Arum now optimistic for Mayweather-Pacquiao on May 2nd

Milan Ordoñez on Jan 30, 2015 11:37 AM
Arum now optimistic for Mayweather-Pacquiao on May 2nd
Photo credit: Chris Farina/Top Rank

MANILA – As things have started to show progress between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, so has Bob Arum’s sentiments.

Just a week ago, the Top Rank head honcho was said to be losing hope on the mega bout pushing through on May 2nd, and was more inclined to making his back-up plan of Pacquiao-Khan happen for May 30th in England.

Negotiations made a dramatic turn for the better early this week when both boxing icons personally met up in front of a crowd of thousands at NBA game, and then in Pacquiao’s hotel room afterwards. Nothing has been made final, but many are made to believe that the possibility of the five-year on-paper rival happening is inching closer by the day.

While there remains a glaring uncertainty as far as completing the deal is concerned, the 83-year old promoter says there is at least a reason to be hopeful.

“I cannot assure you that it’s gonna happen, but certainly with this development in Miami and from what I know about the finalization of papers and everything, I have to be optimistic,” Arum told Ronnie Nathanielsz in an exclusive interview. “And I know that everybody that I deal with like Les Moonves of CBS and HBO’s Richard Plepler are all very positive of making this happen. There are no issues that I can see that mean anything.”

The latest developments between both camps happened with very little involvement from Arum. But for his part, negotiations should be done sooner than later if things continue to fall into place.

“I think everything is positive and hopefully, if everything keeps going well, we’ll get it wrapped up by the end of the week,” Arum continued. “Do I know for sure? No. But I’m an optimist.”


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