Bob Arum: 'Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather needs to happen'

Top Rank's Bob Arum claims that Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao "owe it to boxing" to make their dream fight a reality.

Top Rank chief Bob Arum has said that Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Manny Pacquiao "owe it to boxing" to make their dream fight a reality.

The pair have long been reported to be in discussions to square off in what could be a potentially record-setting pay-per-view buyrate, and the promoter said that he is happy to sit down with Mayweather's team to discuss the options.

"It's stupid if the fight doesn't happen," BoxingScene.com quotes Arum as saying.

"They owe it to the sport. [The fight can be made] if people stop posturing, absolutely it can happen. We've announced that we're willing to make it happen.

"Now someone has got to sit down with us and explore how it can happen. Isn't that the way normal people deal? You can't wave a wand, I've said unequivocally we're ready to sit down and see if a deal can be reached."

The unbeaten Mayweather has also been linked with a clash with Amir Khan next year.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his unanimous decision victory against Robert Guerrero in their WBC welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013
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