Monday, August 9, 2010

Don King: Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight could be done 'in a flash' with Bob Arum

The first round of negotiations between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiaofailed in January, and the second round may not have actually even existed. So what's it going to take for Mayweather-Pacquiao to happen? Legendary promoter Don King has a few ideas and Top Rank rival Bob Arum believes the two could come to terms "over a weekend." Golden Boy Promotions and CEO Richard Schaefer have represented Mayweather in talks with Arum and Top Rank over a possible Pacquiao fight. But Arum reportedly has grown tired of working with Golden Boy. "If King were ever involved, it would give a real impetus to make this fight happen," Arum told The Los Angeles Times' Lance Pugmire. "All those little details that have stopped us before, King doesn't give (a thing) about. All he cares about is the end result, making the most money possible." "King's the most persuasive guy I've ever met," Arum said. "With enough time, he'll get this kid (Mayweather) to come over. Don's no fool. He knows how to make a fight." King is expecting Mayweather to be his ringside guest in front of HBO cameras for Saturday's fight between Devon Alexander and Andriv Kotelink in St. Louis. The two also had dinner last week in Boca Raton, Fla. "Whatever Floyd wants, he gets," King told the L.A. Times, noting he doesn't have anything signed from Mayweather to negotiate on his behalf. "I'm just telling Floyd what he is, a bad sucker. "I'm just happy to be seeing (Mayweather), he came out last week (to Florida) because he said he wanted to talk, and I'm hoping we'll get it together," King said. "Me and Arum can do this fight with Pacquiao in a flash." Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) now is slated to face Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) at an undetermined site Nov. 13. Arum has said he's holding out hope Mayweather-Pacquiao can be made for 2011, potentially in May.


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