Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will never fight. That isn’t an opinion, it’s a statement of fact straight from Mayweather’s mouth. Despite the incessant pleas from writers, fans and power players in the sport, boxing’s two most notable superstars apparently will apparently never resolve their differences in the only place where they can be resolved – the ring.
Pacquiao, 36, is currently coming off an impressive victory over Brandon Rios. Mayweather, 34, is fresh off an absolutely dominant win over Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Neither man has an opponent out there that anyone is dying to see them fight, so a super fight makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately, as has proven to be the case often in boxing over the past few years, just because something makes a lot of sense doesn’t mean it will actually happen.
During a recent interview with FightHype, Mayweather offered this about fighting his arch rival:
"We all know the Pacquiao fight, at this particular time, will never happen,” he said. “And the reason why the fight won't happen is because I will never do business with Bob Arum again in life, and Pacquiao is Bob Arum's fighter."
He continued: "Bob Arum gives Pacquiao a date, whereas Floyd Mayweather gives Floyd Mayweather his own date. I will be fighting again in May and I will be fighting again in September."
It is a bit unclear what the beef is, whether it’s the fact that Arum isn’t complying with Mayweather’s demands or something else, but the end result is clear: Pacquiao versus Mayweather isn’t going to happen anytime soon.
Get ready to not spend your PPV dough on Mayweather versus Amir Khan and Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley, folks, because that is what we’re headed towards.