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Manny Pacquiao, Arum Continue to Poke at Floyd Mayweather

| by Alex Groberman

Even though Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are no closer to fighting now than they were two years ago, that hasn’t stopped either man -- or their camps -- from trash-talking back and forth.

In fact, aside from a brief hiatus for about four rounds this past Saturday, the exchanges between these two parties have been going on nonstop over the last few weeks.

During a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Arum noted that because of Pacquiao’s complex fighting style, Mayweather is undoubtedly worried about the consequences of a potential dream match.  

"Manny knows styles," Arum said. "So does Floyd. That's why Manny thinks Mayweather is not a difficult fight and Floyd knows Manny is a difficult fight.

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“Not saying Mayweather thinks he can't beat Manny. But it's a very difficult fight. It's the one style that Mayweather, with his style, cannot, or shouldn't face. That's the only reason.”

Aside from the notion that Mayweather is afraid of Pacquiao, though, Arum added that there have been a lot of smoke and mirrors from Floyd’s camp regarding what’s really going on with negotiations.

“The first time around, we got involved in this insane discussion about blood testing. That was an ego thing. As soon as we realized that was an ego thing and who gives a sh--, then we agreed to unlimited testing,” said the promoter.

“That was a year and a half ago and this guy is still prattling 'take the test,'" Arum added.

Of course, Arum conveniently opted to not take the opportunity in front of him to address his side’s role in failed negotiations.

While he is entirely accurate about Mayweather’s ridiculous reluctance to admit that drug testing shouldn’t even be a topic of discussion anymore -- because Pacquiao has essentially agreed to everything demanded of him -- it’s important to note that Pacquiao and Arum have been slightly inconsistent as well. Not too long ago, the pair contradicted one another regarding the amount of money Mayweather allegedly requested being stumbling block in getting the fight put together.

Nevertheless, all of these pointless, endless, mildly slanderous back and forth accusations may all be moot if Pacquiao decides to fight 2010 Fighter of the Year Sergio Martinez after his November 12 bout against Juan Manuel Marquez.

Martinez, obviously, has been widely regarded as a legitimate challenger to Pacquiao’s throne, with the only problem in putting a match together between the two men being the massive size disparity involved. Now that Martinez is willing to come down to 150 pounds, though, that is no longer a problem.

While Pacquiao and Arum have been particularly loud over the last few months about talks with Mayweather falling apart, they have yet to address Martinez’s most recent comments about that potential match.