Manny Pacquiao's promoter said Monday that the Filipino superstar prefers a fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez to a super-fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"That fight [Mayweather] can still be there for us in November ," Bob Arum told The Times.
That position brought a strong reaction from rival promoter and former fighter Oscar De La Hoya, who helps promote Mayweather and said the 42-0 welterweight champion has already reserved May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for boxing's dream fight.
"I say to Manny, fighter to fighter, 'Step it up, tell Arum what you want,' " De La Hoya said. "You're the fighter. You're a congressman. You call the shots here and decide who you're going to fight."
De La Hoya said he's confident Mayweather wants the mega-bout. De La Hoya said he has spoken to Mayweather's advisor and manager, Al Haymon, and received further assurance.