Richard Schaefer hopes to help make a Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight happen in 2012. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer wants to do his part to make a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao happens, but believes the fight hinges on what Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum wants more than anything. From Lem Satterfield:
"I think that Floyd Mayweather has made it very clear that he wants the big fights, and that he wants the biggest possible opponent. By that, I think that everybody knows that he means that the biggest possible opponent means that you've got to start from the top, and that's obviously a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight," said Schaefer.
"But that's assuming that Bob Arum wants to get the fight done. We're not going to be talking about that this week. This week, of course, the focus is going to be on Pacquiao's next fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. But after that, there will be plenty of time to talk about that match up between Mayweather and Pacquiao."
Mayweather has already set a return date of May 5, 2012, with the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on hold for the fight. He also says, via Leonard Ellerbe, that he wants the fight to be against Manny Pacquiao, which for nearly three years now has been, in the minds of almost everyone, the fight in boxing. Negotiations have taken place, but have always broken down. Most now believe that there's no more chance the fight happens in May than ever before, and few seem to expect it actually will take place on that date.
Arum has already done his best to quiet the chatter around the fight once again, blasting Mayweather for trying to pick the date and venue without negotiating first.
By the way: NONE of this talk is hurting Pacquiao vs Marquez on Saturday. And believe me, everyone involved knows that, even if Arum offers disgust over Mayweather "stealing the thunder" from this fight by making his career announcement.