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Floyd Mayweather Understands He Is the Powerful Force in Boxing, Not Bob Arum

imgresFor all his flashing of money and inappropriate comments and avoidance of fighting the one boxer the public would like to see him take on—Manny Pacquiao—say this for Floyd Mayweather: He understands he has the power.

Nothing happens unless he wants it to happen. Promoters cannot induce him with money—he’s looted up like no one in the sport’s history. The boxing alphabet soup of jurisdictions can’t threaten him with taking his belts—they don’t mean anything when the people know who the true champion is.

And Pacquiao cannot “agree” to the terms of a fight that Mayweather does not approve, because it’s not a fight without Mayweather. And the champion wants to make a deal, but only if Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum is out of it.

Mayweather has the power to call that shot.

“I’ve been saying this for a long time,” Mayweather said, speaking for the first time on an Internet hip-hop show called The Whoolywood Shuffle since Pacquiao announced he had agreed to Mayweather’s terms for a fight this year. “He has no say because he fights for Top Rank Promotions. He’s not in a position to call the shots right now. He’s not the A-side.

“I have Mayweather Promotions, it’s my company. He has a boss; it’s called Top Rank Promotions, not Pacquiao Promotions.”

Mayweather said he “absolutely” wants to make the fight…but with one stipulation. “We’re trying but it’s been extremely difficult. I don’t want to point the finger at Pacquiao, it’s not him, it’s his promoter.”

This goes back a ways. Until 2006, Arum promoted Mayweather’s fights. The boxer gave Arum $750,000 to get free of the contract and then, in 2008, filed a lawsuit that claimed Arum shortchanged him on his cut of the purse from two major fights.

Arum said he was withholding the payments until Mayweather paid Top Rank money he owed it.

Mayweather also alleged that Arum had deliberately held back his career, and refused to finalize a deal for Mayweather to fight Oscar De La Hoya — another former Arum client who had a bitter split with the promoter — in 2007. Mayweather and De La Hoya fought in one of the top-grossing fights ever, after Arum was out of the way.

Mayweather wants him to go away again, and that’s not such a bad idea. The fight game goes on without a long-time promoter. It does not meaningfully move on without Mayweather.

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25 thoughts on “Floyd Mayweather Understands He Is the Powerful Force in Boxing, Not Bob Arum

  1. Dan Pearson says:

    I totally agree! Arums been in his pocket before and he will not allow him do get in his pocket ever again. It's like being a slave getting your freedom then going back to work for master….

  2. Floyed will sign the contract if Pacquiao agrees he will dive the canvas. Floydie wants to buy off Pacman for that. He's done it with Mosley, Alvarez, Marquez.. He wants Arum away so he can buy off Pacman. This writer is hypocrite like Floydie.

  3. Rhoda,,, is that only a rumors you heared? give me a link to show as a proof or its just like rumors that yur idol pakyaw toke a dive with marquez plus his knock out bonus……imagine his prize doubled as your idol bet in marquez plus a knockout bonus….

  4. Limwill Donasco says:

    After this fight let see if he still the power force in boxing, it only looks he is in power but not controlling the boxing cause everyone trying to put him to fight the pacman that he keeps dodging for year.

  5. James Galedo Buncalan says:

    The boxing fans and the public have the power. They can bankcrupt floydie if NO ONE buys his PPV. All the good things will never last forever. Karma is always around the corner and it hasn't gotten to him yet. I will never watch his next fight unless it's Pacman.

  6. か あこら , how the hell this coward floydie bring himself like a king… this was not done by any boxing legend like, ali, tyson, sugar ray robinson, julio cesar chavez sr. etc… they both give the fans the fight they want, they fought evrybody… mayweather, a hypocrite… taunting his money where he hit & run.

  7. Esmael Jalil says:

    mayweather is an illiterate asshole who can not even read, that is why he thinks highly of himself. He is really scared of Paquiao that's why he hides behind this self made illusion that he is the face of boxing where in fact he is not. He is a boring fighter and the only reason people pay his fights is to see him lose.

  8. floyd really scared to fight pacman coz this fight has no script this is real fight, not like other fight like against ortiz , he took the sucker punch of mayweather to let mayweather win the fight, but I think that fight was scripted, not real fight , floyd just paid victor ortiz to accept another lost on his career, boxing is all about money.Floyd wants Arum to step aside coz he wants this fight to be scripted and pacman can take 40 /60 for floyd but I think, it will never happen.

  9. Kristoffer Vincent General says:

    Floyd should have just included in his demands that Arum step aside when he asked for a random blood test. Why make demands in installment basis? It is a clear indication that Floyd is coming up with an excuse after another excuse. Lol.
    Say this for Floyd. He understands Manny Pacquiao has the power to take away that 0.

    Just look at all their common opponents except for jmm. Give some of mayweather's opponent a few more fights. Then again, styles make fights. Until thia fight is made, I will take all articles written with a grain of salthttp://www.techrepublic.com/blog/google-in-the-enterprise/use-google-forms-to-create-a-survey.

    The bottomline here is that Mayweather cam make more money in one fight than he had in his previous 2 or 3 fights but he is just reluctant being in a situation where the possibility of losibg is just too big.

  10. Kristoffer Vincent General says:

    Kristoffer Vincent General
    Floyd should have just included in his demands that Arum step aside when he asked for a random blood test. Why make demands in installment basis? It is a clear indication that Floyd is coming up with an excuse after another excuse. Lol.
    Say this for Floyd. He understands Manny Pacquiao has the power to take away that 0.

    Just look at all their common opponents except for jmm. Give some of mayweather's opponent a few more fights and they'll figute him out. Then again, styles make fightKristoffer Vincent General
    Floyd should have just included in his demands that Arum step aside when he asked for a random blood test. Why make demands in installment basis? It is a clear indication that Floyd is coming up with an excuse after another excuse. Lol.
    Say this for Floyd. He understands Manny Pacquiao has the power to take away that 0.

    Just look at all their common opponents except for jmm. Give some of mayweather's opponent a few more fights. Then again, styles make fights. Until thia fight is made, I will take all articles written with a grain of salthttp://www.techrepublic.com/blog/google-in-the-enterprise/use-google-forms-to-create-a-survey.

    The bottomline here is that Mayweather cam make more money in one fight than he had in his previous 2 or 3 fights but he is just reluctant being in a situation where the possibility of losibg is just too big. Until thia fight is made, I will take all articles written with a grain of salt.

    The bottomline here is that Mayweather cam make more money in one fight than he had in his previous 2 or 3 fights but he is just reluctant being in a situation where the possibility of losKristoffer Vincent General
    Floyd should have just included in his demands that Arum step aside when he asked for a random blood test. Why make demands in installment basis? It is a clear indication that Floyd is coming up with an excuse after another excuse. Lol.
    Say this for Floyd. He understands Manny Pacquiao has the power to take away that 0.

    Just look at all their common opponents except for jmm. Give some of mayweather's opponent a few more fights and they'll figure him out. Then again, styles make fights and Floyd is not the type of boxer who accepts a challenge. Until this fight is made, I will take all articles written with a grain of salt.

    The bottomline here is that Mayweather cam make more money in one fight than he had in his previous 2 or 3 fights but he is just reluctant being in a situation where the possibility of losing is just too big.ibg is just too big.

  11. We have to remember that Floyd is the "A" side of this fight between Pacquiao. So the writer is right Floyd is a powerful force the main and ultimate reason for this is because Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the "A" side. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the "AFRAID" side that is why Floyd Mayweather Jr. strongly opposed (in the guise of wanting) the fight because Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the "A" or "AFRAID".

  12. Floyd is on top of the world…….Roberto laroga…remember the pakyaw morales 3 wherein morales ask a favorto to fight pakyaw @ 132 lbs since morales was fighting @ 135 against raheem? did they give in to morales demand? since at that time pakyaw was the a side and plus,,,,,, Freddie roach knows that morales will be skeleton at 130 pounds and they include a penalty of 1mil for extra lbs for both boxers……did they give morales a favor?

  13. No..no..if mayweather pointing arum Obstacle?gayweather also have al gaymon?he is promoter and advisor.its about fighters who willing to fights.paquaio never tell to him step down ur advisor promoter and lets fights.!Gayweather is totally gay when paquiao name heared.!Arum is his nightmare promoter coz arum is the one who exposed hes cowardice. (Margarito fight) The highest paid offer!

  14. its not a freedom of anything it's plain cowardice and you should know mayweather is a man wearing skirt….he said that he will accept to be called a rich coward….haven't you read or hear of his acceptance? that he is a coward with the land of the brave….

  15. Image Arch says:

    I do understand the guy has no balls towards PACMAN.

  16. Noel Basit says:

    The Paying Customer Is.

  17. Jevie Jebong de Guzman says:

    All Floyd's demands are already met except Arum to be out of the picture and Floyd knows that Manny is in contract with Arum. Basically the writer means Floyd does not want the fight… I hope fans will not be fooled by this egomaniac Floyd.. He is toying with everyone and even Les Monvees will not be happy about this.. Arum wanted the fight..Oscar wanted the fight.. HBO wanted the fight.. Showtime wanted the fight.. We will see what is the next move of the forces who wanted the fight to happen..If the fight won't happen, I can see Espinoza being fired here just like what happened to former HBO's Ross Greenburg. That is why Floyd transferred to Showtime..and Espinoza is in trouble this time..Arum could be right that Floyd is afraid to loss his "0" just like what the late Bert Sugar said.. and most experts also believe that is the case..Floyd's marketablility and self proclaimed greatness or calling himself TBE revolves around his "0" while he keep fooling his fans..He is afraid to loss his "0" and not Arum.. Arum is only a setup as an alibi..Poor fooled boxing fans..being fooled by Floyd..

  18. Where does his pay come from?
    1. Las Vegas is silent / dead / empty when Floyd fights.
    2. Nobody is interested with his endorsements.
    3. Have not heard any official PPV#s, so if he says 900,000 PPVs, that should be around 300 – 600,000, w/c means deficit.

  19. Noel Nunez says:

    Floyd Mayweather or TMT should issue an official statement saying the fight with Manny Pacquaio wont happen on May 2…

  20. Virgilio Santiago says:

    Millions of boxing fans will call the shot, hundreds if not thousand sport journalist will pressure Money Mayweather to fight the best… If fans will buy Mayweather, that will be the truth… Even if he did not fight the best boxer to fight him, there was a big clamor to fight Pacman that is the best fight we could ever make..or should be result of not making the best fight could ever make.

  21. Floyd does not understand what not fighting Pacquiao is doing to his legacy money asidenot about that and he doesn't get it

  22. Greco Espinas says:

    Floyd is afraid of Pac! That's the bottom line! How long do you have to defend this coward? This boring boxer doesn't even care about his own fans!

  23. In Floyd's make believe world, he has control. In the real world, he does not. Haymon was forced to negotiate with Moonves and Arum because he knew that both Floyd and him will lose their shirts if they renege on the remaining 2 contracts with CBS. Haymon negotiated w/o Floyd because he owns Floyd. Without his dark hands, Floyd would have been defeated a long time ago. Floyd is making a mockery of himself by persisting to act like a child. At the end of the day, he is not in control, either in the ring or court. Floyd's world is imploding.

  24. If a Beggar does not want to fight Pacquiao because he is afraid he get beaten up. Does that make a Beggar powerful?

  25. Floyd is concerned only of himself. He does not care about the fans. He is Money. That is what he only cares about. I must say Eat all the feeds that will help your ego grow, Chicken Floyd. Let us see where History will put you.

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