Floyd Mayweather Jr. was permitted to put off his incarceration until June 1st due to a contractual obligation to a May 5 fight at the MGM Grand.
Mayweather’s advisor, Leonard Ellerbe said, “we are pleased that the judge granted postponement of his surrender date so he could fulfill his commitment to Las Vegas to deliver his promised megafight and the economic benefits it provides to the community.”
The fighter Mayweather will take on for May 5 will be discussed in the coming days, but the obvious opponent should be, without a doubt, Manny Pacquiao. The announcement of the chosen opponent will be released next week, and boxing fans around the world are hoping for the miracle that it will be Pacquiao; however, it most likely won’t. Big surprise.
If it were to happen, it would be the most lucrative fight ever , but it’s looking like the two best fighters in the world right now will never meet each other in a climatic clash (that would possibly put a dent in boxing). Arum seems to have his eyes set on yet another Marquez and Pacquiao fight, but do we really want to see them go at it again?
Both sides are to blame, but currently the fault lies on the shoulders of promoter Bob Arum and Top Rank, as Arum is avoiding, fearful that Pacquiao will lose.
Arum simply doesn’t want the match to happen, and it’s probably because of Pacquiao’s mediocre performance against Juan Manuel Marquez, a fantastic counter-puncher that gave Pacman three hard fights. So, if he loses to Mayweather, who is thought to be the best counter-puncher and defensive-minded fighter in the game, Arum’s cash cow will be diluted.
Arum was then asked if Mayweather will be a part of the conversation now that he’s open to fight on May 5, but Arum simply told ESPN, â€œAbsolutely not. Nope.”
“My mission is to go over to the Philippines and talk about these four guys,” Arum said. “If Manny feels he wants to go in May, he will tell me. I want to make sure Manny’s cuts are healed. We won’t fall under this kind of pressure. June is much more likely for Manny’s fight, not May.”
Yet again, there are plenty of excuses for this fight not to happen, and this whole thing has become one big, annoying tease.
“I don’t know if Manny is available to fight in May. I have no idea. I haven’t talked to him, I haven’t seen him. Seems to me, June is more likely based on what his plastic surgeon said,â€ Arum said.
“I don’t even know if Mayweather will be licensed before he serves his time,” Arum continued.
Mayweather’s jail-time was post-poned to June specifically so that Mayweather could fight on May 5 like he’s contracted to, so licensing probably won’t be too hard.
So who is Mayweather going to fight? Since May 5 is obviously Cinco de Mayo, he might just take on one of Mexico’s biggest fighting stars: Saul â€œCaneloâ€ Alvarez. In all honesty, Mayweather would probably dominate Alvarez, and that wouldn’t be the “biggest fight possible.”
Richard Schaefer had this to say on the whole ordeal: “I’m tired of all those people saying it is Mayweather who doesn’t want the fight. Arum knows who to call. He can pick up the phone and call me and say, ‘Let’s get a fight done with Pacquiao.’ The rest of it is bull—-. The rest can go drink the Arum and Top Rank Kool-Aid. It is Arum who doesn’t want the fight to happen, end of story.”
Arum is looking to match Pacquiao up with one of these four fighters: Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Lamont Peterson or Timothy Bradley Jr.
Once again, the Mayweather/Pacquiao mega-fight gets derailed.