It may seem that the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight could not get any hotter than it is today but octogenarian Bob Arum takes the long view.
If the random blood testing issue is a dealbreaker in conversations between the parties today, then the March 13 date at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is kaput for the long awaited matchup.
Arum thinks that may not be a terrible outcome and it isn’t because he doesn’t feel his main Man-ny can hand the undefeated Mayweather his first professional ring defeat now.
In Arum’s view, the simmering broth that is Mayweather-Pacquiao can easily be reheated while both of them have interim bouts.
“Maybe Manny won’t calm down after all this character assassination done by Golden Boy,” Arum said.
“Then I guess the solution is to move on and push the big fight into the fall.”
Arum said perhaps the most wicked Pacman on drugs came from Oscar in his Ring magazine website blog in which he compared Manny’s punches to that of Shane Mosley in their Vegas rematch and to that of Fernando Vargas.
The implication being the punches of drugged up cheaters all feel alike.
Mosley has admitted using BALCO provided steroids (unwittingly, he testified in federal court) while Vargas was caught through a urine test in Nevada.
“We shall see what Manny decides late (Tuesday) night,” Arum said. “All this (random) blood testing talk has been so stupid, it’s a lot of hooey.”