Pacquiao could bypass November bout for Mayweather
Nick Giongcohttp://www.worldboxingnews.net/2012/08/ ... t-for.html
Having ran out of marquee names to fight, Manny Pacquiao looks willing to forego a fight in November to avoid any complications and risks as long as a mouth-watering matchup with Floyd Mayweather can be made in the first quarter of 2013.
Pacquiao has already met with Top Rank big boss Bob Arum in General Santos City but the Hall of Fame promoter is keeping his cards close to his chest, assuring that everything is right on track for Pacquiiao’s comeback bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Arum said he has discussed the pros and cons with Pacquiao for a planned Nov. 10 ring return against one of these guys: Tim Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Miguel Cotto.
But nothing concrete has been reached by Pacquiao and Arum, fuelling suspicions that the Filipino star is amenable to remain inactive for the rest of the year provided that he will meet Mayweather next.
Pacquiao was upset by the little-known Bradley on a shocking 12-round split decision last June 9 and while he is entitled to a direct rematch, he is not too keen on exercising it owing to the poor pay-per-view sales.
The Pacquiao-Bradley fight generated just 700,000 buys, numbers that pale in comparison with Pacquiao’s performance the last two years that hit more than 1 million subscriptions.
Pacquiao’s third duel with Marquez late last year earned more than 1.4 million buys. Before that, Pacquiao posted sensational numbers against Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto.
The chances of injuring himself during a fight in November that would require months to heal, or even sustaining a deep cut that would necessitate weeks to nurse back to health, could jeopardize or delay his preparation for a Mayweather superfight.
Just before he was released from a Las Vegas prison, Mayweather teamed up with rapper-millionaire 50 Cent in putting up TMT Promotions.
Yesterday, when he appeared with 50 Cent during a movie premiere, Mayweather spoke these words: “I think Pacquiao’s an unbelievable fighter, and hopefully we can make the fight happen in the future.”
Now, you read between the lines.