Pacquiao vs Mayweather in 2015, says Bob Arum
Macau — Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum believes the ball is on Floyd Mayweather’s court and he is very optimistic that a megabuck matchup with Manny Pacquiao can finally take place sometime in the spring of 2015.
Arum said rival TV networks HBO and Showtime are dying to make the fight and “they can find a way to promote and satisfy both sides from a legal basis,” Arum told the Bulletin on Monday afternoon after presiding over the kickoff leg of the Pacquiao versus Chris Algieri promotional tour.
“With Showtime wanting the fight and HBO wanting it and Manny and Top Rank wanting the fight, there is one little step to take and that’s to see where Floyd stand and we’re optimistic that this time, Floyd will bite the bullet and do the fight on equitable terms,” said the 82-year-old Top Rank chief.
Arum had initially thought that making such a fight is impossible but he has received information lately that has convinced him otherwise.
“I think it’s going to happen and I am very optimistic (of it taking place),” said Arum, noting that Las Vegas is the obvious frontrunner and that Arlington, Texas, where the massive Cowboys Stadium is located, are the suitable venue.
Pacquiao also thinks Mayweather doesn’t have a choice but to give in to the pressure that will be applied by Showtime.
“He doesn’t have a choice but to accept,” said Pacquiao as he was preparing to board a private plane for Shanghai, the next stop of a six-city promotional tour aimed at drumbeating the Algieri showdown.