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article imageBob Arum says Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao can't fight May 2

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 28, 2014 in Sports
Floyd Mayweather Jr. very much wants to fight Manny Pacquiao and various reports have suggested the two sides were negotiating a date of May 2. But Pacquiao's manager Bob Arum, who once managed Mayweather, appears to have nixed that idea. Yet again.
“May 2, that Cinco De Mayo weekend, is a Mexican holiday," Arum told the U.K. paper The Telegraph this week. "It is a big Mexican-American holiday. It’s a fight date being talked about for Mayweather, Pacquiao, even Cotto, but they’re not Mexicans or even Mexican-Americans. The only Mexican who is a draw on that date is Canelo."
Pacquiao (57-5-2) and Mayweather (47-0) have been sparring over a date since 2009, but each time something has come up to prevent it, including Pacquiao's refusal to fight with Olympic testing in place. This, to some fight fans, may seem the most outrageous reason not to take the date that's available in Las Vegas and sign the deal.
Arum fights Mayweather/Pacquiao fight
But Arum suddenly seems to respect Mexican fight fans - who would surely love to see Pacquiao and Mayweather fight on any date - so much he is willing to toss aside yet another chance to have his former fighter in the ring against his current fighter. It is being suggested the fight would be the richest in boxing history, with a gross take of around $250 million. Putting off another date may kill it, but Arum seems to be taking that chance.
"I think it's disrespectful to the Mexican people not to have El Canelo (Saúl Álvarez) fight on their holiday," Arum said, "I see Mayweather as poaching on a Mexican holiday and being disrespectful to the Mexican people."
As for his fighter, Pacquiao, earlier this month he tweeted his feelings about the potential fight, directing a tweet at Mayweather: "@FloydMayweather, don't be a boxing humbug. Let's give the fans the fight they want. They have waited long enough."
Mayweather: Arum is "stopping" fight
For his part, Mayweather, 37, who said he is considering retiring after 2015, or sooner, told Showtime he wants to go out undefeated and "with a bang" and a victory over Pacquiao, 36, named 'Fighter of the Decade' last decade by Boxing Writers Association of America, the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization, would obviously be the way to do it.
“Floyd Mayweather is not ducking or dodging any opponent,” he said. “Bob Arum is stopping the fight. We have been trying to make this fight happen behind the scenes for years now, but the fans and the people have been fooled because they have been listening to people just on one side.
"Now it's time for us to talk. We want the fight. The fans would love to see the fight and, of course, I want to go out with a bang.”
Whether he manages to go out with a bang or not may depend as much or more on Bob Arum than it does on Floyd Mayweather.
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