I read an interesting article, regarding the Marquez vs. Mayweather fight, in the Canadian press today, from a respected Broadsheet writer, who claimed to have decent sources in the boxing world.
Apparently the Mayweather injury is allegedly linked to Pacquiao, but not in the way you may think.
“Speaking to Floyd’s (Golden Boy Executive) people for a few minutes, the situation became a bit clearer.
Floyd apparently came back to boxing, on the premise that he would be able to fight both Marquez and Pacquiao in 2009. This was a guarantee given to him by Golden Boy when he signed his new contract.
However, Arum and Roach have made it pretty clear to Golden Boy in recent months that fighting Mayweather is not part of their plans in the short or long term, and they have preferred opponents for Manny. “
The Marquez fight was designed to promote a Pacquiao fight. A stepping stone, for a world record PPV bout.
PFP number 1 vs. PFP number 2.
With Team Pacquiao seemingly taking themselves out of this equation, Golden Boy are now re-thinking their Mayweather strategy.”
It does make sense to me. The rumblings from Camp Arum, to me, haven’t been people who want to make this fight happen in the short term.
Firstly, after Mayweather called out Pacquiao in his comeback press conference, Roach’s response was:
“Floyd missed his chance. Manny needs to stay busy. We won’t wait for him. We have other targets”.
And since then, Arum, maybe in an attempt to price Mayweather out of the fight, has stated that they will only do the fight if Mayweather takes a 30% cut.
Insinuating that Manny has a De la Hoya sort of draw. Ludicrous from Arum.
I struggle to blame Team Pacquiao, as they have their fighter’s best interests at heart.
And his best interests are probably making more of his PFP number 1 status, and taking fights with more beatable opponents.
If Manny went into a Mayweather bout, even though he’s “the man” he’d probably go in as quite a big underdog – and a loss would probably halve his earning potential.
I think Arum, Roach would rather see him in fights with Mosely and Cotto.
Financially, your talking pretty average purses. But 2 or 3 of them, and remaining "the man" would probably make up for a Mayweather megafight