Arum, Koncz hit back at Mayweather

Posted at 05/07/12 4:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank chief executive officer Bob Arum and Michael Koncz both slammed unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., saying that it is Mayweather who is unwilling to fight Filipino ring icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.

Mayweather extended his undefeated streak to 43 fights after a hard-fought decision victory over Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto last Saturday in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila).

Fight fans are hoping that Mayweather will face Pacquiao next, but the unbeaten boxer dashed those hopes in the post-fight press conference, saying that Arum was getting in the way of the mega-fight.

In an interview with Ronnie Nathanielsz of Boxing Scene, both Arum and Koncz said it was Mayweather who doesn't want to fight Pacquiao. 

"He is never going to fight us. It's never going to happen," Koncz, Pacquiao's adviser, told Nathanielsz.

"We know Manny can beat him, and Floyd knows that too. Why do you think he wants a 60-40 split?" Koncz added.

Arum, for his part, said that Mayweather was "totally crazy" for suggesting that he was preventing a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight from happening.

"The kid is deranged," he said.

Arum added that Mayweather looked "very, very vulnerable against Cotto," who constantly pressured and forced the unbeaten boxer against the ropes.

"It was a good fight and I had Cotto winning five rounds to four after nine rounds, and then Cotto faded down the stretch, and that Mayweather won the fight," Arum said.

The Top Rank boss added that while Mayweather was able to block Cotto's right hand, he was having trouble with the Puerto Rican's left.

"You see how Cotto was hitting him with that left hand almost at will. If he's fighting a southpaw who has a punch like Pacquiao, he'll suffer. He doesn't want to fight Pacquiao," Arum said.

In an interview with Larry Merchant right after his victory, Mayweather once again repeated his demands for Pacquiao to "take the test," referring to the random blood and urine tests that have been a requirement for all of Mayweather’s opponents.

Pacquiao has said last year that he has already agreed to Mayweather's demands regarding the random testing, something the unbeaten boxer has refused to acknowledge.

"That's a stupid thing, because Manny personally told him on the phone he agreed to the blood test," Koncz said.

"Of course we know that Pacquiao is willing to take the blood test, and that it’s always been 50-50 (in the split). He will not fight Pacquiao because there is one thing about Floyd: he knows boxing and if you solve one problem, there'll be another," Arum added.

Pacquiao is set to defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight belt against unbeaten boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. on June 9 in Las Vegas, and Koncz said the Filipino champion was focused on preparing for his title defense.

"I don't care what Mayweather does. We have a fight coming up on June 9, and that’s the fight we are going to concentrate on," he said.

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