• Arum says Manny, Floyd meeting beneficial to negotiation

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    Bob Arum AFP FILE PHOTO

    Bob Arum AFP FILE PHOTO

    TOP Rank Promotion boss Bob Arum said that the meeting of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Wednesday during the National Basketball Association game between the Miami Heat and the Milwaukee Bucks is beneficial to the negotiation on the megafight between the two boxers.

    “Manny [Pacquiao] and Mike [Koncz] told me that they accidentally met Mayweather in a basketball game. Mayweather also dropped by their hotel room. I have no idea about their discussions because I wasn’t there but I really felt enthusiastic about that,” Arum told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Thursday.

    “Manny and Mike told me that everything went smooth about their discussion. It’s very positive that’s why I’m very optimistic,” he added. “Manny has agreed to all the terms that Mayweather wanted and their meet up is a pretty good sign.”

    The 83-year old Arum, who has been promoting Pacquiao’s fights since 2006 said that he’s hoping for a contract to be signed before January ends.

    “I’m very hopeful it will finally happen and hopefully if everything keeps going well, we will formally seal the deal by the end of the week,” Arum said. “I think everything is positive about the negotiation. I’m an optimist. There are no other issues.”

    Arum, who is the former promoter of Mayweather until 2006, said that the disputes between Les Moonves of CBS’ Showtime and Richard Plepler of HBO Sports were already resolved and both parties really wanted the fight to happen.

    He also denied reports that he is the one that is preventing the mega bout from happening.

    “Nobody has worked harder than I have to make this fight becomes a reality. Anybody who’s involved knows it and they would tell you that,” he said.

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