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Floyd Mayweather: What did Tweet on January 21 actually imply?

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Earlier this week, while attending the Hollywood premier of the critically acclaimed "Manny" documentary, notorious conditioning coach Alez Ariza was seen in attendance and shared his opinion on the probability of a blockbuster Pacquiao/Mayweather super-fight materializing this year. "It's not going to happen," Ariza told various media members in attendance. "Let's not kid ourselves."

"I think it's really disrespectful to parade Manny through all these trivial radio sites that sit there and call out Mayweather. It's sad...it's deceptive and it's straight lying what Bob Arum is doing, and to me it's revolting that the fans have to sit there and get their hopes up for something that doesn't exist."

"Manny's fighting Jessie Vargas, and we're fighting someone else on May 2nd," claims Pacquiao's former strength and conditioning expert.

"Then in November, it'll be Manny versus Mikey Garcia...and then get used to Mikey Garcia 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6...and then whatever."

"But as long as Bob Arum is in the picture, you're not going to see this fight."

And while most boxing websites have reported that talks for a May fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather are in the advanced stages of negotiations, Ariza claims that reports are unfounded and misconceptions generated from Team Pacquiao, and more specifically Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

"All I know is that Floyd wants this fight more than ever, but it's impossible to work with Bob," states the current TMT employee. "It's smoke and mirrors, it's misdirection, but behind the doors he's never going to let it happen."

"He (Bob Arum) owes four more fights to the Venetian. He pocketed $120 million from the Venetian, and I don't know if Manny saw any of that money. So there's no way he's going to take the risk."

Although most astute fight scribes have ascertained over the last half decade or so that Ariza's commentary on any subject should always be filtered with a bit of skepticism, the pound for pound king issued this perplexing message on a popular social media outlet in support of his newly signed conditioning coach.

"Thanks for setting the record straight, Alex Ariza," Floyd Mayweather responded via Twitter on January 21st.



Though many boxing sites immediately jumped to the conclusion that a projected May 2nd, super fight between Manny and Floyd was all but dead after reading the aforementioned Tweet from the highest paid athlete in the world, the seemingly discouraging message is a bit more cryptic than initially perceived.

Was Floyd specifically referring to Ariza's comments concerning the challenging task of working with the shrewd, CEO of Top Rank, Inc., or was the soon to be 38 year old fighter particularly referencing the conditioning guru's statement on a Pacquiao/Mayweather fight not happening as long as Arum was involved?

Or was Mayweather projecting his support for Ariza in merely claiming that the pound for pound top fighter really wants a fight with Manny Pacquiao and is doing everything he can to make this fight a reality?

Was Floyd exclusively recognizing the outspoken coach's comments of Arum's treatment of the superstar, Filipino fighter?

Worst case scenario for most optimistic fight fans would be that Floyd Mayweather Jr. praising and supporting his employee for the entire statement to the boxing media?

Due to the time sensitive nature of the current Pacquiao/Mayweather negotiations, all will be revealed within the next seven days.


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