Do You Blame Bob Arum, Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao?
The answer to the question posed in the title of this article has gone with the wind in the court of public opinion.
In the next three slides, I state the "case of blame" for each man that makes up the increasingly infamous trio that is Bob Arum, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Most Mayweather supporters blame Pacquiao and vice versa.
As always, I believe the truth falls somewhere in between, and here's why.
Blame Bob Arum
Any man that once stated, "yesterday I was lying; today I am telling the truth," is not exactly going to win a trust contest. If what Arum meant to say is that he is human and erred, it sure didn't come across in a positive light.
And when he recently stated that Manny Pacquiao was available to fight on May 5, but then changed his tune shortly after news reports surfaced that Floyd Mayweather would be in play for May 5 despite his legal foibles.
If this is coincidental then I also predicted the New York Giants to make the Super Bowl heading into the 2011 NFL season.
Is it in the blood, legally or naturally? That is the question that Team Mayweather, with an assist from Golden Boy Promotions, keep asking with their insistence that Olympic-style blood testing be used in any showdown with Pacquiao.
Or is Mayweather negotiating in bad faith for something that is not even stipulated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission—where any fight with Pacquiao would likely take place?
Why doesn't he just take the blood test?
Why does he keep primarily fighting Bob Arum-promoted fighters?
And why doesn't he speak up more about fighting Mayweather instead of relying on Arum to speak for him most of the time?
Are these legitimate questions or unfair ones to pose to Pacquiao?
Who Do You Think Is to Blame?
One thing I do know is that we can't blame Don King for this one!