Arum says Pacquiao-Mayweather possible in Nov
MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. will begin serving his prison time Friday (Saturday in Manila) after pleading guilty to domestic abuse involving his former girlfriend.
Mayweather will spend 3 months at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas.
“I hope that he serves his time, he learns his lesson and he comes out of prison a better person because he has lot of very, very good characteristics. He really does so maybe this is for the good,” said his former promoter, Top Rank’s Bob Arum.
Arum said it is still possible to arrange a super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather after the latter finishes his sentence.
“Realistically, we figured out that the ideal time for a Manny fight against Mayweather will be in November,” he said.
Arum said Pacquiao will have to remain active while waiting for Mayweather.
Among Pacquiao’s possible foes are Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Timothy Bradley and Lamont Peterson.
“Meanwhile Manny has to come through once again fighting these possible opponents” said Arum.
“The four candidates, who are now available for fight in May or June, will go over the pros and cons, the expectations of revenue in a fight with each of them… It’s up to Manny who he wants to fight,” added the boxing promoter.
For Yahoo! Sports writer Kevin Iole, the most ideal opponent for Pacquiao for now would be Bradley.
He said Bradley has a boxing style that remains unfamiliar to Pacquiao.
“I want to see some new blood fight somebody else. I want to see Timothy Bradley a style that Manny hasn’t seen from before,” said Iole.
Arum said Pacquiao’s next fight will take place in Las Vegas and will be broadcast by HBO pay-per-view. – Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau