'Pacman-Floyd fight not yet possible even with GBP's apology'
Arum sees future Pacquiao vs Ortiz bout
MANILA, Philippines – Boxing promoter Bob Arum doesn't see a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight happening yet, even as the Filipino champion settled his defamation suit against Golden Boy Promotions (GBP).
Arum, Top Rank Inc.'s chief executive officer, stressed that the settlement only involves GBP. He said Mayweather remains out of the equation.
"I don't see where it has anything to do with Floyd Mayweather because he's still a defendant in the litigation," he told Boxingscene.com.
The defamation suit was filed in relation to insinuations made by GBP and Mayweather's camp that Pacquiao used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
Pacquiao, however, decided to settle his case against GBP after its president, Oscar dela Hoya, and its chief executive officer, Richard Schaefer issued a public apology to the pound-for-pound king.
"(We) wish to make it crystal clear that we never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), and further state that we do not have any evidence whatsoever of such use," GBP said in a statement.
Pacquiao's case against Mayweather still stands.
"Nobody knows anymore who is even involved with Floyd Mayweather," said Arum.
Paving the way for Pacquiao vs Ortiz?
Arum, however, said that the settlement of the defamation case could pave the way for a possible fight between Pacquiao and World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight title holder, Victor Ortiz.
He said that Ortiz, who fights under GBP, could challenge Pacquiao for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title.
"Looking at Manny Pacquiao, Golden Boy has at least one fighter who, down the road, could factor into a fight with Manny Pacquiao, and that's Victor Ortiz. The statement of settlement frees that up and enables that to happen, with all other things being equal," said Arum.