Monday, March 30, 2009

Is Bob Arum Afraid of Mayweather for Pacquiao?

Pacquiao against Cotto. Pacquiao against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. These are the fights Top Rank Boss Bob Arum wants. And with the rumors of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s comback floating around every corner, Arum is obviously playing deaf. Or is he?

The big fight for Pacquiao, should he win against Ricky Hatton, is Cotto or Chavez. This was according to Arum of course. Even the name of a fighter who should have retired years ago is being put into the picture. And that name is Oscar Dela Hoya.

Arum obviuosly thinks that Mayweather is not the name to rake in the money right now. Well let's say that maybe, just maybe, Money May needs a little bit of a tuneup before he can again be in the boxing spotlight. But it is an undeniable fact that the rumors of Mayweather coming out of retirement (not the closet) is making more buzz than the names Miguel Cotto or Julio Cesar Chavez.

Even Chavez 39-0-1 (29KO), who is fresh off a victory against Luciano Cuello in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday night is overshadowed by the mere news of Mayweather's return. Besides, Chavez fights in the Junior Middlewieght ranks and Pacquiao has only started to climb up to Welterweight. If many argued how much of a mismatch Pacquiao's last fight against Dela Hoya was, I wonder what boxing fans would think about this matchup. Sure, Pacquiao could give Chavez a beating like he did Oscar, but it would still be a mismatch one way or another.

Given that both Cotto and Pacquiao are promoted by Arum's Top Rank seems logical enough that Arum wants the two slug it out. However, this is not the fight fans want to see.

Mayweather is a boring fighter. He cherry-picks his opponents. He runs around the ring more than he throws punches. And Freddie Roach was spot on when he said that when you fight Mayweather, win or lose, you look bad doing it.

Nevertheless, even with all these negative publicity, Mayweather undeniably still has star-power as well as hate-value that keep fight fans interested in him. And a fight with Pacquiao definitely will pull in more PPV numbers than a fight against Cotto and Chavez combined.

Bob Arum apparently does not want Pacquiao to fight Mayweather for the reason that if the current Pound-for-Pound champ loses to the former Pound-for-Pound champ, Pac will lose the luster he has earned during his one-sided win against Dela Hoya. Pacquiao after all is his Money Man.

But will this really be the case? Other than Paul Williams, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, Pacquiao has what it takes to beat Mayweather. And should this fight materialize, it will still be one hell of a fight (all credits to Pacquiao of course).

Mayweather is a boring fighter but he is good at what he does. And if Arum wants Pacquiao to fight anyone but PBF, that makes him no different than the cherry-picker in Mayweather.

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