Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told BoxNation on Thursday that a bout pitting Manny Pacquiao against Floyd Mayweather “can get done” in 2014.
Finances and drug testing protocols have long been roadblocks to cementing an absurdly lucrative scrap between the 36-year-old Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) and 34-year-old Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs).
“On our side the answer is yes [the fight can be made in 2014], we’re very open to it,” said Arum, 81, a corruptible weasel who acknowledged during a 2000 federal trial that he bribed the International Boxing Federation (IBF) to attain a higher ranking for one of his fighters.
“There are ways it can get done. They have to dumb down the rhetoric, and we are prepared to dumb down the rhetoric, to get it done. There is no real impediment to having that fight happen. Whether it will or not depends completely on the Mayweather side. I can see it happening. But, I can’t predict that it will happen because it takes two to tango.”
Pacquiao will face Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios Saturday night at the CotaiArena in Macau.
Reportedly manhandling sparring opponents, the 27-year-old Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) is a ferocious brawler looking to aggressively throw fists.
Unfortunately for the native Texan, Rios is also sloppy and substandard defensively.
With elite footwork and the uncanny ability to deliver punches from all angles, Pacquiao will absolutely feast on Rios’ chaotic style.
Accordingly, expect Pacquiao to knock an inferior Brandon Rios onto Queer Street within 11 rounds this weekend.
Meanwhile, as the reigning pound-for-pound king, Mayweather is tentatively slated to battle an unnamed opponent on May 3.
Considering “there is no real impediment,” for the sake of wrongly starved boxing fans, Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao must finally “get done.”
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