Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao, Arum Try to Put Spin on Mayweather Negotiations

| by Alex Groberman

Considering the type of PR gurus that Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum have become, this is hardly surprising.

Reaching out to reporters on Wednesday, Top Rank boss Arum responded to last month’s comments by Floyd Mayweather Jr. to FightHype.com where he noted what many had suspected – despite their chest-pumping nonsense, Arum and Co.’s efforts to arrange a fight were lukewarm at best.

"After the first negotiations didn't come through, nobody reached out to Al (Haymon, Mayweather's manager)" regarding a fight with Pacquiao, and "we didn't hear anything from Bob Arum." Mayweather said.

Arum, for his part, decided that this week was the opportune time to answer that statement.

“We not only reached out, we had a full negotiation with (HBO Sports President) Ross Greenburg being the intermediary with Al Haymon back before the Margarito fight. And that came to nothing. And I assume Haymon advised Floyd that we were negotiating the fight through Greenburg. But (saying) we didn't reach out to Haymon was total nonsense.

"As far as Floyd is concerned, we've attempted to reach him without any success. He knows where we are. And none of his people have ever called us. The idea that we haven't reached out is absurd. … We've gotten no calls from him.

"Why the hell should we reach out to Al Haymon when they have constantly said that they're not interested in fighting? Let them call us. … I'm not going to reach out to them like I'm chasing them. But if they said to a responsible newspaper or somebody responsible, 'We want to fight Manny Pacquiao,' I would make the call."

As usual, Arum’s rants were filled with those interesting words and phrases people tend to use when putting a unique spin on things.

“We not only reached out, we had a full negotiation with (HBO Sports President) Ross Greenburg being the intermediary with Al Haymon …And I assume Haymon advised Floyd that we were negotiating the fight through Greenburg...”

So, really, Arum didn’t contact Haymon?

"Why the hell should we reach out to Al Haymon when they have constantly said that they're not interested in fighting?”

But, Bob, didn’t you just say you did reach out to Haymon? So did you, or didn’t you? Or is talking in circles 24 hours a day finally starting to take its toll?

“I'm not going to reach out to them like I'm chasing them. But if they said to a responsible newspaper or somebody responsible, 'We want to fight Manny Pacquiao,' I would make the call."

A responsible newspaper? Huh?

So, as everyone can see, the Pacman PR team is out full-force – again. They don’t make much sense when they talk, but it sure is fun to watch them spin their wheels.