Michael Marley reports tonight at BoxingScene.com that Bob Arum has rejected an offer from Richard Schaefer for Juan Manuel Marquez to be Manny Pacquiao's April 16 opponent, and quite angrily at that.
"This proposal I got on Marquez ... is Schaefer just selling Marquez down the river. ... It's just not realistic and I don't think Schaefer really wants Juan to fight Pacquiao again. Schaefer knows, like everyone else does, that Manny will kick the s**t out of Marquez. They want to avoid Manny and, that way, Schaefer can put his guy in with (Robert) Guerrero or someone else. Schaefer knows that if he has him fight Manny now, that will be the end for Marquez."
The report says that the proposal would guarantee Marquez more than the Mexican star made in September 2009 against Floyd Mayweather Jr., when he made about $4 million plus a cut of the PPV. And if that is indeed the offer Golden Boy sent, I don't think there's any getting around the fact that Golden Boy and Marquez shot too high or might not want the fight as much as they say they do. There's no way they could have thought that was a reasonable figure.
Arum also had some words about Oscar de la Hoya, who earlier made the accusation that Pacquiao makes everyone "leave it on the scale" by forcing catchweights, which I thought was pretty dumb coming from Oscar:
"Look, anybody who listens to what Oscar says now has to be deranged. It’s very sad with Oscar but unless you program him on what to say, it always comes out wrong."
Bob may lie one day and tell the truth the next, but it's pretty hard to argue with this one.
The race at this point looks to be almost over. Marquez seems to be out, which would leave Shane Mosley and Andre Berto, and Arum clearly favors Mosley. Maybe Berto can happen later in 2011, but as far as April 16 goes, it looks like Sugar Shane will get one more shot at greatness.