|WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (L) of Puerto Rico and Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. during their title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada May 5, 2012. Photo by Steve Marcus, Reuters.
MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. believes a mega-fight between him and Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will never happen because of Pacquiao’s promoter, Top Rank chief executive officer Bob Arum.
Hopes for a Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight were kept alive after Mayweather won a hard-fought, competitive decision victory against Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto last Saturday in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila).
But Mayweather dashed those hopes in the post-fight press conference, telling reporters: “The Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is not going to happen. It’s never going to happen.”
Mayweather blamed Pacquiao’s promoter, Arum, for getting in the way of the fight.
“Bob Arum is in the way of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, and that is why the fight can’t happen,” Mayweather said in a separate interview with ESPN.
"The truth is, Bob Arum is not going to let the fight happen. It's not on me. I went to Pacquiao and I offered him $40 million," Mayweather said.
"He turned me down. He basically said 50/50. How can you ask for 50/50 when he's not doing the same numbers that I am doing?" he added.
Mayweather noted that Pacquiao has gone on record saying "he would do it for less." "It's just been a problem trying to make this fight," he said.
In the interview immediately following the fight, Mayweather also said that Arum was “stopping the fans from getting what they want.”
“Let’s make that fight happen,” he said.
Mayweather used to fight under the banner of Arum's Top Rank, but they had a bitter falling out when the unbeaten boxer decided that he wanted to take control of his career.
He eventually left Arum and now hires Golden Boy Promotions -- Top Rank's primary rival -- to promote his fights on a contractual basis.
Mayweather said that the only way the mega-fight can happen is if Pacquiao agrees to leave Arum.
"Once he's free from Bob Arum, will the fight happen? Absolutely. But as of right now, it's not going to happen. Bob Arum is worried about making money. He's not worried too much about the fight," he said.
Mayweather, who became the new World Boxing Association junior middleweight champion, also repeated his demand that Pacquiao take random drug and urine tests for performance enhancing drugs.
“Miguel Cotto didn’t have a problem taking random blood and urine tests, so why can’t Manny Pacquiao? If you the best, take the test,” Mayweather said.
Pacquiao has already agreed to Mayweather’s demands of random drug testing, something the unbeaten boxer has refused to acknowledge.
But another roadblock stands in the way of the mega-fight: Pacquiao wants to have an equal share of the pay-per-view revenue, but Mayweather is only willing to give the Filipino boxer a guaranteed purse of $40 million, with no share of revenue.
Pacquiao is scheduled to defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight championship against Timothy Bradley Jr. on June 9 in Las Vegas.