Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley: A Floyd Mayweather Apology?

| by Alex Groberman

In the aftermath of Timothy Bradley’s ridiculous victory over Manny Pacquiao, a lot of people were left wondering if common sense was still all that common.

After all, what reasonable explanation could there be for a guy going into a fight, landing nearly 100 more punches on nearly 100 fewer attempts than his opponent, and still losing that fight? What reasonable explanation could there be for that same guy also landing nearly 90 more power punches, and more total punches in 10 out of 12 rounds – only to still lose that fight?

There is none. There is no reasonable explanation. There is no common sense answer. And, ultimately, that’s why so many boxing fans were questioning their faith in humanity following that awful bout.

Those feelings were only further exacerbated in the later days when, on top of having to relive what transpired thanks to countless replays and reviews, fans heard that a rematch was on the horizon. Because, what could be better than seeing a fight nobody wanted to see the fight time again, right?

Well, perhaps realizing how exasperated fans were with him and his prized fighter, Bob Arum decided to extend an olive branch. As an apology of sorts for these last couple of weeks, the Top Rank boss is apparently now looking into setting up a fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

As noted by the good folks at Boxing Scene:

Arum told the Standard that Pacquiao is scheduled to have dinner with him at Arum’s residence in Los Angeles on Tuesday and that he “wants to explore everything” including a fight with Mayweather.

Wow. Now that’s how you apologize for June 9’s travesty. A Floyd Mayweather apology.

Sure, we’ve heard all this before; however, you have to figure that not even Arum is a big enough weasel to dangle the prospect a Mayweather fight in front of the public (again) if he weren't truly ready to bargain this time.

But the apologetic gestures don’t end there. On top of a potential Dream Match, Arum also indicated that the potential Nightmare Match (Pacquiao vs. Bradley II) may not be on the agenda after all. Via that same report:

In the meantime, the Top Rank promoter told us “Pacquiao will have another fight this year and then look forward to maybe fighting two fights with Mayweather next year.”

Arum added “I don’t think anybody on Mayweather’s side could commit him now for a fight because you don’t understand how debilitating it is living in prison, eating that kind of food.”

Arum said he has not even narrowed down the list of potential opponents for Pacquiao’s next fight because, he said, “I just don’t know. I don’t want to jump the gun on him. ”

Very interesting.

If we were Arum, here is what we would do right now: put together a list of potential candidates for Pacquiao, and then float that list to the public. Let fans chew on the names for a bit, and then gauge the reaction. That way, no matter what, you’ll at least end up with a fighter that some people want to see Manny fight against.

Either way, it’s nice to see Arum and Co. trying to make nice with the fans they've ticked off over the last couple of weeks.

It's a good start.

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