Bob Arum has come out guns blazing as he fights his media battle against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“I am offering Mayweather $45 million under the same terms he offered Pacquiao,” said Arum in his conversation with Ronnie Nathanielsz.
The terms that Arum is talking about is the guaranteed purse minus the PPV income.
This offer is exactly $5 million more than the same deal that Mayweather Jr. had recently offered to Pacquiao.
While I am curious to see what Floyd will say to this offer, I still think that Arum is missing the point. Floyd wants a lot more than $45 million, and not only that, he wants it all under his umbrella of rules. What Arum is failing to understand is that he is not talking to a fighter, but a smart promoter instead.
Mayweather Jr. knows the financial part of boxing, and is capable of making absurd demands that are, at the same time, actually realistic.
Arum is trying to save face by throwing Floyd curve-balls like this. Maybe Arum thinks: “If I offer Floyd anything more than what Manny would get, Floyd would bite and go for it, thinking that he has come out a financial winner.”
Maybe Arum is right—maybe Floyd will go for it. And maybe he will piss off Mayweather Jr. with his condescending games, and dig a much deeper hole for him to climb out of.
In the end, when or if this drama starts to cause serious decline in public interest, both fighters stand to lose millions of dollars and much more. Both Manny and Floyd know this, as well as their respective teams.
The time to act is now, and if Bob keeps acting like a roadblock to this historic event, I am more than confident he will lose Pacquiao as a client.