Arum wants Pacquiao-Floyd in April or June


Posted at Dec 21 2014 04:24 PM | Updated as of Dec 22 2014 12:30 AM

Top Rank boss Bob Arum again criticized American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the unbeaten fighter's insistence on fighting Manny Pacquiao on May 2, the Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Mayweather recently said he would love to fight Pacquiao, but insisted that negotiations should be done on his terms. Among the American boxer's conditions is that the bout should be held on May 2.

Arum has already said he does not support Mayweather's stance on that particular issue, as he believes that for the American to fight on Cinco de Mayo is disrespectful to Mexican fighters and their fans.

"May 2… is a Mexican holiday. It is a big Mexican-American holiday," Arum told Gareth Davies of the UK Telegraph. "It's a fight date being talked about for Mayweather, Pacquiao, even (Miguel) Cotto, but they're not Mexicans or even Mexican-Americans."

Arum said there is no reason the fight cannot be held on another date. "April or June would be fine for that fight," said Arum. "What difference does it make?"

Pacquiao fought in April 2014 against Timothy Bradley, and has not fought in a Cinco de Mayo weekend since 2011, when he fought and defeated Shane Mosley on May 7.

In contrast, Mayweather has fought in the past three Cinco de Mayo weekends.

Arum believes that only Mexican star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez can fight on May 2, and if Mayweather insists on fighting on that date, he may wind up "bumping off" the young boxer.

"I think it's disrespectful to the Mexican people not to have Canelo fight on their holiday. I see Mayweather poaching on a Mexican holiday and being disrespectful to the Mexican people," he said.