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Plenty of blame in Pacquiao-Mayweather saga, but one side isn't even trying




By Kevin Iole -   Yahoo Sports

Is there still hope for a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight? Is it still something fans want?

Bob Arum celebrated his 83rd birthday on Monday, spending much of his day as he has over the last five years: Talking about a potential Manny Pacquiao fight against Floyd Mayweather.

Arum spoke less on Monday than he often does, which may be a positive sign for those who haven't given up and still long to see the two superstar welterweights in the same ring together.

Because he's an easy target, Arum frequently gets ripped for his role in the fight having not been made. And let's be honest: Anyone who said Arum hasn't had at least some role in the fight not being made is deluding himself.
That said, Arum is not nor has he ever been the biggest obstacle toward getting the fight made.

Arum didn't handle the talks smoothly when they were in the early stages in December 2009. When Mayweather made his demand for random drug testing, Arum scoffed at it and said that Pacquiao was afraid of needles.

That made it look like Pacquiao had something to hide. He's never fully escaped that dark cloud even though he's subsequently said he'd submit to any type of drug test Mayweather requested and he's repeatedly passed a series of tests.

Mayweather wound up with a very persuasive talking point in his favor after Arum bungled the whole drug test affair.

For all his faults and many errors in his bid to get the fight made, give Arum this: He's trying and he's holding himself accountable to the media and the public. That's a lot more than anyone on the Mayweather side is doing, has done or, frankly, likely ever will do.

Think of how Arum would be excoriated were he to adopt the stance that Mayweather adviser Al Haymon has and simply refuse to talk to the media about anything. It wouldn't be pretty.

But Haymon has gotten a pass from much of the boxing public and from the media for his very large role in the failure to get this fight made because he's simply remained out of touch and unwilling to speak to the media.

The same is true of Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe. I've known Ellerbe since he joined Mayweather in the late 1990s and he's always been an agreeable, nice guy.

But when it comes to getting information on Mayweather and his career, Ellerbe is no better than Haymon. He simply says nothing.

It's not much different when it comes to Mayweather himself. He speaks on the topic occasionally, but more often, he resorts to juvenile jokes at Pacquiao's expense...

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Danko's Photo Danko 10 Dec 2014

Floyd is scared
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gdgills's Photo gdgills 10 Dec 2014

So according to KI saying "we want the fight" in the media is trying?  Bob himself said you dont negotiate through the media. And is "trying" after he said in the same article that Bob scoffed at the drug testing and blamed it on needles lol.
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TRAFFIC's Photo TRAFFIC 10 Dec 2014

now the media is putting it on Floyd an Al to make the fight...when before they would say it was pac and bob holding It up..Floyd fans are not going to like this lol :D
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View PostTRAFFIC, on 10 December 2014 - 05:37 PM, said:

now the media is putting it on Floyd an Al to make the fight...when before they would say it was pac and bob holding It up..Floyd fans are not going to like this lol :D
It's baffling, Al wins manager of the year awards from the BWAA when he has never once conducted an interview with any of them.  The media should be more critical.
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TRAFFIC's Photo TRAFFIC 10 Dec 2014

yes true the media should be more critical..
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ATLien's Photo ATLien 10 Dec 2014

No real need to say shyt to the media regarding any negotiations until the a deal is actually done.  Plenty of yapping has gone on for years and it has amounted to absolutely nothing.  I don't demand to be privy to the goings on with the negotiations of the fight.  I just demand the shyt get done one way or another.
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johnnyblaze's Photo johnnyblaze 10 Dec 2014

View PostTRAFFIC, on 10 December 2014 - 05:43 PM, said:

yes true the media should be more critical..
Instead they give him awards for doing who knows what.
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simba's Photo simba 10 Dec 2014

View Postjohnnyblaze, on 10 December 2014 - 05:46 PM, said:

Instead they give him awards for doing who knows what.
He signs up fighters by the dozen.
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TRAFFIC's Photo TRAFFIC 10 Dec 2014

true but that's boxing writers for you quick to all way's jump on the bandwagon just like how a lot of them were in dick schaefers corner when he was always bad mouthing bob saying it was bob holding up big fights when along it was Schaefer not wanting to work with top rank and the media was on dicks side..
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simba's Photo simba 10 Dec 2014

View PostTRAFFIC, on 10 December 2014 - 06:38 PM, said:

true but that's boxing writers for you quick to all way's jump on the bandwagon just like how a lot of them were in dick schaefers corner when he was always bad mouthing bob saying it was bob holding up big fights when along it was Schaefer not wanting to work with top rank and the media was on dicks side..
Whose dick?
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TRAFFIC's Photo TRAFFIC 10 Dec 2014

lol Richard Schaefer cause he's a dick haha :lol:
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simba's Photo simba 10 Dec 2014

View PostTRAFFIC, on 10 December 2014 - 06:46 PM, said:

lol Richard Schaefer cause he's a dick haha :lol:
Hahahhaaaaa   :lol:
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TRAFFIC's Photo TRAFFIC 10 Dec 2014

really bro I never thought Schaefer was good for boxing you can just tell how he carried him self just a dick...I guess that's why he will make a good fit over at mayweather promotions..
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simba's Photo simba 11 Dec 2014

View PostTRAFFIC, on 10 December 2014 - 07:16 PM, said:

really bro I never thought Schaefer was good for boxing you can just tell how he carried him self just a dick...I guess that's why he will make a good fit over at mayweather promotions..
Agreed
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