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July 26, 2010

By G. Leon

What now?

If you haven't figured this out by now, the the Al Haymon-Bob Arum mega-feud is the reason the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao mega-fightis not a done deal. It's a pissing contest ladies and gentleman and now we're all supposed to think it's raining. Bob Arum promotes Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, the ONLY three names mentioned during his ridiculous 3am conference call following the expiration of the "exclusivity" period to negotiate the Mayweather fight. Al Haymon represents Floyd Mayweather Jr, Paul Williams and Andre Berto. Arum's basically saying, I can move Pacquiao without Mayweather for quite some time. Can Haymon or Machiavelli, as the Bobfather often calls him, rival Arum's feat and officially become that which he controls, a boxing promoter?

AL HAYMON: Everybody in the business knows that Haymon already has far more juice with HBO and Showtime than every promotional outfit not named after De La Hoya.

Those really in the know, are aware of the controlling pressure tactics he implements on promoters from the coast to coast, most times without a signed contract between promoter and champisonship caliber fighters who are regularly featured on HBO.

Floyd Mayweather Jr is Al Haymon's top priority, though Haymon has cleverly used the Mayweather relationship to advance other clients of his such as Andre Berto and the late great Vernon Forrest. Berto and Forrest both fought for titles previously held by Mayweather on HBO against Mickey Rodriguez and Carlos Baldomir respectively.

Haymon has also carefully kept Paul Williams, a potential stylistic problem for Mayweather, at least one division above Floyd at all times. (Twice Arum enjoyed wasting the time of Haymon and Williams for Kelly Pavlik fights that didn't happen.)

Haymon was throughy involved in making the Mosley-Berto fight go away so the Mayweather-Mosley fight could take place.

The move was made so hastily that Haymon dismissed Berto and the leverage he held at that point in time.  Failing to secure Berto and his compensation, as the opponent for Mosley's next bout should he lose to Mayweather lead to HBO's Ross Greenburg coming on the record sounding quite disenchanted with every Berto fight that doesn't involve Mosley.

THE BOBFATHER: Arum didn't take long to show his hand. After they were unable to solidify the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in late 2009 and the first week of 2010, Arum quickly closed a deal for Pacquiao to fight Joshua Clottey.

Clottey was King Kong compared to Paul Malignaggi and Nate Campbell, two of the names under Mayweather consideration prior to the tragedy in Haiti that lead to Mosley becoming available to fight Mayweather.

Why wouldn't Arum want to keep all of his moves in house?

Forget about the site fee, the gate, the foreign sales and the sponsorship, the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight generated 700,000 buys or approximately $17.75M in NET PPV revenue.

Boxingtalk understands that Pacquiao and Clottey did not make a COMBINED $10M

WHAT NOW?: Top Rank will again eat heartily off of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight regardless of how many fans and writers it horrifies.

Haymon can keep Mayweather's move under his representation. Will he? That's the question.

Certainly boxing fans would welcome Mayweather Vs. Paul Williams or Andre Berto with open arms.

Unlike Pacquiao-Margarito, either of these fights would embraced by the boxing publc.

Haymon, who once outlawyered Arum out of his promotional rights to Floyd Mayweather, and rebounded with Mayweather-Mosley when things appeared dreary, can outdo the Bobfather once again.

Haymon has to do what Arum doubts he will, something he hasn't done before, make a fight featuring two guys he represents.

If either of Haymon's in house fights are not made, perhaps Team Mayweather is content to wait for the sure thing with Pacquiao. You see Mayweather hasn't fought somebody making their HBO PPV debut in quite some time and a figure lower than the 700,000 Pacquiao did with Clottey would be disastrous.

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