Sunday, 23 November 2014 19:33

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Fight must happen by June insists Arum

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Not long after Manny Pacquiao's impressive UD victory over the very defensive minded and previously undefeated Chris Algieri at the Cotai Arena Venetian Macao, the media in attendance began asking questions concerning what seems to be everyone's favorite topic these days, a fight between the Pacman and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Top Rank CEO and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum made several bold statements during the post fight press conference about a long overdue meeting between the two most widely recognized fighters in the world.

"Manny Pacquiao demonstrated why the guy sort of obliquely referred to in the FootLocker commercial has been reluctant to fight him," stated the 82 year old fight promoter.

"After this performance, the reluctance will probably be even greater. Manny Pacquiao is a great, great champion. When he prepares for a fight, there's nobody that can come close to beating him."

"Everyone likes to bring up the fact that Manny hasn't had a knock-out since 2009, but he knocked his opponent down six times in this fight. That's twice the number of knock downs that Mayweather has had over the last twelve years."

"I think a fight between Manny and Floyd should happen and the fans deserve that fight. In order for boxing to be considered a major sport, the fight with Mayweather has to happen. Everyone should be working together to make that fight happen. There's no excuses anymore. None! I'll be ready to pick up my phone, and Manny will be ready to pick up his phone to make this fight happen. We're ready!"

For over five years, fans and media members alike have been fixated on a super fight between Manny and Floyd, and very little else. The "Bobinator" was crystal clear on his feelings regarding the consistent line of questioning over the last half decade.

"Speaking for myself and Manny, we're tired. Every place we go, people ask us when that fight is going to happen. All of the time. You cannot believe the number of times I'm questioned about a fight between Manny and Floyd by everybody. People want to know when that fight is going to happen."

"I say enough is enough! Let's just make the fight happen. Let's get it done. Let's make it the next fight for each fighter and make it happen within the first six months of 2015."


The eight division world champion and last night's victor didn't share his promoter's feelings of discontent concerning the controversial topic of a meeting with Floyd Mayweather, but did regurgitate the idea that the time is now for the highly anticipated fight to finally happen.

"For the Mayweather fight, it's good that we talk about it," insisted Manny Pacquiao. "The fans deserve to see that fight. It's time. It's time to say something about it. It's time to make that fight happen. I've wanted this fight for a very long time, and I'm ready."
 

 

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