In another develpment, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who has handled Mayweather’s most recent fights, revealed to RingTV.com that he is close to reaching a deal for Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) to fight on the target date that could be announced as early as next week.
Schaefer and Arum have twice failed to make a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in the past over the issue of drug testing, and Schaefer does not believe that Arum is serious about making the matchup.
“Once it became apparent that Bob Arum is not interested in a Mayweather fight — and he can say whatever he wants to say — but I do hope that fight fans and the media are starting to realize that he never had any intentions to get that fight done. There are many reasons why,” said Schaefer .
“First, Manny wasn’t available in May, and he was going to fight in June. Then when it was apparent that Mayweather was going to fight in may, suddenly, Pacquiao’s going to fight in May. And now, he knows that Mayweather’s going to fight in May, and, suddenly, Pacquiao is not available in May. It’s so clear that we they don’t want the fight that we’ll move on.”
According to Schaefer, the candidates other than Pacquiao appear to have been narrowed down to RING No. 2-rated lightweight Robert Guerrero, a five-belt winner over the course of three divisions, and RING No. 2-ranked junior middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, holder of his division’s WBC crown.
“It’s very clear that one of the names which we get a lot of requests and questions about is Saul Canelo Alvarez. So we’ll have to have to see, but Canelo would love that fight. I know Robert Guerrero would love that fight as well. We are going to be working in the next few days to finalize his opponent, so, I think that you’re going to get some news next week,” said Schaefer.
“My hope is that in the next few days that we have everything lined up, because we have put tremendous effort and work into it already from a marketing and from a venue and from a negotiating point of view with the potential opponents. So we are pretty much ready to go, and will try to get everything firmed up next week.”
Mayweather, who turns 35 in February, had been scheduled to turn himself in on Friday to begin serving the 90-day sentence imposed on Dec. 21. Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa said she weighed Mayweather’s contractual obligations to a fight set for May at MGM Grand in Las Vegas against an as-yet unnamed opponent.
Mayweather’s lawyer Richard Wright had pleaded with the judge to allow Mayweather to fulfill commitments regarding the fight, emphasizing the economic benefit to Las Vegas when Mayweather fights.