Manny Pacquiao is gearing up for Juan Manuel Marquez, but a potential Floyd Mayweather fight is still dominating most of the boxing chatter. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Bob Arum has calmed his nerves a little bit, it appears, as he now says he's willing to talk turkey when it comes to a potential May 5, 2012, fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr, as well as a Mexican mega-fight between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
From Lem Satterfield:
"You know, conversations are never bad. Conversations, that's what adults do," said Arum. "They discuss business and they don't do it through the media. They do it face to face."
... "Both guys, Manny and Chavez, have difficult fights coming up in the next couple of weeks, and if one or both are successful in winning those fights, then I would be very pleased to sit down and talk to Schaefer about those subjects," said Arum. "That's all very good, and I'm in favor of it, and that's all that I've got to say. I'm not going to comment any further."
Manny, of course, faces Juan Manuel Marquez this Saturday, while Chavez is up on November 19 against Peter Manfredo Jr on HBO. Alvarez, meanwhile, is on tap to headline himself on HBO, on November 26, facing Kermit Cintron. So in a few weeks, this could all sort itself out a bit better, but all are expected to win their fights.
As I said before, these are probably the two richest fights that can be hold on North American soil. Pacquiao vs Mayweather would likely shatter pay-per-view and revenue records, but Alvarez vs Chavez would also be an enormous ticket, particularly if the fight was held in Mexico. It's a pay-per-view in its own right, and one I expect would sell in strong numbers. Not Manny or Floyd-level numbers, of course, but I think they could do around 400,000 buys for that show. Both are very popular young fighters with huge value to the "target audience," which is the loyal Mexican-American fanbase.
Compared to some of his other statements this past week, it almost sounds like Arum has been talked down out of the bell tower.
And before anyone thinks this is particularly insulting to Marquez, remember that this same situation came up earlier this year, basically, when Pacquiao was preparing to fight Shane Mosley. Information leaked that they'd already been talking about fighting Marquez on November 12, before Manny and Shane were ever in the ring. So it's not particularly insulting, just normal insulting.