Arum Responds to White Over McGregor-Pacquiao
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum’s eyes likely lit up when he heard that Conor McGregor was not just interested in fighting Floyd Mayweather, but his fighter Manny Pacquiao as well. UFC President Dana White, however, said the fight will never happen – because he refuses to work with Arum.
After Pacquiao expressed interest in fighting McGregor, the UFC star brought the Filipino boxer up in a recent sit-down interview in Manchester.
"Maybe I’ll just fight Pacquiao instead," he said. "Why not do that?"
Last week when UFC President Dana White heard that Pacquiao wanted to box McGregor, he nixed the idea right away.
"Listen, I love Manny Pacquiao," White told Yahoo Sports. "But I don’t love Bob Arum. You can tell Bob Arum to save his money and not make any calls over here because we aren’t doing business with him."
Arum, having represented Pacquiao for years, likes the idea of a Pacquiao vs. McGregor fight so much that he is willing to step away from promoting it if White cannot reconcile their differences.
"I tell you, if the only impediment to Manny Pacquiao fighting Conor McGregor is because Dana doesn’t like me, then I won’t be around," Arum told Boxing Scene. "I would give Manny the right, the permission to fight Conor McGregor any time that the money was right for Manny."