Today on ESPN 1100's, Gridlock show out of Las Vegas, Top Rank President Bob Arum called out Floyd Mayweather Jr., saying Manny Pacquiao is up to the task of taking on Mayweather and it's up the him to make it happen.
Arum talked about Mayweather's favorite quote, "take the test, to fight the best," saying that he has told the media over and over again.
What do you mean take the test? For two years Pacquiao has said that he'll take any drug test. Whether it's USADA or VADA or whoever administers it. So why is that still being talked about?
Then Arum made a bold claim, likening Mayweather to Adolf Hitler's publicist:
You see, Mayweather is from the school of propaganda that Joseph Goebbels, who was Hitler's publicist, adopted. The more you say things over-and-over again, the more people believe it.
Arum then tackled the money split controversy that Mayweather has created, since he doesn't want to agree to an even 50/50 split. Many feel that this is now the biggest roadblock keeping everyone from seeing the dream bout becoming a reality.
Everybody agreed the proceeds would be split 50/50. Now there is an excuse, he (Mayweather) does not want to split it 50/50. So we say, OK here's the deal. Let's make it 45/45 to each fighter, then 10 percent, the missing 10 percent goes to the winner.
According to Arum, Money May's response to the proposed 45/45 split, was, "take the test." Whether that is true or not, it has to be noted that Pacquiao's camp is trying to make the super fight happen, despite what Mayweather is saying to the media.
A reason to why Arum thinks Mayweather won't agree to terms for the fight is that Money May doesn't like to fight southpaws, especially one with the power that Pacquiao posses.
The fact that Pacquiao is a fast, left-hander, who hits with tremendous power in his left hand. I promoted Floyd for over 10 years. Anytime you raised the prospect with him of fighting a southpaw, he went crazy. Now with Pacquiao, who has all that power and all that speed, he doesn't want Pacquiao.
The facility where the fight would take place also came up during their conversation. Arum reiterated the plan to erect a temporary stadium, this time adding more details into the building that is to be located near the Luxor Hotel and casino on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip and include a boxing experience.
I met with the MGM people and they have shown me the plans. Showed me the plans of where they'd put up a temporary 40,000-seat stadium and get a license to keep it up for a year and maybe extend it for another year, and they proposed a deal where the fighters agree to fight, and then there would be an automatic rematch some months later.
If all of what Arum said is true, it definitely seems like Pacquiao's camp is doing far more work towards getting PacMan in the ring with Money May and the ball would now be in Mayweather's court to take the bait and get the bout in the ring within the next year.