By Bert Eljera
It’s not Manny Pacquiao that Floyd Mayweather wants to fight, it’s Erik Morales, says Bob Arum, the boxing promoter.
Speaking to reporters in Los Angeles recently, Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, said that the Mayweather camp is floating the Pacquiao fight on May 5 simply to get the MGM Grand for a fight with a Mexican boxer.
He said Mayweather is after a “little fellow.”
“Do you know the ‘little fellow’ that they approached?” the Top Rank chief said in front of reporters Saturday afternoon.
The teaser titillated boxing circles that thought Pacquiao-Mayweather had finally been penciled next year.
“It’s Erik Morales,” Arum said. “Erik will confirm it. He’s been approached to make the fight and he’ll take it for the money, But I don’t know who’s going to buy it.”
Mayweather continues to bring up drug testing to deflect a matchup against the reigning pound-for-pound king, despite the fact that the Pacquiao camp has already said it is amenable to that part of the undefeated American’s demands.
“He has no intention of fighting Manny,” Arum said. “He was on television last night and they asked him, ‘Why don’t you fight Pacquiao?’ And he says, ‘Take the test, take the test.’
“What the f*** is he talking about?” Arum lashed out. “Everybody knows that’s not an issue anymore. He will not fight Manny. Who cares? There are better guys out there for Manny to fight.”
Arum accused the Mayweather camp of resorting to “b*llsh*t” to get MGM Grand to agree to reserving May 5 for the fight by floating the “biggest possible bout” angle. But the Pacquiao promoter said it wasn’t a worrisome development.
May 5 is generally a sought-after date if a Latino fighter is involved in the main card, which would be the case if Arum’s Mayweather-Morales revelation is true. But it would not hurt Top Rank because Pacquiao is not being lined up “to fight a Spanish guy.”
“They want May 5 because they’re fighting Morales,” Arum explained.
Arum, however, said they’re not looking ahead at Pacquiao’s next opponent just yet.