Pacquiao-Martinez possible on one condition: Arum

Posted at 11/08/11 6:12 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Top Rank chief executive officer Bob Arum says a bout between pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is possible only if the latter agrees to a same-day weigh-in.

Martinez, ranked 3rd in The RING's pound-for-pound ratings, has said in previous interviews that he is willing to go down to as low as 150-pounds in order to pursue a fight with Pacquiao.

But Arum is not impressed with Martinez's offer to drop down in weight.

"Let me tell you the problem with Martinez. Martinez says 'I'll fight him at 150,' but that's bullsh**. That means he'll dehydrate until the afternoon of the weigh-in and come to the ring at 175, which he's done before," Arum told BoxingScene.

Arum says if Martinez is serious about wanting to fight Pacquiao, he should agree to weigh in on the day of the fight at 150-pounds, thus giving him no chance to rehydrate.

"Let's go to a commission, and not necessarily this (Las Vegas) commission... maybe New York, maybe Texas, wherever. And say, 'Both fighters want to do the fight and they want to go back to the old days and we'll weigh in on the day of the fight, at 150,'" Arum said.

"If he wants to do that, we can start talking," he added.

Arum has said that he will no longer book Pacquiao in fights against much bigger opponents, after the Filipino champion was hurt in his fight last year against Antonio Margarito, who was much bigger than him on fight night.

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