Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Arum tired of ‘crazy situation’, yet remains hopeful
Milan Ordoñez on Feb 05, 2015 10:20 AM
Photo credit: Mary Ann Owen/Top Rank
MANILA – From what looked like to hopelessness to sudden optimism, Bob Arum is now filled with frustration.
The Top Rank chief has been behind the scenes since negotiations for the Mayweather-Pacquiao super fight began to progress once again. Talks, however, have been reportedly stalled after the necessary parties involved failed to meet common ground.
Speaking to Ringtv.com, Arum lamented his annoyances on what has been transpiring, as far as making the deal is concerned.
“Nobody’s listening to anybody. I have no idea what’s going to happen. I’ve never been through a situation as crazy as this. I’m tired of it. I’ve negotiated for 50 years and I’ve never been through some s–t like this.”
Arum also adds that CBS Corporation chief Les Moonves remains to be the key for negotiations to further move forward.
“It’s only going to get settled at Moonves’ level,” Arum continued. “Because otherwise, it will just break up and everybody will just walk away and everybody will blame everybody and all of that s–t. That’s how I see it now.”
Showtime Sports, which broadcasts all of Mayweather’s fights since 2012, remains to be at odds with HBO Sports, who in turn is associated to Pacquiao. “Pacman’s” adviser Michael Koncz previously revealed that predicaments of that end of the deal have been straightened out, but Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza denied such claims.
Now that everything is back at a stalemate, Arum’s headaches have begun piled up once again. The 83-year old promoter, however, remains positive.
“If you knew what was going on, you would know how bizarre it is. But maybe you go through this bizarre-ness before you cross the goal line. I have nothing else to say except that it’s not over until it’s over.”
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