Arum Tells Mayweather to Stop

Charlie JonesContributor IJune 12, 2009

LAS VEGAS - MAY 02:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines celebrates with promoter Bob Arum after knocking down Ricky Hatton of England in the second round during their junior welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

In an effort to increase what Pacquiao would receive if a fight between Pac-Man and Mayweather were to happen Arum has told Mayweather to stop asking for the higher cut of the money. "If Mayweather persists with this position, a fight will never happen," Arum told Setanta Sports News. "Mayweather is taking the position that unless he gets more money, there will never be a fight - that's absurd. Manny is the most sought-after boxer on the planet."

Obviously it is true, everyone and their mother wants a shot at Pacquiao. Unfortunately Arum wouldn't even entertain the idea that they split the money 50/50. "If Cotto beats Clottey that's just as big a fight," Arum said. A match-up between Cotto and Pacquiao would be a great fight but with Pacquiao's limited time left in the sport (by his own choosing as he wants to start a political career) shouldn't he fight an undefeated Mayweather Jr. first? Is Arum risking Pacquiao's legacy if he won't even consider a 50/50 split against another fighter who is/was also considered the best pound for pound fighter? Instead of making these sort of comments shouldn't Arum just keep his mouth shut and see where the pieces fall first? If Mayweather and Cotto lose there next fights none of this really matters so why put yourself into this position in the first place?

The street goes both ways of course. Mayweather demanding a higher share of the money can only happen if he concedes other stipulations, but those stipulations (such as weight, gloves, etc) are what will ultimately decide the fight. A 50/50 split is in his best interest as Pacquiao is a high demand fighter unless of course Cotto loses and Mayweather wins in their scheduled fights. Than I can possibly see a 60/40 for Mayweather but he would have to concede elsewhere.  

A Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight has just gone down the road of 'may not ever happen' and that my friends is why boxing may not survive much longer.

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