PACMAN'S LAST CALL ON FLOYD: FIGHT NOW
[PHOTO AT LEFT - Floyd Mayweather Jr.]
MANILA, AUGUST 10, 2010 (STAR) By Abac Cordero - Stop wondering why Manny Pacquiao hasn’t signed the contract for the proposed fight with Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13.
The 31-year-old Filipino superstar is still looking at Floyd Mayweather Jr., the undefeated, flamboyant American, as the best available fight for him this coming November.
Pacquiao, in fact, has hurled a new challenge for Mayweather, who is reportedly building a new partnership with the equally flamboyant promoter Don King: Fight me in November, and make the world happy.
“I hope Mayweather is serious enough in doing business with Don King and is not doing this only to save face. I hope Don King does the same in return, that he can make miracles happen. I say this to both these men: Let’s get it on,” said Pacquiao.
The reigning pound-for-pound champion wrote in his widely read column at philboxing.com that he wants no other fight than Mayweather, but if it doesn’t happen, then he’s bound to face Margarito for the vacant WBC super-welterweight crown.
He called on both Mayweather and King to get in touch with him as soon as possible.
“Fight like warriors and brave men. I am the champion, I have the belts and I should not be the one challenging you. I should not even be the one trying to make this fight happen,” said Pacquiao.
“But Pacquiao vs Mayweather is what everyone wants, that’s why I am calling out your names. My promoter Bob Arum will be waiting for your call and will be very glad to hear what you have to say. The sooner, the better,” he added.
Margarito will fight Pacquiao under any condition, and has in fact agreed to all the terms of the contract, probably been untouched since Mike Koncz delivered it to Pacquiao a couple of weeks ago.
Koncz is still holed up in Abu Dhabi, working out on a possible multi-million-dollar deal to bring Pacquiao’s next fight there. But nothing seems to be going, and it should be better for Koncz to get out of there before he’s taken hostage.
Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, is also looking at Dallas and Monterrey in Mexico as venue of Pacquiao’s next fight. But that’s if it’s against Margarito. If it’s Mayweather, there’s no place to go but Vegas.
Pacquiao is still hopeful that with three months left before Nov. 13, Mayweaher would change his mind, and begin fresh talks, forget about all the arguments regarding blood-testing or the purse split and the court cases, and fight him.
“A lot of things can happen within three months and if Mayweather is not really a coward, he needs to prove himself in the ring. I gave in more than what is necessary and I accepted some of the requests that Mayweather asked for just to have this fight go through.
“For now, Antonio Margarito of Mexico is the likely replacement of Mayweather in November 13, but for me, there is nothing more beautiful news if the Mayweather camp will change its mind. And I am sure boxing fans or any other sports fans will follow this very closely,” he said.
It’s not the first time Pacquiao said Mayweather may be afraid to fight him, but it could be the last time he’ll challenge the 33-year-old American to a fight.
Otherwise, if still nothing comes out of it, then the fight the whole world wants to see may never ever happen at all.
Arum: King can make megafight happen By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) Updated August 10, 2010 12:00 AM Comments (0)
MANILA, Philippines - Bob Arum would rather deal with Don King than with anyone else in trying to make the superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. happen.
The two heavyweight promoters have done it before, for the blockbuster “Thrilla in Manila” in 1975, and doing another fight of that magnitude shouldn’t be a problem.
But first, the 78-year-old King, just a few days older than Arum, should land a contract with Mayweather. Reports said the two have agreed to or are close to it.
And Arum, in an interview with www.insidesports.ph, is excited.
“It looks like King may have captured Mayweather and if Don ends up with Mayweather then with King there’s no nonsense,” Arum was quoted as saying yesterday.
King had told the press that Pacquiao versus Mayweather could gross as much as $200 million.
“We will go away for a weekend, we’ll fight the s-t out of each other, we’ll yell and scream and put a deal together,” added the Top Rank chief, who can’t seem to get the fight done with Mayweather’s present team.
While it’s Leonard Ellerbe and Al Haymon who are calling the shots for the undefeated American, he has also relied on the representation of Golden Boy Promotions in his last few fights.
But there seemed to be so much said and done, not to mention the bad blood, between Arum and some people in the Mayweather camp, and so far all they’ve achieved is to agree to disagree.
That’s why Arum is now saying he’d rather see Mayweather work with King, so they could make the fight “next spring.” For the meantime, Pacquiao will go on and face Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13.
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, called Arum and King “dinosaurs,” and according to Lem Satterfield, has referred to the two legendary promoters as “B-Rex” and “D-Rex.”
“It doesn’t matter if he’s jealous. You could say, ‘They’re not good promoters and so forth. But it is totally uncalled for and obscene for him to – in order to attacking King and myself – to keep referring to our age like it means anything. That’s really offensive. I mean, that’s really offensive,” Arum told boxingscene.com.
The Filipino pound-for-pound champion said he can wait a couple more weeks for Mayweather to decide to fight him in November. Otherwise, he will have to put his signature on the contract and fight Margarito.
“I’m very optimistic that we can do the fight next spring,” Arum told www.insidesports.ph. of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.
Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, is back from Abu Dhabi where he stayed for a week trying to get the deal to bring Pacquiao’s next fight there, but has nothing concrete to show as of yet.
If it’s not Abu Dhabi, Arum is looking at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, the site of Pacquiao’s 12-round battle with Joshua Clottey last March, or the city of Monterrey in Mexico.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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