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Bob Arum: No Pacquiao-Mayweather talks yet

HBO Sports president Ken Hershman told a group

HBO Sports president Ken Hershman told a group of boxing writers during his introductory news conference at HBO's Manhattan office that the back-and-forth between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather has become an obstacle to making other bouts. Credit: Getty Images

For the moment, promoter Bob Arum insists he is focused entirely on the Yuri Foreman-Miguel Cotto bout coming up June 5 at Yankee Stadium. Manny Pacquiao's desire to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. is on the back burner for at least another week or so.

"I'm an old guy, and I can't multi-task like I used to do," the 78-year-old Arum joked on Tuesday.

But the sad fact is that, when it comes to making Pacquiao-Mayweather happen, no talks are underway, according to Arum. "Deafening silence from the other side," he said.

Asked if he has approached Richard Schaefer and Golden Boy Promotions, who promote Mayweather, Arum shrugged. "They've been approached," Arum said. "But deafening silence. I don't want to talk about it. We have heard nothing. Zero. Zero."

Arum already has announced that Nov. 13 has been reserved for Pacquiao's next fight. If Mayweather is going to be the opponent, Arum said, negotiations probably would have to be completed in June. Pacquiao will be busy in July with his new duties as a congressman in the Philippines. He expects to use September and October to train for his next bout.

In the meantime, Pacquiao is expected to visit New York soon for a Friar's Club roast honoring Arum, and then, he will head to Washington, D.C. to meet with Senate majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada, a friend of Arum's, to be shown around Congress. After that, Pacquiao is taking his family to Mexico on vacation.

If talks with the Mayweather camp ever get added to the agenda, expect the blood testing demanded by Mayweather as a condition for their proposed bout to once again prove a difficult stumbling block. Arum continues to denounce them in off-color language as being too costly, pegging the price at $20,000 to $40,000 per fight. More precisely, he asked why blood testing only would be performed for certain fights and not for all fights.

Referring to the tests done for Mayweather's bout with Shane Mosley, Arum said, "Can you believe after going through all of this ----, they didn't do a blood test within 18 days [of the Mayweather-Mosley bout]? I mean, what kind of ---- is that? Why? Because of what we said. If you do a blood test when you're getting down to [fight time], you can prick a vein, in which case, a guy can't train for three days."

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