Bob Arum (left) and Manny Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KO) is incarcerated, but Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO) and Bob Arum will have dinner this Tuesday to discuss a potential Mayweather-Pacquiao clash.
According to a report by Ronnie Nathanielsz, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said the following about his personal feelings on when a Mayweather fight will most likely occur:
"Obviously, I don't think that Mayweather, because it looks like he will be in prison for at least one or two more months, will be prepared to fight this year. So I think that if the Mayweather fight happens it would probably happen next year."
Arum doesn't want to jump the gun on penciling in a rematch with Timothy Bradley (29-0, 12 KO) or a fourth fight with Juan Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KO) without first gathering Pacquiao's input.
The reason Arum personally discounts Mayweather's chances of fighting this year are because the undefeated fighter is serving a 87-day prison sentence that began June 1.
Arum said the following about prison:
"I don't think anybody on Mayweather's side could commit him now for a fight because you don't understand how debilitating it is living in prison, eating that kind of food."
Though Arum doesn't see Mayweather fighting this year, he is optimistic of not about one, but two fights between Pacquiao and Mayweather in 2013.
Arum told the press that after Pacquiao faces someone else besides Mayweather this year, he looks forward to Pacquiao "maybe fighting two fights with Mayweather next year."
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