On Friday, Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum announced that Manny Pacquiao had agreed to Floyd’s demands of random drug testing. However, Arum stated that they will not agree to the USADA performing the tests as Arum feels they are not credible enough. By Friday evening, CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe stated that Team Pacquiao is misrepresenting the facts and pointed out the inconsistencies with whether or not Pacquiao has really agreed to random drug testing up until the day of the fight. Ellerbe made the following comments, according to Fighthype.com:
“He [Bob Arum] is on record with saying they agreed to everything, correct? So how is it that the adviser, who is supposedly the closest person to Manny and who is talking directly to Manny, comes on record and tells you that they didn’t agree to everything? None of that makes any sense. It just goes to show you that everything they were saying before about all the terms being agreed to is a whole bunch of crap.”
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Ellerbe has a point here. The comments from Michael Koncz and Bob Arum seem to contradict each other. However, this isn’t the first time that the two men had differing comments. There’s a history of Koncz speaking “out of turn” and being publicly admonished by Arum. Last year, Arum blasted Koncz for comments about possible Floyd Jr. fight negotiations that Arum didn’t agree with.
Regardless of who’s to blame for these recent comments, these two members of Team Pacquiao make Manny look bad as they sully his reputation with inconsistent comments. Manny comes off looking like he’s “flip flopping” or being “wishy washy”. That’s the one thing I agree with when it comes to Floyd Mayweather Jr. he is his own boss and calls all of the shots. Unfortunately, Manny is too nice and gives Arum or Koncz way too much power.
Until I see that a contract has been signed, it’s hard to trust anyone involved in these negotiations. Let’s face it, Mayweather and Bob Arum aren’t the most reliable individuals when it comes to telling the truth. For more on Ellerbe’s comments to Fighthype.com, click here.
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