Floyd to Manny: Dump Bob Arum and we fight

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. went on a rampage again Jan. 7, telling the whole world that he had given Manny Pacquiao an opportunity to fight him but the Filipino star simply blew it and that a megabuck matchup with him won’t ever happen as long as he is promoted by Bob Arum.

 

Speaking to fighthype, Mayweather lashed out at Pacquiao and the Hall of Fame promoter as the unbeaten US fighter painted a picture of himself as the one who shouldn’t be blamed for not giving the fight fans that clash they want to see.

 “I don’t have a good relationship with him (Arum),” said Mayweather, who used to be promoted by Top Rank.

Mayweather said that a fight with Pacquiao can only become a reality if Pacquiao gets rid of Arum.

Pacquiao has a contract with Arum that will last until the end of this year and if he doesn’t renew his contract with him, there could be a chance that they could end up meeting in the ring in 2015.

A few years back, Mayweather said he got to speak with Pacquiao on the phone and he offered him $40 million but he turned it down, stressing that he deserves equal sharing of the revenue since they’re on the same level.

But Mayweather said that since Pacquiao has got a lot of problems – tax issues and a fading popularity – the 35-year-old southpaw is short of being on bended knees, pleading that he gives him the chance to fight him.

Mayweather said “he (Pacquiao) wants me so solve them (problems) for him,” citing Pacquiao’s tax troubles in the US and in the Philippines as reason why he has suddenly become interested in meeting him.

Mayweather is set to announce his opponent for a May 3 fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and it is likely that he will be rumbling with British puncher Amir Khan although Argentinian mauler Marcos Maidana is also in the mix.

Pacquiao, like, Mayweather, is also shopping for a foe for an April 12 date likewise at the MGM Grand and the frontrunners are Tim Bradley of the US and Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia.

Pressed for comment yesterday, Arum politely declined to say something on the current issues, while Pacquiao’s mobile phone could not be contacted and his adviser Mike Koncz’s didn’t pick up the call.