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Mayweather-Pacquiao Latest (Groan) - Floyd Tells The L.A Times It Won’t Happen, Roach Says “There’s Nowhere Else For Them To Go”

By James Slater: Even though he is, by his own admission, currently working his ass off for a fight that will happen in less than a month, unbeaten superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior is still being peppered with questions about a fight that has an average at best chance of happening.

Mayweather, as we know, faces the formidable challenge of Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto on May 5th (actually, it will be Floyd who does the challenging, for Miguel’s 154-plound title), and this fight has attracted quite some buzz amongst boxing people. But still, despite the soap opera having dragged on for far, far, far too long already, media types continue to ask Mayweather Junior about the possibility of him facing fellow superstar Manny Pacquiao.

The latest news on this tiresome subject is this: Lance Pugmire of The L.A Times was told by “Money” that “No, I don’t think it’s going to happen. It’s because of Bob Arum. It’s not my fault.”

Doubtless many fans will agree with Floyd when it comes to who is holding up/preventing the potential classic. Arum has been singled out as the bad guy a number of times before and some writers, Dan Rafael for one, feel Arum is the biggest problem when it comes to the two Pound-for-Pounders being able to meet and settle their differences in the ring.

However, some people - such as Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach and Mayweather trainer and uncle Roger Mayweather - remain somewhat optimistic.

“There’s nowhere else for them to go,” Roach said of Team-Mayweather.

While Uncle Roger, his usual boastful self, had this to say on the subject of making the mega-fight:

“Why wouldn’t you? There ain’t no way that guy [Pac-Man] lasts five rounds against my nephew.”

Fans have been debating whether or not Mayweather or Pacquiao would emerge triumphant if they fought for so long now we’ve all lost track (and a great deal of interest in the fight come to that), but there is still talk of a possible November date.

But talking abut the non too shabby title fight that will go down on May 5th, Roger Mayweather had some interesting things to say:

“This is the best I’ve seen him since the Diego Corrales fight,” he said. “He hasn’t been laid off at all, he’s come back tighter, sharper.”

Indeed, as far as Mayweather Junior is concerned, he has been more than active. After all, it’s been “only” eight months since the 35-year-old with the 42-0 record last boxed. When we remember how sharp Floyd looked in the fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, after having had three months short of two full years out at the time, it goes without saying how much sharper “Money” will be against Cotto. That could equate bad news for the Puerto Rican legend.

Meanwhile, new star Canelo Alvarez reiterated his desire to fight Mayweather, saying that “I want Mayweather and will do my best in this fight (against Mosley) to prove I’m worthy.”

Article posted on 12.04.2012



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