Bob Arum says Floyd Mayweather is avoiding Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather is a legendary prizefighter.

WBC world welterweight champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather defeated rugged Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision to gain the WBA world light-welterweight belt Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Following the bruising battle with the larger Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs), a four-time world titlist in three weight divisions, the brilliant Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) said he would never scrap WBO world welterweight king Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao with promoter Bob Arum in the mix.

The CEO of Top Rank responded to the remarks made by one of the greatest pugilists in the annals of the sport during an interview earlier this morning with

“[Mayweather] looked very, very vulnerable. It was a good fight and I had Cotto winning five rounds to four after nine rounds and then Cotto faded down the stretch and Mayweather won the fight, but not as widely as the scoring [suggested],” said Arum, a corruptible weasel who acknowledged during a 2000 federal trial that he bribed the International Boxing Federation (IBF) to attain a higher ranking for one of his fighters.

“[He] is great with that shoulder roll that just blocks the right hand but he can’t defend against the left hand. You see how Cotto was hitting him with that left hand almost at will, and if he’s fighting a southpaw who has a punch like Pacquiao, he’ll suffer. He doesn’t want to fight Pacquiao.”

Using a backhanded compliment, Arum claimed Mayweather is avoiding Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) because he realizes the Filipino would capitalize on the flaw.

“He will not fight Pacquiao because there is one thing about Floyd, he knows boxing and if you solve one problem there’ll be another.”

Pacquiao, the first boxer to win world crowns in eight different weight classes, will throw fists with WBO light welterweight titleholder “Desert Storm” Timothy Bradley on June 9 in “Sin City.”

Approximately a week before “Pac-Man” tussles with Bradley (28-0-0-1, 12 KOs), Mayweather will be incarcerated on June 1 for 87 days for beating his sweetheart and the mother of his children.

Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.

Perron is confident that the indomitable “Pretty Boy” would manhandle “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines.”

“Floyd is the best there is today,” said Perron, 75, who helped work with Marvelous Marvin Hagler in the 1980s. “He can’t be touched. If and when they fight, put your money on Floyd.”

Mayweather, who this weekend justifiably earned the biggest guaranteed purse in prizefighting history, $32 million, is simply a more versatile, and skilled, pugilist than Pacquiao and he likely would emerge victorious if the fantasy fistfight were ever to occur.

Sadly, Mayweather is absolutely obsessed with his unblemished mark and it is possible he “doesn’t want to fight Pacquiao.”

Therefore, like always, boxing fans can expect to be the primary losers.

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