Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: Bob Arum Confirms Mythical Bout Won't Happen in Spring

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 30, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 09:  Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum speaks during the final news conference for the bout between boxers Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino November 9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Marquez when the two meet in the ring for the third time on November 12 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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There's been a lot of back-and-forth about whether Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. would ever fight, but Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, has now made it clear that Pacquiao will not be fighting Mayweather on May 5.

Of course, according to Arum, it's the other camp that is delaying the fight.

Said Arum of the Mayweather camp, via the LA Times:

"They don't want to fight in late May. It's dead for May, so we should sit down with everybody, let Mayweather fight someone else May 5 and we'll fight someone else June 9, and then let's get a signed contract for [Mayweather-Pacquiao] in November. That's a win-win for everybody."

Well, at least both camps seem to be open to scheduling a fight down the line. The only problem is, it's not a "win-win for everybody" because boxing fans are once again getting the short end of the stick.

 

What It Means

Arum said he's narrowed Pacquiao's potential opponent on June 9 to world super-welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and World Boxing Council junior-welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. He also said he'd like to announce Pacquiao's next opponent by Feb. 7 and have both camps start a national publicity tour after Feb. 18.

Pacquiao vs. Cotto would appear to be the biggest fight. Cotto defeated Antonio Margarito via TKO in December. However, Cotto's been reluctant to fight under 150 pounds, while Pacquiao won't budge from 147 pounds. Pacquiao defeated Cotto via 12th-round TKO in 2009.

Bradley isn't a big name, but he's undefeated in 29 career bouts, and he defeated Lamont Peterson in Nov. 2009. Peterson just defeated the up-and-coming Amir Khan in December; however, that fight was controversial.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 04:  Trainer Freddie Roach (L) talks with boxer Manny Pacquiao during the final news conference for Pacquiao's bout against Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino May 4, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welte
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What's Next

Mayweather will have to find another opponent now before he serves his 87-day jail sentence for misdemeanor battery in June.

It's entirely possible that Mayweather could steal Cotto away from Pacquiao in May because he doesn't have a problem with fighting at 150 pounds or more. That potentially leaves Mayweather vs. Cotto in May and Pacquiao vs. Bradley in June.

Not exactly what boxing fans had in mind.

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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