Controversial boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. is urging Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao to follow the example set by his son, American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr., and “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya.
In an interview with On the Ropes Boxing Radio, Floyd Sr. said both his son and De La Hoya left Bob Arum and Top Rank Promotions, and it would be wise for Pacquiao to do the same.
“Oscar De La Hoya left Bob Arum, my son left Bob Arum. These were the biggest fighters in the world at the time they left Bob Arum, and they are some of the biggest fighters still today,” Floyd Sr. said when asked about giving advice to Pacquiao.
“I think if Pacquiao had any sense, I think he would jump on the same wagon and get rolling,” he added.
Pacquiao is the top fighter of Arum’s Top Rank Promotions, and this has long been a contentious issue that has blocked a potential mega-fight with Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Sr. said it would serve Pacquiao well to sever all ties with Arum and instead accept a fight with his son, on the condition that it will be Floyd Jr. who will be setting all the terms of the fight.
“Floyd is calling the shots, it’s simple,” the trainer said. “That way right there, everything will be taken care of.”
“With Little Floyd being the king of everything, Pacquiao is gonna take that test, and then Pacquiao is gonna have to settle for what Floyd wants him to have, simple,” he added.
“Pacquiao, I think he should take that fight with my son and delete Bob Arum out of the situation and go for what he can go for, do the best he can do because right now, he ain’t doing very good.”
Despite this, Floyd Sr. claimed he has no personal problems with Arum.
“Bob Arum has been good to me at times when my son was working with him,” he said. “But it is what it is. Even though he was nice to me, he was taking from my son, so I can’t agree with that either.”
“I’m not gonna hold nobody up that’s doing anything wrong to any family member or friend of mine, I’m not gonna go along with it.”