Manny Pacquiao’s Promoter Bob Arum Says Juan Manuel Marquez Is a Tougher Opponent for Manny Pacquiao Than Floyd MayweatherNovember 4, 2011 – 10:25 am by Chris Fedor
Just about a week ahead of Manny Pacquiao’s third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, Floyd Mayweather has broken his silence and has intimated that he may be willing to fight Manny Pacquiao. Who knows what Mayweather’s motivation is this time? The two sides have squabbled over a number of issues and they have gone back and forth in negotiations only to disappoint boxing fans when the two sides fail to come to an agreement. This is the fight that everyone wants to see, it’s the only way to decide who is truly the best fighter pound-for-pound on the planet, and it is really the first sign that the boxing world has seen to lead them to believe Mayweather is not ducking Pacquiao. Nothing is set in stone and until that happens, every fight fan will just get disappointed if they get their hopes up again like they have so many times before.
Bob Arum joined WQAM in Miami with Sid Rosenberg to talk about whether or not he believes what Mayweather said about fighting Pacquiao, if he thinks Mayweather is obsessed with this Manny Pacquiao fight, on the idea that many people feel like Mayweather will be able to beat Pacquiao, and if he thinks the random blood testing is something holding up this fight from happening.
Whether or not he believes what Mayweather said about fighting Pacquiao:
“No. It’s like a big joke. I mean obviously you see what’s happening. I would’ve taken it seriously if he had made a statement on November 14th but right now what he’s doing is he is a little jealous about the attention Manny is getting so he’s hogging a little bit of the limelight. It’s not a serious kind of thing. You don’t start a negotiation saying I’m gonna fight on May 5th and it’s gonna be at the MGM Grand. What kind of negotiation is that? What happens if Jerry Jones wants to put up 30 million dollars or something? What do you mean you’re holding a date at the MGM? What does that mean?”
If he thinks Mayweather is obsessed with the Pacquiao fight:
“Yeah he’s obsessed because he’s afraid to fight Manny. The truth is that it’s no longer a competitive fight. It once was but it isn’t anymore. Manny can out-speed him and Manny’s second hand, the right hand, is gonna knock Mayweather out. Truth is Marquez is a more difficult fight for him because Marquez’s style, counter-punching style can give Manny some trouble. I think Manny wins the fight but it can give him trouble.”
I haven’t talked to many people that think Pacquiao can beat Mayweather:
“What? You’re speaking to the wrong people because the people I’ve been speaking to overwhelmingly figure that Pacquiao beats Mayweather. It’s not even a tough fight. It really isn’t a tough fight. Mayweather has nothing to hurt him with, Mayweather doesn’t throw anywhere near the punches. Manny will not only win the fight over Mayweather, Manny will knock him out.”
If the Olympic style blood testing is still preventing a fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather from happening:
“No because we’ve been saying for the last year we will take the Olympic style testing, random blood and urine test period. We’ve agreed for the last year. How many times am I supposed to say it? It hasn’t been an issue in a year.”