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MANILA — Bob Arum remains confident that the mouth-watering Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather super fight will still happen — not in May — but in November 2012.

The Hall of Fame promoter told the Bulletin yesterday that Mayweather “is out of the picture” after being sentenced to 90 days in jail for domestic abuse but Arum believes everything points to them sharing the ring in Las Vegas before 2012 comes to a close.

With Mayweather sidelined for the first half of 2012, Arum will propose to Pacquiao to do a fight in April or May against a foe they will discuss very soon as the Filipino fighter is due to spend the New Year in the US with his family.

“It’s all up to Manny,” said Arum, noting that there is a possibility that the ring icon might decide to wait for Mayweather to come out of prison.

“But I’d like him to fight in the spring,” said the 80-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer from his Los Angeles home, hinting that Pacquiao has to stay active because a Mayweather fight is certain.

Arum said that Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico, Tim Bradley of the US and Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico now make up the short list.

“I will make a presentation to Manny then he makes the decision,” added Arum.

Pacquiao struggled against Marquez in their rubber match last November and is aching to return to the ring to make up for what ringsiders said was an off-day.

Arum had assured Marquez that he would bat for a fourth fight to find a definitive answer to the Pacquiao-Marquez rivalry.
Now that Mayweather is spending three months in jail and won’t have enough time to train, Marquez and Bradley are being seen as the frontrunners. (Manila Bulletin)