Originally written on 5TH QUARTER MAGAZINE  |  Last updated 10/27/14

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 14: Referee Kenny Bayless counts after Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico is knocked down in the third round by Manny Pacquiao during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. kept his boxing record free of any losses after beating Miguel Cotto this past weekend at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  Of course, that particular match cannot be talked about without mentioning another boxer most commonly referred to as Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.  There are two sides of the story and most recently, the fans have been graciously presented Mayweather’s side over and over again. The whole drug testing hoopla to disagreements between the Pay-Per-View splits.  Mayweather has constantly attacked Top Rank’s CEO, Bob Arum.  This rift between these two have dated back to when Mayweather was with Top Rank before ultimately splitting away to do his own thing.

In an interview by ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas with Gridlock, Bob Arum fires back at Mayweather.  Arum compares Mayweather to Adolf Hitler’s publicist and even stated:

You see, Mayweather is from the school of propaganda that Joseph Goebbels, who was Hitler’s publicist, adopted.  The more you say things over and over again, the more people believe them.

Arum is referring to how Mayweather, Jr. walks around saying that Manny Pacquiao is on performance enhancing drugs of some sort and won’t take a drug test.  Arum makes the notion clear that Pacquiao, himself, has agreed to any kind of drug testing by VADA and even the USDA.

The Top Rank CEO then dissects the money split, if the mega-fight were to happen.  Arum states that if Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was so sure he could beat Pacquiao, why hasn’t he even considered a 45/45 split with another 10% going to the winner?  Arum continues on and states his view on Mayweather’s belief that he is entitled to more because his PPV numbers are way better.  Arum fires back with:

The answer is no you don’t.  No you don’t.  We will match PPV numbers over the last couple of years.  Secondly, when you look at the gate, our tickets are sold and Pacquiao brings in gamblers from all over the world.  Mayweather’s tickets sell for a discount on the face value and they clog up the streets.  You know that.

In entirety, this has become more of a battle between Bob Arum and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. instead of Mayweather and Pacquiao.  Of course, each side has their strengths and weaknesses and each side wants the other to cave at some point.

The fact that this fight hasn’t already happened has really taken a toll on the amount of numerical figures to the left side of the decimal.  That dollar figure decreases as each day goes by.  Boxing fans are tired of this back-and-forth bickering instead of an actual fight happening in Las Vegas.


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