MANILA, Philippines - Boxing trainer Freddie Roach says it is time for boxing promoters Bob Arum of Top Rank and Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions to get their act together and put up the most-awaited fight in the sport.
Roach has made no secret of his desire to see his prized ward, Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, take on undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr., in what will be one of the biggest fights in the history of boxing.
"I want to see Mayweather for Pacquiao," he said in an interview with RingTV, adding that boxing fans want to see that fight. "I think we need to give the people what they want."
Pacquiao has confirmed that negotiations for the mega-fight are taking place, while Arum says he is fielding offers from potential investors. Arum has said that Golden Boy is not involved in the negotiations.
But Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya claimed that Arum was lying about the negotiations, and said that Arum should call Schaefer to get the ball rolling for the negotiations.
Schaefer is the chief executive officer of Golden Boy.
Roach, for his part, says he understands the difficulty of putting on the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, especially because of the bad blood between Arum and de la Hoya.
"The thing is, this is not personal. This is business," he said. "I hate when personal feelings get brought into the equation."
"It's stupid. The thing is that Bob Arum and Don King didn't always get along, but they did business," Roach added. "There's no reason that they (Schaefer and Arum) shouldn't be able to make it happen."
As for his message to Arum and Schaefer, Roach said: "They're two adults, and they're both logical people. They should give the people what the people want."