With only one month in the books, 2012 has already proven to be an extremely busy year. I haven’t been able to keep up with all the “happenings” in the sporting world as much as I want to, and plus, it’s Super Bowl week. I was very shocked to find out that the entire boxing world will not be getting its only wish on May 5th: a mega fight between undefeated prize fighter Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao. Instead, we will get to see Floyd face the surging, even this late in his career, light middleweight champion Miguel Cotto. As a wrap my brain around this new bit of information, I have one resounding phrase replaying in my mind: BOB ARUM, GET OUT OF THE WAY.

So, first we don’t get the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. The reasoning behind that fight not happening has always been fishy, and filled with finger-pointing. After Pacquiao-Marquez 3, I think the general consensus was that Bob Arum was the only obstacle in the way of the super fight. One week he would be in an interview saying that there were “no further obstacles in the way of a mega fight”, and the next he would be casting serious doubt on the possibility. According to Arum, everything from the date, to the location, to the purse, was a problem. We soon started hearing stories of the actual boxers making direct contact with one another to try to cut him out of the process. Why would that be necessary if the promoter was doing business in the best interest of his fighter?

Fast forward to today. For years, Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum claimed that a fight between Floyd and Cotto never took place, because Floyd was ducking his fighter. According to Arum, he had attempted to make the fight several times, but “Floyd chose less dangerous opponents”. Just the opposite, Floyd’s feelings on the fight (or lack thereof) were that Arum would not give him a shot at Cotto, since Floyd was working under rival promotion. While only three people in this world (Mayweather, Cotto, and Arum) may know the true reasons why this fight didn’t happen years ago, we all have some pretty convincing evidence now. WHAT HAS CHANGED? Both fighters are older, and Floyd is actually the elder. So I don’t think age is a factor. Both fighters seem to still be in good form. Mayweather always looks to be in great shape, and now that Cotto has learned how to box and defend, instead of just brawl….he looks pretty strong. The ONLY thing that has changed is that Cotto’s contract with Top Rank has expired. In other words, Bob Arum no longer has any power over this fight. And isn’t it amazing how quickly things got accomplished once that small factor was taken out of the equation? I think Arum better change his self-serving ways before his main “cash cow” realizes the obstacle that he presents in negotiations. I just hope that when round 4 of the Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiations start up, they hire Mystikal to come in and perform a fitting rendition of his famous song “Move”.


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