Not that anyone was expecting much at this point, but it appears as though the dream fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao hit yet another roadblock when the undefeated superstar turned down $65 million to fight his Filipino counterpart.
In a conversation with Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum, ABS-CBN learned that not even a blockbuster payday could buy the one fight people desperately long to see.
“I’m an optimist, and I always felt that they’d eventually fight. At this point, I really feel that they’d never fight,” Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told ABS-CBN. “As recently as this week, people from Singapore offered Mayweather $65 million to fight Manny Pacquiao and he turned it down.”
According to Arum, the ball for this fight was completely in Mayweather’s court.
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“Sixty-five million is obviously a sum Manny Pacquiao would accept. So what does that tell you? It tells you he (Mayweather) doesn’t want to fight Manny Pacquiao,”
The Top Rank head honcho, for his part, believes that Mayweather is just looking for excuses.
“He doesn’t want to fight Manny. He’s smart not to fight Manny because, truth be told, everyone who knows boxing know that Manny will beat him,” said Arum.
“One thing about Floyd: Floyd knows boxing, and Floyd knows style. That’s why Floyd was always reticent about fighting a southpaw. And a southpaw like Manny Pacquiao, he wants no part of because even if he protects himself from his left, he’s going to bang him with his right hand.”
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For now, Pacquiao will have to settle for a somewhat anticipated bout versus Juan Manual Marquez on November 12.