Manny Pacquiao apparently had such brutal cuts in November that he can't fight Floyd Mayweather on May 5. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather Jr was supposed to report today for a 90 (well 87) day jail sentence in a Las Vegas detention center. Instead, he has until June, as a judge has granted his legal team's requested of a five-month delay on serving the sentence, which will allow Mayweather to keep his May 5 fight date on HBO pay-per-view.
And guess what? Bob Arum says Manny Pacquiao won't fight Floyd on May 5.
"I don't think it has any impact," Arum said, upon learning of the ruling. "No impact at all. Manny isn't going to be ready to fight until summertime."
This one is from Jake Donovan at BoxingScene.com:
Preliminary discussions had the record-breaking Filipino southpaw rumored to fight on June 7, with a quartet of options that didn’t include Mayweather on the premise of his beginning a 90-day prison sentence on Friday.
... "Right now, we have no idea if he can go in May," Arum explained. "He’s supposed to have his cut examined. I’m going over to speak with him regarding his future, and we can go from there."
Mayweather will begin his sentence on June 1. Pacquiao supposedly hasn't been medically cleared due to some cuts suffered on November 12 against Juan Manuel Marquez. (For the record, June 7 is a Thursday, so I'm guessing June 9 is actually more likely.)
I hate to say this and open up the entire boring discussion for the nine millionth time, but if you're someone who thinks there's a good and an evil in this whole scenario, and Mayweather is the evil preventing the fight from happening, well...
It's kind of hard to think that Bob Arum wants this fight to happen. "Maybe later, maybe later, maybe later." He's said the fight could happen in November, or five months after Pacquiao is expected to be in the ring next. But that leaves plenty of time to find excuses again.
And I'm not saying Mayweather is the good witch, either. But we're at a point where you get this great big opening, with Floyd's sentence delayed, and now Manny won't be ready until a few days after Floyd has to report to jail?
It's always something, isn't it? And obviously you can play the card of, "Oh, come on, this is BOXING! and these things happen! Cuts are tough! You don't even know because you are not a boxer, you jerk!" And fine, great, I'm a jerk, but I'm having some difficulty here. How about you?