Ariza and Mayweather’s recent comments implicate Arum as the problematic factor in Pacquiao negotiations

27 Nov

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

The failure to book modern boxing’s pound-for-pound showdown between welterweight rivals Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr is not because either combatant is opposed to the idea, but because of Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum’s desire to keep as much money in-house by aligning the Filipino with other fighters within the Top Rank Boxing stable, strength coach Alex Ariza has explained.

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The voice of unreason? Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

A match-up between the two 147lb world champions is estimated to be the most lucrative fight in combat sports history; a bout that would guarantee both Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38ko) and Mayweather (42-0-0, 26ko) career-high paydays, but one in which Arum is allegedly adamant in denying Floyd.

There has been much to-and-fro within the boxing media over whom is to fault regarding the fruitless negotiations between Top Rank and Mayweather Promotions/Golden Boy Promotions, however, a key member of Pacquiao’s coaching staff – Ariza – has spoken out over Arum’s “agenda” in an explosive interview with Fight Hype.

“It’s clear as to why the Pacquiao versus Mayweather fight has never happened,” the renowned nutritionist stated. “It’s always about what’s best for Bob and for his agenda.”

In a statement recorded by, Pacquiao was quoted to have said that negotiations were ongoing with Mayweather… such comments, it can be presumed, are indicative of Manny’s eagerness to seal what would be the toughest examination of his career to date. The pugilist wants the fight, so too does his trainer – Freddie Roach, owner of the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.

“Freddie has been very vocal about Manny wanting to fight Floyd because Freddie is about wanting the best for his fighter,” continued Ariza. “If Manny wants to fight Floyd and he hypothetically loses, the [fourth Juan Manuel] Marquez fight is still there. If Manny fights Marquez and he loses to Marquez the Floyd fight is gone. Freddie knows the best thing for Manny is to fight Floyd.”

Ariza then questioned why Arum is loathe to the idea of doing business with other promoters when it comes to ticket-seller and powerful pay-per-view asset Pacquiao: “Why is it that Bob can do a co-promotion with everybody else out there but he won’t do a co-promotion when it comes to Pacquiao fighting somebody? Whoever Manny fights, he has to fight in-house.”

The theme of attempted business dealings with Bob Arum ending with difficulty was one maintained by Mayweather in a telling exclusive conducted by popular fistic social networking site, Boxing Socialist. Floyd implied that he has no problem with the Top Rank company, just it’s head figure Arum: “First off, I can’t wait until Todd Duboef is running the company.

“He and Dena Duboef are truly great people, professional,” the undefeated American stressed. “I can’t wait until he takes over just so we can have dinner and talk about working together.”

The reaction to these latest revelations has polarised fight fans. One section claims Ariza’s comments may create added cracks in an already fractious relationship between himself and Arum whilst simultaneously broadening the negotiational gap that had seemingly been minimised when Pacquiao claimed he would be willing to submit to random blood testing – a mandatory contractual requirement when it comes to boxing Mayweather.

Another, more optimistic group believe it could signal the beginning of Arum’s hand being forced.

… for the sake of boxing, let’s hope it’s the latter.

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One Response to “Ariza and Mayweather’s recent comments implicate Arum as the problematic factor in Pacquiao negotiations”


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