Mayweather (42-0, 26 knockouts), whose negotiations with Pacquiao have twice failed over the issue of drug testing, has called upon Arum to begin talks with Mayweather’s advisor, Al Haymon, and his promoter, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer — albeit yet again from his Twitter account.
Arum told RingTV.com on Tuesday that Mayweather still is among the five choices for Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), including WBA junior middleweight beltholders Miguel Cotto, RING lightweight champ Juan Manuel Marquez, WBO junior welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley and IBF/WBA junior welterweight titleholder Lamont Peterson.
“Floyd Mayweather is the Plan A. And one of those other four guys is the Plan B. Our first priority is to see if a Mayweather fight can be made,” said Arum. “If that fight can be made, then everything will fall into place. If that can’t be made, then everything else will still fall into place.”
Mayweather has targeted May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for his next bout, but Arum and Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz, have all but dismissed that date for Mayweather-Pacquiao, citing their camp’s desire to have built a 40,000-seat, temporary outdoor venue on the Las Vegas strip in late May or early-June to maximize revenue.
“I’ve always said that we could get an outdoor stadium up by the end of May,” said Arum, noting that Mayweather is slated to begin a 90-day jail sentence staring on June 1.
“We’re talking with the builders tomorrow [Wednesday.] Obviously, if this thing plays out any longer, then that won’t be an option anymore.”
MORE TWEETS FROM MAYWEATHER
Mayweather also tweeted: “January 16th was Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday January 17th is Muhammad Ali Birthday and May 5th is Pacquiao a– whooping day.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA CHIMES IN
Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, followed up on Mayweather.
“Mayweather told bob to contact Richard Schaffer [sic] to make the fight!! Let’s do this,” later adding, “Way to step up to the plate Mayweather. Let’s do it Bob. Now call Richard Schaefer, his phone on.”
MAYWEATHER DONATING TO BREAST CANCER
Mayweather is scheduled to appear in Las Vegas on Wednesday to donate $100,000 to the Susan G. Komen foundation fighting breast cancer, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Photo by Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
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