TOP Rank promoter Bob Arum believes that if Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao shows that he’s back in his Clash in Cotai duel with Brandon Rios in Macau on Nov. 24, then a fight against pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. can happen.
Arum was guest on Australia’s 1116 SEN Radio on the program “Evenings with Mark Fine,” which on Mondays also features Australian boxing promoter Peter Maniatis.
“The only major impediment is that Mayweather now fights for Showtime and Manny for HBO,” said Arum, who, however cited a precedent “when they had the same situation years ago, where Lennox Lewis was an HBO fighter and Mike Tyson fought for Showtime.”
He noted that the two networks “came together and shared responsibilities of promoting the pay-per-view and it worked out really well.”
Arum feels that “if Manny demonstrates that he’s back and there’s a public outcry, we should be able to get it done.”
The promoter made it clear that “the public doesn’t want to know about backroom strategies and negotiations. They just want to see the two guys get into the ring, fighting each other.”
Arum said a possible date may be in the second half of 2014.
He maintained that a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight “would be great for boxing and it’s hard to justify if it doesn’t happen. The best tennis players play each other, the best soccer teams play each other and in American football, the two best teams from each conference face each other in the Super Bowl.”