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Will Pacquiao junk Arum after contract expiry to face Mayweather?

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By Leo Reyes, Digital Journal, Fri, 03 May 2013


Despite two successive defeats in the hands of Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez last year, Manny Pacquiao remains a bankable fighter who can draw huge crowds to keep his foe as well as his promoter happy.

Such crowd-drawing capability keeps hopes alive for his overdue showdown with the unbeaten pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr., who is facing Robert Guerrero Saturday Night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena In Las Vegas, Nevada.

The proposed Pacquiao-Mayweather fight has been on the drawing board for over three years and fans are still hoping that they will collide before finally hanging their gloves.

Pacquiao said he is good for three more fights while Mayweather said he will remain active and hopes to complete his reported goal of at least six pay-per-view events with Shotime.

But Top Rank Promotions owner Bob Arum, who serves as his promoter, seems to be standing in the way of the fight a highly-hyped event featuring two great fighters—that every boxing fan in the world wants to see.

Arum has been criticized for recycling fighters who belong to his promotions company, a practice that prevents fighters like Pacquiao from facing more capable and highly skilled fighters like Mayweather, who does not belong to his own promotions company.

Although Mayweather has his own promotions firm, he collaborates with Arum’s competitor, the Golden Boy Promotions owned by his former fighter, Oscar de la Hoya.

De la Hoya and his Golden Boy staff have been feuding with Arum for many years on issues ranging from business jealousy to the more contentious issues such as purse sharing and billing.

Reports are swirling around the fact that Pacquiao’s contract will end next year and fans are suggesting that he refrain from renewing the contract so that he can deal directly with Mayweather’s handlers without Arum’s intervention.

Critics say that without Arum’s presence in the negotiating table, the long-awaited face off between Pacquiao and Mayweather could take place as early as the first half of next year.

It must be stressed though that Pacquiao is indebted to Arum for having nurtured his career through the years and it is possible he will succumb to Arum’s wishes for possible extension of his contract.

But if Pacquiao really wants to please everyone and keep his loyal and passionate fans, he will go along with their wishes and finally declines Arum’s new offer for extension.

A showdown with Mayweather will be the ultimate gift he can give to his loyal fans. It will also be his most lucrative fight ever.

This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of

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Comment by tony — May 6, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

I agree to, “No more contract between Arum and Pacquiao!” He really needs to fight Mayweather before hanging up his gloves. Whether Manny lose or not to Mayweather it will be the biggest fight of all time. After that boxing can go down the drain if it wants to. There’s no more good fighter out there anymore.

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