Roach, Arum not giving up on mega-fight
MANILA, Philippines – Hall of Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach and Top Rank boss Bob Arum have not lost hope that a mega-fight between pound-for-pound kings Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will eventually take place.
Pacquiao will take on his greatest rival, Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez, for a fourth time on December 8 in Las Vegas, but both Roach and Arum readily talked about a potential Mayweather fight in an interview with Boxing Scene.
“The Mayweather fight is always the priority, but we’ve been disappointed so often,” Arum told Luis Sandoval. “Obviously, we’re looking.”
“Pacquiao wants to fight again by the end of April, and we’re looking at other opponents,” he added.
Arum’s Top Rank Promotions is currently locked in a feud with Golden Boy, Mayweather’s promotional company of choice. The on-going cold war has contributed to the breakdown of negotiations between the two camps.
Meanwhile, Roach insisted that Mayweather is “obviously” their target for next year. “That would be the super fight,” said the multi-awarded trainer.
“It’s the one we want, but he’s running the other way right now,” Roach said. “So if he’s not there, guys like (former lightweight champion) Brandon Rios, they’re up-and-comers.”
“They’re in our way and (can make for) really exciting fights. It could be next, you know, but obviously if we get Mayweather in the ring, we’d love to have it,” he added.
Pacquiao has repeatedly said that he is willing to fight Mayweather and has agreed to the unbeaten American’s demands regarding drug testing. The Filipino fight king is even willing to accept a lesser share of the revenue split.
Mayweather has been silent about his boxing future since being released from jail last August, however. He last fought in May 2005, defeating Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto via unanimous decision.