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Bob Arum says Mayweather turned down $100 million to fight Pacquiao … and says he knows exactly why

Dec 7, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines poses with his WBO welterweight belt following his fight against Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Reuters

In Greek mythology Sisyphus was a king who was forced by the gods to roll a boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever. Today we have a similar scenario in which boxing fans are forced to watch endless fights between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.

On Saturday we’ll have, what, fight No. 4 between them? I think Batman and The Joker have met fewer times. Anyway it’s all a big distraction from what the boxing public really wants … topless ring girls. No wait, that’s not it. A fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is what I meant to say.

In his never-ending quest to run interference for his guy and put the blame for the non-event squarely in Mayweather’s camp, promoter Bob Arum has revealed that Mayweather had a $100,000 million offer, and a 55-45 split, to fight Pacquiao, and turned it down. We have no way of knowing if this is actually true. But Arum makes it sound legit, and even gives a compelling reason why Mayweather will never take the fight.

Arum was on ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas recently to discuss, life, Pacquiao, Mayweather and everything. This comes to us via Sports Radio Interviews.

“We had an offer, a legitimate offer on the table for 180 million dollars and people due to fight and had a big upside of 180 for the two fight camps. That’s when he said 55-45 which would’ve given Mayweather 100 million. (Pacquiao) would’ve ended up with 80 million and that’s still a lot of money right? But Mayweather will not fight him.”

Arum says he knows why, and it’s a reason that hasn’t really gotten a lot of play in media.

“Now why am I saying that? I’m not saying it to be, I know the guy and I know what his problem is, Mayweather, because we had him for 10-and-a-half years and his problem was he hated, he never wanted to face a southpaw and a southpaw that can move and punch with his left hand makes Mayweather completely vulnerable. All you have to do was watch him in the (DeMarcus) Corley fight where he didn’t realize Corley was one when he made the fight. Corley shook him up and had him in trouble.

“Why? Because Mayweather is a sensational defensive fighter but that’s against an orthodox guy. If he goes against a southpaw he opens himself up. You saw that happen in the Cotto fight because Cotto is a right handed fighter but he’s really a southpaw that’s converted and Cotto hurt him because he doesn’t have a good defense to the left hand.”

It’s my contention that the Pacquiao-Mayweather concept is way past its prime, and an actual fight between the two at this point would be somewhat of a letdown. I would have loved to see this fight three years ago, but now they’d both need to enter the ring on mobility scooters. I still wouldn’t mind seeing it happen though, if only to watch the pre-fight media explosion.

  1. bucketman9 - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    I would be willing to take a beating from a righty or lefty for 100 million

    • michiganhockey11 - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      Show me the dotted line. I’ll gladly get my ass kicked for $100 million.

      ~You couldn’t even give me 1 lousy round Moe!~

  2. skids003 - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Maynever doesn’t want his butt kicked, that’s the bottom line.

    As far as the ring girls, Rick, you may be correct, it would probably draw a lot of fans. They might turn of the TV once the fight started, but it would get them on there at first.

    • kinggw - Dec 7, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      Why would Mayweather be scared of getting his butt kicked by Pacquiao? There is nothing to suggest that Mayweather should be scared of Manny. Floyd has a better overall record, is much faster than Pacquiao and save for Bradley has faced a more impressive group of fighters. As for the fight with Chop Chop Corley that Arum referenced, he must not have given Floyd too many problems because he won in a unanimous decision.

      The bottom line is that Mayweather is abrasive and can be a jerk. For that reason many people can’t stand him and hope that Manny would beat him should they ever fight.

      • Clayton Bigsby - Dec 8, 2012 at 12:31 AM

        Maynever has been duckin for years. Floyd has a better record because he’s cherry picked his entire career. Waited for De la Hoya, Mosley, cotto, etc.

        More impressive fighters? Before Diego corrales he was fighting bums.

        Like Hagler said “get in there already” Michael Irvin “stop runnin you makin us brothers look bad”