MANILA, Philippines – The cold war between promotion outfits Top Rank Inc. and Golden Boy is among the biggest stumbling blocks Manny Pacquiao will have to hurdle before he gets an elusive superfight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In a recent interview with Boxing Scene's Jason Donovan, Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) executive Richard Schaefer said he has no interest dealing with Top Rank’s Bob Arum, who holds the promotional rights of Pacquiao.
GBP co-promotes Mayweather’s bouts and is an important player in possible negotiations between Mayweather and Pacquiao.
“I have no interest whatsoever to work with Bob Arum,” said Schaefer.
“Manny Pacquiao for Floyd Mayweather at this point isn’t an opponent,” the GBP executive said when pressed to comment further. “I'm not going to talk about that because it's not going to happen. I have no interest to deal with or talk about Bob Arum. “
Arum said he is willing to negotiate for the fight so that they can give fans the dream match they have been waiting for.
The 82-year-old promoter, however, clarified that he won’t be making the first move.
“We've announced we're willing to make anything happen. Now somebody has got to contact us so we can sit down and explore how it can happen. Isn't that the way normal people deal? You can't wave a wand. I've said unequivocally, we're ready to sit down and see if a deal can be reached," he said in an earlier interview on USA Today.
For the fight to happen, Mayweather will also have to express interest in facing Pacquiao.
The undefeated American has so far been distancing himself from even considering the fight.
In an interview with US radio host Kelly Mac, Mayweather said Pacquiao has yet to prove himself worthy of the multimillion-dollar bout.
“Where we stand is this: Pacquiao is 1-2 [win-loss] in his last three fights,” Mayweather told Mac. “My last 45 fights, I was 45-0.”