When the proposed fight of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. got stalled everyone blamed Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter and Top rank’s top honcho. He was the boy that called wolf and Golden Boy’s Oscar Delahoya, Richard Schaefer and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe all ganged up on Arum.
There was no negotiation that took place it was all in Bob’s great plan pitting Manny with his other co promoted boxer Miguel Cotto or Antonio Margarito. The animosity with Mayweather isn’t a secret and Arum is open about that and Ellerbe issued a statement in July 19 three days after Arum set a deadline for Floyd to sign the contract “Al Haymon, Richard Schaefer and myself speak to each other on a regular basis and the truth is no negotiations have ever taken place nor was there ever a deal agreed upon by Team Mayweather or Floyd Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao on November 13. Either Ross Greenburg or Bob Arum is not telling the truth, but history tells us who is lying.”
Bob Arum claims he was telling the truth but nobody believes him. His credibility is in question it was like putting everyone in the basket on one grand scheme it wasn’t about Mayweather after all.
Arum had to find a middle man in negotiating with Floyd and HBO’s president Ross Greenburg rightfully fits the bill. Arum was consistent about the negotiations but he was hesitant to give the media details because of the gag order both parties agreed. Here are the facts: negotiations started on May 2 and on June 2 Floyd on a make-a-wish event in Las Vegas stated he will be taking a couple of years off in boxing. In June 11 The Golden Boy Oscar Delahoya in a televised Spanish interview was translated as saying “I think right now we are very, very close in finalizing the contracts. I can’t talk right now in detail about the negotiations but I will say that we are very close.” On July 16 Arum set a deadline for Floyd to sign the contract.
Those dates made Arum’s claim to be consistent and bottom line is negotiations really took place and Floyd is trying to protect his unblemished record.
Ross Greenburg GBP’s closest ally issued a statement “Fights like Mayweather vs. Pacquiao are significant because of these fighters’ ability to connect with sports fans around the world. It’s unfortunate that it won’t happen in 2010. I had been negotiating with a representative from each side since May 2nd, carefully trying to put the fight together. Hopefully, someday this fight will happen. Sports fans deserve it.”
Now the truth has already been known and no one can debate when it comes to real facts. So question would be who is crying wolf now?