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Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Arum Says Defamation Lawsuit Will Be Dropped If Floyd Wants the Fight

At least one of Floyd Mayweather Jr's legal cases could be dropped if he "really wants" to fight Manny Pacquiao, says Bob Arum. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
At least one of Floyd Mayweather Jr's legal cases could be dropped if he "really wants" to fight Manny Pacquiao, says Bob Arum. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Michael Marley tweeted this afternoon a very interesting tidbit from Las Vegas, as Bob Arum says the ongoing defamation lawsuit that Manny Pacquiao has against Floyd Mayweather Jr could be dropped if Mayweather has sincere interest in a fight with Pacquiao.

If Mayweather really wants Pacquiao bout, Arum says "we will drop the defamation lawsuit"

Now, look, whatever you think of this whole...ordeal, let's call it, that's a really big statement. The defamation lawsuit has been going on for a good while now, and formerly included Golden Boy Promotions' Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya, who were dropped from the suit after Oscar made a public apology for his statements earlier this year.

It's an oddly bold move from Arum, one that really kind of puts the ball squarely in Floyd's court. At the same time, it's not clear what "really wants" would entail -- how far would it have to go? Would a fight actually have to be signed? Is this one of those "Sons of Anarchy" deals where a potential rat and Agent Stahl can't trust one another to sign off on the big stuff?

It's really hard, near impossible, to tell exactly what this means. But it's a gesture either way, and a big one.

Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao is set to weigh-in this afternoon for his Saturday fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. Obviously Pacquiao's focus is squarely on that fight, but the Mayweather presence still looms large, clearly.

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