The clock is ticking and Manny Pacquiao “can’t wait forever” to see Floyd Mayweather sign his name above the dotted line, according to promoter Bob Arum.
Arum told the Bulletin from his Las Vegas home yesterday that Pacquiao has agreed to everything to what Mayweather wanted and that he can no longer see any other reason why the brash US fighter won’t sign the contract.
“Manny’s made a lot of sacrifices to make this fight,” Arum said, noting that if Mayweather remains unconvinced, “nothing will be enough to persuade him to
Pacquiao has agreed to take the smaller share of the purse and give in to Mayweather’s every whims and caprices, said Arum.
“Nothing’s gonna happen if Floyd keeps on moving the goalpost.”
Mayweather’s people are now on the same page as Pacquiao’s team and the only guy who can make the fight happen is Mayweather himself, stressed Arum.
Arum even bragged that getting the two rival networks – Showtime (Mayweather) and HBO (Pacquiao) – is not going to be a deal-breaker as most people seem to believe.
While Mayweather continues to put everyone on suspense mode, Arum said he will sit down with Pacquiao on Thursday (Friday in the Philippines) when he flies to Hollywood from Sin City to “let him know where we are at.”
Pacquiao is in the US to promote his film and likewise serve as one of the judges during the Miss Universe pageant in Miami on Jan. 25. Before taking center stage at the beauty contest, Pacquiao will travel to London to meet Prince Harry.
Arum said they have to buckle down to work the soonest to lay the groundwork for a Plan B just in case negotiations for a Mayweather fight goes down the drain.
“If the Mayweather fight doesn’t happen, Manny’s fight will be in late-April or sometime in May (after the Mayweather fight on May 2 against a foe yet to be determined).”
“We’ve got to move on,” said the 83-year-old Arum.