Promoter: Bob Arum doesn’t want Manny-Pacquaio-Floyd Mayweather fight

Manny Pacquiao sits in his corner with trainer Freddie Roach, right, during his WBO welterweight title victory over Timothy Bradley on Saturday.
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Golden Boy Promotions Chief Executive Richard Schaefer, who said he returned from a spring-break vacation with his family Monday, said he doesn’t believe rival promoter Bob Arum truly wants to make a Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao bout for the fall.

Pacquiao won a unanimous-decision victory over Timothy Bradley on Saturday to capture the World Boxing Organization welterweight belt, and Pacquiao promoter Arum urged Mayweather’s camp to join him at the negotiating table after Mayweather’s likely May 3 victory over Marcos Maidana.

“He sure knows how to get something done: by telling people to boycott Floyd’s fight, calling it a terrible matchup,” Schaefer said. “Is that how you negotiate or create goodwill? It doesn’t make me want to say things that would leave hope for that fight, because I don’t believe he wants the fight. This is how you do things when you don’t want to get things done.


“So I’m not going to lead fans down that pipe dream.”

Schaefer said he’s not ready to discuss Pacquiao until Mayweather is done with Maidana, a world welterweight champion.

“It’s not a tuneup fight,” Schaefer said.

Meanwhile, Schaefer said that “90% of this stuff” about a strain in his relationship with Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya is false.

“I made [a Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez] fight on my vacation, I’m talking here about my exciting calendar with Bernard Hopkins fighting this weekend to become a champion at 49, I’ve got an April 26 card at StubHub Center and Mayweather.... I’m here in my office making more fights, and my keys still worked when I got to the office this morning,” Schaefer said.