‘Lack of fighter control holding Pac-Floyd bout’
MANILA, Philippines – The thing that holds up the mega-buck clash between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the handlers’ lack of control over “Pretty Boy Floyd,” claimed Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
Arum stressed that if Golden Boy Promotions and boxing adviser Al Haymon were able to rein in Mayweather, the super fight with Pacquiao would have been done years ago.
“We had a contract; the contract, every point was agreed to except the drug test. Then finally we took that off the table, that went away, and now still we can't get the thing done because there's more bullshit. Now it's the split, now it's this, now it's that. I think the real problem is, the real problem here is they don't control their fighter," said Arum in Fight Hype.
Arum said that compared to Mayweather, who used to fight under Top Rank, Pacquiao is easier to deal with.
"With us, we're Pacquiao's promoter. I clear things with Pacquiao, Michael Koncz, and then I know what position I can take, so I can make a deal on a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in 5 minutes; in 5 minutes. There's no issue as far as I'm concerned," the promoter said.
Negotiations for a Pacquiao-Mayweather super fight have fallen apart a number of times over various issues, including Mayweather's demands of Olympic-style random drug testing.