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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Bob Arum Says Fight Delay Is Good

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks at a post-fight news conference after he defeated Victor Ortiz to win the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 20, 2012

There is great news in the boxing world. It finally appears that the superfight between Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0-0, 26 KOs) will happen.

There is also bad news.

Bob Arum, the founder and CEO of Top Rank, wants to delay the fight.

There are currently issues delaying the fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao. The two camps still can't come to an agreement on certain stipulations, like drug testing.

If those problems get worked out, the fight could be scheduled for May 5th of this year.

Bob Arum doesn't want that to happen.

Arum feels that a fight of this caliber needs time and anticipation to build. I think we've already had plenty of that, but I guess a little more wouldn't hurt.

He also believes that the fight should be considered a huge event. He is quoted saying that it is the Super Bowl of boxing.

It would be the biggest fight in decades.

The real reason Arum would like to postpone the fight is because of the other options that are still available.

Pacquiao and Mayweather could each fight in May, and then have their superfight later in the year.

As much as it pains me to say it, Arum is right.

Don't get me wrong, I want to see this fight today. However, it shouldn't be rushed. It needs to be planned carefully.

We didn't wait years for this fight to see it poorly handled and rushed so it can occur before Mayweather's June 1st prison sentence.

It's likely this fight will be the final one for the winner. It could be the last fight that either partake in. It needs to be great.

Take the time to make sure that it is.

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