By James Slater – Legendary promoter Bob Arum has been around the sport of boxing long enough for his latest statement – one that insists Pound-for-Pound number-one or number-two (depending on your opinion) Floyd Mayweather Junior has NO CHIN – to be taken with a large pinch of salt. The 80-year-old has seen them all in his time: from Ali to Leonard, from Foreman to Hearns, and he knows a talented, durable, reliably-chinned fighter when he sees one..
Yet in a recent interview with ESPN.com, Arum lashed out with this dig at “Money” – a truly exceptional fighter who has never lost in 42 pro fights and who has never been knocked down with a legitimate head shot. Despite Mayweather’s exemplary record, however, Arum had the following things to say about the one-time “Pretty Boy’s” ability to take a punch:
“That fight will never, ever happen,” Arum said with regard to a Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown. “What Mayweather hates is Manny’s right hand. Mayweather has no chin and Manny will knock him out. Pacquiao and Mayweather is a three or four-round fight. Period.
“Mayweather understands boxing and he knows he can not compete with Manny. It’s the right hand of Manny that is preventing this fight from happening. If Manny agreed just to jab with the right hand the fight would be made in 30 seconds.”
Words from Arum that are sure to inspire a ton of debate. But, as Arum and a lot of people now believe, we will never get the chance to see whether or not the Top Rank boss’s predicted scenario will unfold; because the fight will not happen. Freddie Roach, trainer of Pac-Man, recently said he feels the fight will happen eventually (not only that, but he can see three fights going down!), but Arum clearly believes otherwise. And Arum claims he is sure why Mayweather wants no part of the southpaw dynamo from The Philippines.
But is Arum saying what he’s saying in a last-ditch effort at getting Mayweather to bite, and to accept the fight? Floyd is sure to read what Arum has said, and the very idea put forward that he would not last more than four-rounds with Pac-Man is sure to offend him deeply. Arum knows all the tricks: will this possible bit of goading sufficiently jar “Money’s” pride and force him to sign the contract?
We can hope so.