The bombastic CEO of Top Rank, Bob Arum, told ringtv.com this past Wednesday that he would like to negotiate with 50 Cent to make a battle between Manny Pacquiao and convicted domestic abuser “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), a longstanding WBC welterweight king, who overcame powerful Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision to acquire the WBA world light-welterweight belt on Cinco de Mayo, began serving 87 days behind bars on June 1 at the Clark County Detention Center for beating his former sweetheart while two of their children watched in September 2010.
The 35-year-old “Pretty Boy,” who has worked without a contract with Golden Boy Promotions on a fight-by-fight basis for all six of his bouts since 2007, is due to be released tomorrow for good behavior.
Many fans, onlookers and pundits predict Mayweather will choose the 36-year-old 50 Cent, born Curtis James Jackson III in South Jamaica, Queens, and the newly-formed TMT Promotions to serve as his future matchmaker.
"I would think that if [50 Cent] promoted Floyd, then it would make a match-up between Pacquiao and Mayweather that much easier,” said Arum, 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 pugilists. "You would have somebody that is a friend and a mentor that he can rely on and they would protect his interests in any kind of promotion, and I would be on the side of Pacquiao."
The 33-year-old Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), voted “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA, will throw fists with an opponent to be determined on November 10.
Provided Pacquiao, the first pugilist to win 10 world crowns in eight different weight classes, emerges victorious this autumn, the Filipino icon could scrap Mayweather in the spring of 2013.
“Pretty Boy,” listed by Forbes in June as the wealthiest athlete in the world for amassing $85 million for performing in two legal fistfights in 2011, has refused to share any pay-per-view cash “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines.”
Despite Mayweather’s disgusting greediness, Arum is obviously confident he could bargain with the erstwhile crack dealer and finally get the pound-for-pound icons to reach a compromise and clash.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron predicts that Mayweather, a 1996 bronze medalist who already owned a decent rap sheet from convictions on battery and assault in 2002 and 2005, would outclass Pacquiao in a match.
“Nobody will ever beat Floyd until he retires,” said Perron, 75, who worked in the 1980s with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “If Floyd and Manny ever get together, mortgage the house on Mayweather.”
Unfortunately, forever mistreated prizefighting supporters should put minimal credence in the words of the sketchy Bob Arum.