Arum Wants No Part of Mayweather-Pacquiao II
While Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are both promotional free agents now, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum was Pacquiao’s promoter when the two legendary fighters met in the “Fight of the Century” in 2015.
In an Instagram video posted by Mayweather the morning of Sept. 15, the two seem to be on course for a rematch sometime in December. And this time, Arum “wants nothing to do with it.”
“Good luck to them,” Arum said. “I don’t want anything to do with it. I’ve got all these great, young fighters that I’m promoting, premium fighters that are really in their primes. And I don’t wanna get involved with two old men fighting for a payday because they think the public is gonna throw ’em millions of dollars. Well, maybe the public will. Good. Good luck to them. I don’t wanna be involved.”
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was the most profitable pay-per-event in boxing history, producing over $600 million in revenue and 4.6 million buys despite a $99.99 price tag. The fight itself, however, was widely panned due to a lot of inactivity on the part of both fighters.
A rematch seemed unlikely due to Mayweather’s second retirement in 2015 (minus a 2017 comeback for the “Money Fight” with Conor McGregor). But Arum, who also promoted Mayweather for the first decade of his career, says he’s not surprised.
Mayweather, as soon as he smells money, is there. If he can make money fighting you, he’d sign.
Original Story: Boxing Scene