They were introduced on a Thursday conference call as “good friends” by publicist Fred Sternburg, and if you didn't know the rich history of Bob Arum and Don King, who sparred over the last four decades with the skill and savagery of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, you'd easily believe it.

They chuckled over incidents that thirty or so years ago left each gasping in fury. But they also stayed grounded in reality, the business at hand, which is their co-promotion on March 12, pitting Arum's guy, Miguel Cotto, against the King's man, Ricardo Mayorga.

And they discussed even larger fish to fry: King said that Floyd Mayweather, a promotional free agent, was with him, and he hinted that a deal to get Mayweather-Pacquiao done could happen at any time. Arum said he and King would iron out Pacquiao-Mayweather in an hour, and contrasted that vision with his experience in dealing with Golden Boy as they tried to lock down the scrap. “Mayweather would do well to go with Don,” Arum said. “It would be one of the greatest if not the greatest promotion ever.”

King told me that Mayweather is in Miami, “in the vicinity.” So we can all hope that the old dogs, their teeth ground down with age, their blood not so likely to go from cool to boiling–at least not with each other–can get on the same page, and make the fight we all want to see happen.

Check back for a full look at the call, and then a complete look at the co-promotional history between the men, which dates back to October 1975, and the Thrilla in Manilla.

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-brownsugar :

Mayweathers not talking one word of boxing until after his trials and after the Paq/Mosley fight has been properly diagnosed. the thing is,.. no matter what Mosley can dredge up for the past... Paq is still young and fit enough to go into overdrive... by the time the Mosley fight comes around Paq will be in "Hyper Condition"... Shane will need a time machine to last 10 rounds. (keep resetting the back button). All the hyperbole, inuendo, family gossip and staged manuvouring reveals nothing about Floyds true plans... seems like he just enjoys keeping the world in suspense for as long as he can.. but nothing lasts forever... he is one of my faves... and one of the best boxing has ever seen,.. but everything has it's limits.

-brownsugar :

here's some unrelated Floyd jr news that probably means nothing to boxing fans... ....Floyd has just broke the one million follower mark on Twitter... seems that he's gathering 5000 followers every 2 weeks.... and 50cent bought him a $300,000 Benz for his birthday while another friend bought him a 1.5 million $ watch... not that this prospers the hungry fans who want to see him back in the ring... but somewhat interesting nonetheless.

-Fe'Roz :

Haapy Birthday....and a small piece of unsolicited advice... Floyd. Make sure your people registerr your new car and plates with the security team in your gated Community. It'll help avoid any late night confusion when you get home.

-DreamaHelmutht :

Good post! Just the kind of info i need. Thanks.

-Isaiah :

Everybody all around the world, let's all do the chicken dance at the same time in honor of ALL sports together number 1 COWARD and DISGRACE, KenDUCKy Fraud Mayrunner Chicken!!!!! Cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck! MAN, if Don King and Bob Arum can't get it done, IT CAN'T BE DONE! RUN FLOYD, RUN! Sorry Floyd fans, but Floyd's not "feeling the urge" right now to fight Manny, but CHICKENSH#T Floyd sure feels the urge to run his mouth EVERYTIME Manny has something going on. It's called being jealous and it's an UGLY thing. Ugly Boy Floyd don't want none because if he did, that 0 would have to go!