THE difference is their respective managers.
Al Haymon now manages Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Bob Arum Manny Pacquiao.
This is a new development. It used to be that Mayweather Jr. is himself both the manager and boxer rolled into one.
But since 2006, Arum has been Pacquiao’s manager.
For the last five years or so, Arum has been finding it ludicrously hard to seal a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight simply because of Mayweather’s often crazy demands.
So exasperating were their numerous contract negotiations that Mayweather would soon back out from the boardroom because of antics that, in no time, got the goat of Arum.
Arum once said, “I will never deal with Mayweather again.”
However, in boxing, as in politics, nothing is impossible. And since politics and boxing are like first cousins, the art of the possible is ever-present in both.
It also helped that Mayweather has acquired the services of Haymon, who had paved the way for talks to ease on, sparked by a mutual decision to select MGM Grand in Las Vegas as the venue of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight this year.
As we all know, managers manage the boxing affairs of their boxers, specifically their fight concerns.
Without the manager’s approval, a boxer cannot just fight, and a boxer cannot simply decide solely on who he would face. He needs his manager’s approval at all times.
In short, a manager can either choose or reject a fighter for his ward but in contrast, a fighter, as a rule, cannot object to his manager’s final decision.
In the not-so-distant past, Mayweather the boxer was Mayweather’s manager, too.
That was an automatic minus for Mayweather, who had to deal with managers of his would-be foes.
That is why it is common knowledge that Mayweather had handpicked his opponents.
Because of this, he was continuously accused of selecting fighters that he could easily defeat—if not having boxers that are only too willing to lose.
This could be the main reason why Mayweather is unbeaten in 47 fights.
Thus, the reason is obvious why Mayweather has been dodging Pacquiao all this time?
Pacquiao is the only legitimate fighter that can destroy that “0” in Mayweather’s 47-0 mark?
Maybe. But with Mayweather having Haymon as manager, we can now expect that The Fight is going to happen—finally.