What comes after Pacquiao's big win a riddle

March 15, 2010|By Lance Pugmire | Tribune Newspapers

ARLINGTON, Texas — — What Manny Pacquiao most effectively accomplished in his punching-bag treatment of Joshua Clottey on Saturday night was to keep the intrigue of a future showdown with unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. as topic No. 1 in the boxing world.

But important people around that possible mega-event continue to send troubling signals that cast uncertainty about whether the bout will ever happen.

Mayweather isn't taking questions about Pacquiao, making that clear at a recent Los Angeles news conference in which his people even steered him away from Filipino reporters. Questions about why Mayweather's call to exceed Nevada State Athletic Commission drug-testing standards needed to be intensified for this fight went mostly unanswered beyond Mayweather's stance that he is the face of the sport and that boxing needs to be cleaned up.

Valid point, suspect timing.

Saturday, Pacquiao out-punched Clottey by better than a 3-1 advantage and won every round but one on two judges' scorecards to defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight title in front of 50,994 at Cowboys Stadium.

His promoter, Bob Arum, then turned to what's next for his boxer and told reporters he was still kicking himself for ever agreeing to make an alternate, Olympic-style drug-testing plan part of negotiations with Mayweather.

A compromise - even through mediation - was never reached, and the super-fight planned for Saturday was scrapped.

"The only way a fight can be made with Mayweather is if he signs the contract - terms are already agreed upon - and lets extraneous issues be handled by the boxing commission who has the authority to handle those issues," Arum said. "Stupid Bob Arum ... negotiated something I never should have."

Pacquiao made it clear in the ring and at the post-fight news conference that "I want to fight Floyd Mayweather. The people want to see that fight. It's up to him. For me, there's no problem, but I don't think he's ready to fight me."

Mayweather's next bout is May 1 against Shane Mosley.

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