the superfight between Pacquiao and Mayweather.
He said Mayweather remains their “number one priority,” and that they will only consider another opponent for Pacquiao if the undefeated American doesn’t announce his availability before the end of the year.
Recent development, however, is making Arum frown.
“The only thing we know about him is when he gets in trouble. And it’s too bad,” Arum told The STAR.
Pacquiao was in Sarangani yesterday, and according to his personal secretary, Bren Evangelio, the 31-year-old congressman had to skip some of his appointments for the day.
Pacquiao missed the festivities in Sarangani, a meeting with Vice President Jojo Binay who was in the province, and the unveiling of the “Hardworking Filipinos” statue at the SM Mall of Asia late in the afternoon.
As of 7:30 last night. Evangelio said Pacquiao was on his way back to his General Santos City mansion from Sarangani.
“He needed some rest. He wasn’t really feeling well. Maybe it’s just now that everything has caught up with him. He has yet to fully rest since he arrived from the United States,” said Evangelio.
Early this week, Mayweather was once again in the news for another incident where he allegedly tried forcing another driver, who happens to be Quincey Williams, his former acquaintance, off the road somewhere along Arville Road in Las Vegas.
Williams is the same man whose BMW was allegedly shot at six times in 2009, also in Las Vegas, by a former Mayweather bodyguard, apparently because the former texted the American boxer that he hoped Mayweather would lose to Juan Manuel Marquez.

Last Sept. 9, Mayweather also had a run-in with the mother of his three children, Josie Harris, and landed briefly in jail for felony, grand larceny and robbery. He got out on a $31,000 bail and is awaiting preliminary hearing in January.
There were also reports that Mayweather had poked a security guard in the face outside his home.
“It’s really too hard to explain why someone with that high visibility can do things like that,” said Arum, who has in mind a couple other fighters to throw at Pacquiao for next year.
Arum said he wants two fights for Pacquiao for 2011, and if the pound-for-pound champion agrees, the first one should happen in May.
The Top Rank chief said Mayweather’s action is making it more difficult to make the superfight happen. Twice they came close to sealing the deal, and twice they failed.
“It’s almost like a bad movie,” said Arum.
He said he sat down with Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, in Los Angeles the other day, and was waiting for the input of chief trainer Freddie Roach regarding Pacquiao’s next fight.
It could be against Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Andre Berto, Sergio Martinez or anyone else as lucky as a lottery winner.
“I had a preliminary meeting with Mike Koncz. We discussed the possible deals and the fighters involved,” said Arum, who said a clearer picture will come out when he attends Pacquiao’s birthday party in General Santos City next month.

By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star)

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