They're past their prime, but good luck! - Top Rank's Bob Arum to Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr
TJ Manotoc on Sep 27, 2018 10:25 AM
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On the sidelines of the official press conference of the Jerwin Ancjas vs. Alejandro Santiago press conference in San Francisco, Top Rank Chief Bob Arum gamely elaborated on his comments on the possibility of a second Pacquiao versus Mayweather Jr. fight.
The 86-year old executive admitted to how he reacted the first time he heard the news of Floyd and Manny trying to put together a second fight.
“Here we go again! The last time it took them five years to make it happen, maybe this time it will take them four?” Arum said.
Sarcasm aside, Arum wished both fighters luck and explained why Top Ranked will not be involved whatsoever this time around.
“Well you know good luck to them," Arum added. "I really sort of have my doubts whether it will happen, but if it happens, at least though you know they make considerable money, and this is boxing, this is a business."
"You know as far as Top Rank is concerned, the reason I said we would not be involved is that we're doing almost three events a month here. Every weekend, where we're off with our next show, is two weeks from now in Omaha and then a week later in Las Vegas with the Japanese middleweight champion.” he continued.
Arum himself did not pull his punches in calling both fighters out as clearly beyond their best years.
“So we really don't have time for fighters who you know, are really past that peak. Whatever you say about them, will it be an entertaining fight? I don't know, I think so because, I mean that those two were great, they were great fighters in their time and I think there'll be a lot of nostalgia, so you know, I'm not saying, I'm not criticizing the fight, We just don't have time to get involved”
The last time the media heard from either Pacquiao or Mayweather Jr.’s camp was rumours of a formal announcement possibly happening in Manila, with both fighters present.
But to this day nothing has materialised.