Welterweight

Bob Arum Responds to Leonard Ellerbe's Recent Statement About May 5 Possibility

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, speaks during a press confrence at the Edison Ballroom on September 20, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Vitali SCorrespondent INovember 6, 2011

Here we go again, Bob Arum criticizes the Mayweather camp for their lies, yet he himself weasels his own words to mold his very obvious intentions.

Recently I wrote a piece about Leonard Ellerbe’s statement that camp Pacquiao finally agreeing to the USADA drug testing makes it so much easier for the fight negotiations to begin once again, and reach a positive outcome this time.

In his interview with FightHype, Ellerbe expressed how pleased they were, and how excited they were feeling about making this fight a reality.

After Ellerbe talked with FightHype, Bob Arum came out with a statement claiming that Ellerbe’s May 5 proposition was a joke, and that Pacquiao has been in agreement to take the drug tests for some time now.

"The way they are going about it seems like a bizarre way to go about it. If you want to put it together, you meet, you talk. You don't just come out and say, 'The fight is May 5 at the MGM.' What kind of negotiation is that? So I don't take what they said seriously.

"When they want to do some serious negotiating, somebody will call me or (Top Rank president) Todd (duBoef) and we will sit down and talk. It's obviously a fight we want to make,” said Arum.

“And before you set a date don't you want to see if the guy you want to fight is available?" asked Arum.

Seems to me that Bob Arum is trying to somehow steer the fight with Mayweather Jr. farther away. Why would Pacquiao be unavailable for the most important fight of his entire career? Why would he not be available for the biggest paycheck of his career as well?

To clarify, Bob Arum confirmed that Pacquiao would submit to the drug testing, but USADA is would not be allowed to performed any testing in the Philippines.

What this really means is hard to tell, but it kind of seems that to Bob Arum and team Pacquiao, the Philippines is some kind of a secret lair where everything goes.

Once again, I feel that it is Bob Arum who is making Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao a distant maybe. 

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