World renowned promoter and controversial boxing figure Don King says he’s the only person that can make the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao superfight happen. The Manila Standard Today has the story:
“I’m the only one who can make the anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. With the money, there is no problem. Other [promoters] offer trash to Mayweather and Pacquiao, while I’ll offer a lot of money,” King, who was in Mexico City, was quoted by notifight.com as saying.
King, who was once one of the most influential personas in the sport, has promoted some of boxing’s greatest events, such as “The Rumble in the Jungle” featuring Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman, and the “Thrilla in Manila” with Ali and Joe Frazier.
He has also promoted and been associated with the likes of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones Jr., Julio César Chávez, Felix Trinidad, Marco Antonio Barrera and Larry Holmes.
Some of the controversies surrounding the flamboyant promoter stems from the fact he was once incarcerated for manslaughter as well as his alleged affiliation with organized crime.
Thus far, the projected fight of the century between Mayweather and Pacquiao, which has been almost three years in the making, has turned into an ongoing farcical saga of "he said, she said," with supposed negotiations falling through every time there seems to be the slightest hope and opportunity for the fight to transpire.
One of the major players in all of this has been Pacquiao’s promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. However, he has yet to get the fight off the ground.
At present, Mayweather is scheduled to take on Miguel Cotto on Cinco de Mayo for his WBA super welterweight title, and Pacquiao puts his WBO belt on the line when he faces off against Timothy Bradley on June. 9.
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