In the midst of all of the shock and panic regarding what Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s jail time means for a prospective fight versus Manny Pacquiao everyone forgot to do one thing: determine whether it actually means anything.
As we reported on Opposing Views almost immediately after news of Mayweather’s sentencing broke, the undefeated superstar’s jail time was factored in to any and all negotiations. There were some doubts regarding how long the stint could be for -- and best case scenario whether it could be avoided entirely -- but it was generally presumed that some jail time was a foregone conclusion.
And, again, Top Rank boss Bob Arum indicated this much before Mayweather’s jail time was even announced.
On Thursday, in the wake of the entire boxing community going nuts over whether or not Mayweather’s sentence jeopardizes a potential mega fight versus Pacquiao, Arum came out to squelch any and all concerns. In an interview with the good folks at the Manila Bulletin, the Top Rank head honcho indicated that a November 2012 match against Mayweather was a very likely scenario. In fact, he even went so far as to insinuate the real debate isn’t whether or not Pacquiao will fight Mayweather in the spring but, rather, whether or not he wants to squeeze in another fight before that.
It’s no secret, of course, that Arum has long-since been hoping that Pacquiao would find time to fight either Timothy Bradley or Juan Manuel Marquez right around May.
“It’s all up to Manny,” Arum told the Bulletin. “But I’d like him to fight in the spring.”
As we noted yesterday, the May 5, 2012 fight date was one that was mostly heavily pushed by outside parties (read: the media). It was pushed, primarily, because seeing as the camps involved are so ridiculously sensitive, the longer they hold out the likelier it is that something happens to bulldoze discussions. The truth of the matter was, though, that insiders always speculated that a late 2012 date for Pacquiao vs. Mayweather was far more realistic an expectation than what the media was hyping.
Turns out they were right.
So, once again – nothing has changed. Even Arum, the little engine that has consistently done his best to not put too much stock in Pacquiao vs. Mayweather, is admitting that the fight is likely to occur. Pacquiao has said the fight is “80 to 90 percent” agreed to. And, heck, even Mayweather is shying away from making any outlandish and incendiary comments.
We’ll get there, folks. Patience is key.