Pacquaio-Mayweather Bout No More, in Wake of Pacquiao-Marquez IV

The most recent news from ESPN shows that when Bob Arum was offered a fight with Mayweather, he rejected it.  Arum, of course, claims that this conversation or exchange never occurred, but he does confirm that, as he puts it, Top Rank is working on a fight with Marquez, “if we decide we want to do a rematch with Marquez, there is no reason to sit down with Mayweather. If we want to explore a Mayweather fight, we will sit down with them. But I’m not going to sit down with them just because it’s a good show.”  Reasonable enough, except that, as thrilling and as controversial and as revealing and as fun to watch as Pacquiao-Marquez III was, everybody still just wants to see Pacquiao-Mayweather.  We can wait for the fourth in a series of epic races to the pugilistic dementia finish line.  Arum having more interest in the Marquez rematch really does make it seem like he’s been the impediment all along.  Maybe Mayweather wasn’t really avoiding Pacquiao.  The most likely scenario might be that they have been, or are avoiding each other, possibly at different times and independently of one another.  I think all boxing fans hoped on some level that the third Marquez fight would somehow lead to the megafight.  If Mayweather is ready, why not Arum?  That’s not to say that Pacquiao has much say in these decisions, one way or the other.  He may not.  Pacquiao-Marquez III made Manny look very vulnerable, even more than in his earlier fights, from which he’s supposed to have improved dramatically.  My scorecard had Marquez winning in the end of this, if not one or two of the other fights.  Thus, the two questions circulating through the boxing world:

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  1. Arum’s been great for Pacquiao, and has put on some great matches, but for the most part he’s hurting the sport by not pursuing Mayweather. Pacquiao-Mayweather would be the biggest fight in recent history, but right now it looks like there’s a better chance of a Klitschko brother losing a match than this happening.


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