Promoter: Mayweather to blame for Pacquiao fight deal delay

Friday January 23rd, 2015

Top Rank boxing promoter Bob Arum said that there is only one person to blame for the failure to get a fight deal completed between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao: Mayweather.

In an interview with the Denver Post this week, Arum, who represents Pacquiao, continued to hammer Mayweather about his silence on the fight, which has been discussed for the past couple of years.

"Everybody involved wants this fight, just like the fans," Arum said. "We've signed off on every point. We've agreed to everything. But push comes to shove, there's one guy to blame."

Mayweather has said there will be no fight unless Arum steps aside.

Pacquiao's camp says that he has agreed to terms for a possible May 2 fight and that it is waiting to hear back from Mayweather, who is the WBC and WBA welterweight champion.

“He doesn't want to fight southpaws," Arum said of Mayweather. "The worst possible opponent for him is Pacquiao. He's afraid to lose."

Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) last fought in September, earning a 12-round unanimous decision in his rematch with Marcos Maidana.

Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) won a unanimous-decision victory over Chris Algieri in November.

- Scooby Axson

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