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Bob Arum furious with MGM over posters, says it’s Tecate-Corona issue

Bob-Arum-Floyd-Mayweather-Hitlers-publicistWatching Bob Arum handle his business is almost just like watching another episode of “Grumpier Old Men.”

The boxing promoter is 82 years old and always seems to be complaining about something. His latest issue leading up to the Saturday fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley concerned the signage and posters around the MGM Grand hotel.

The Pacquiao-Bradley fight is being held at the MGM, which is the same hotel where Floyd Mayweather Jr. always fights. Instead of having signs up promoting this big fight, there were a ton of signs up around the hotel promoting Mayweather’s May 3 fight with Marcos Maidana.

The MGM listened to the complaints and said they would address things. There was a lot more Pacquiao-Bradley signage after he whined:

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Bob Arum on Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight: It’s stupid if it doesn’t happen

Bob Arum Manny PacquiaoBob Arum is one of the biggest reasons why Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather never fought when the two were at the peak of their games and popularity, but the promoter’s tune has now changed regarding the superfight.

The 82-year-old Top Rank promoter is two weeks removed from Pac-Man’s win over Brandon Rios in Macau, and he wants his Filipino superstar to square off against the undefeated Mayweather. Arum conducted an interview with USA Today and was asked whether the elusive fight could happen.

“Yes, if people stop posturing. Absolutely. It can happen,” Arum told USA Today’s Bob Velin. “It’s stupid if it doesn’t happen. They owe it to the sport. What, is Mayweather going to fight Amir Khan? Who gives a (expletive)? We’ve announced we’re willing to make anything happen. Now somebody has got to contact us so we can sit down 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.”

One of the biggest reasons people have said the fight wouldn’t happen is because Mayweather despises Arum, who is Floyd’s former promoter.

“This idea that Floyd hates me or I hate Floyd is poppycock. Maybe the people around him are saying that. But Floyd and I, and certainly Todd (duBoef, Arum’s stepson and president of Top Rank) and Floyd, have always had a wonderful relationship. These so-called writers are saying, ‘Well, it can’t happen, because Floyd hates Bob Arum.’ Floyd doesn’t hate me, like I don’t hate him.”

In the interview, Arum somewhat admitted that Pacquiao has financial issues, but he attributed it Pac-Man’s generosity with charities. He also made it sound like Pacquiao continues to fight and will continue to fight in order to afford his lifestyle. The entire interview is well worth a read for boxing fans. Arum explains why he’s taking more of a global approach to boxing rather than focusing on the US, which he believes is a strong but stagnant boxing market.

But as I said before when we posted a story about Freddie Roach saying Pacquiao would beat Mayweather, it’s awfully convenient timing from Top Rank to suddenly express interest in the Mayweather fight. Arum came up with a million and one excuses to impede the superfight. I’m not saying Mayweather would have agreed to fight Pac-Man a few years ago, but you better believe Arum stood in the way. Whether it was drug testing, pay-per-view money, venues, or anything else, Arum always had a reason why the fight couldn’t happen. Now that he recognizes he and Pacquiao need the fight more than Floyd does, they want it. They want the money and hype that they can only get from fighting Floyd.

After Floyd fights Amir Khan and Manny destroys whomever next year, I really would like to see the two meet. It won’t have the same appeal it once did, but few fights would get fans more excited than Pacquiao-Mayweather.

Bob Arum hilariously drops f-bombs during interview (Video)

bob arumBob Arum is 81 years old and a crusty old man. Dude should be sitting on his millions in Palm Beach, Florida, just playing shuffleboard and beating the crowds to the early-bird special every night. But no, the old man is still grinding it out, raking in dough promoting his fighters while stunting the growth of the sport.

He was even asked by Nestor Gibbs recently about the possibility of having some of his Top Rank guys face Golden Boy Promotions fighters. He was so opposed to the idea, he hilariously dropped some unexpected f-bombs.

The first one comes at the :25 mark, and then another one flies when he talks about Lucas Matthysse a minute later:

So, to recap, Bob Arum is not interested in cross-promoting with Golden Boy even though it would make the sport of boxing better, and he says nobody knows who the f— Lucas Matthysse is. Awesomesauce.

Dana White blames ‘idiot’ Bob Arum for booking bad fight for Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao suffered a devastating loss to Juan Manuel Marquez two weekends ago, and Dana White thinks Bob Arum is to blame for making the match.

The UFC president says it was a bad decision by Arum, who promotes Pacquiao’s fights, to set the Filipino up for a fourth bout with Marquez. Pacquiao and Marquez fought to a draw in their first bout, and then Pac-Man won two controversial decisions after that. It was clear after the first 36 rounds they fought that Marquez had Pacquiao’s number.

“I’m the biggest Pacquiao fan ever, and I bet on Marquez,” White told the media on Saturday, via 5th Round. “Dumbest fight in history. Bob Arum’s a moron. You don’t take that fight, you idiot! Why would you do that fight? It’s all about the money, that’s why.

“That was a money fight, that’s what that fight was done for.”

White felt Arum should have set up a Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley rematch instead of a fourth Pacquiao-Marquez battle.

“[Pacquiao] should have fought [Timothy] Bradley. Bradley’s the fight they should have done. He would have knocked Bradley out, he would have got his belt back and now he’s back in the position he should have been in.

“[Pacquiao's] one of the best fighters in the world. He goes out and fights Marquez again? Bob Arum is the dumbest promoter in the history of the world.”

We’ve been ripping Arum for years for impeding a Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather superfight. His unwillingness to work with Golden Boy Promotions prevents the best fights from being arranged, which hurts the overall sport. However, there was very little public interest in a second fight against Bradley when almost everyone felt Pacquiao won the first fight. Marquez presented the most difficult matchup for Manny, so we’ll actually give Arum credit for arranging a legitimately dangerous fight.

Below you can see video of White’s comments:

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tests positive for weed; Bob Arum campaigns for legalization of marijuana

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. made headlines on Wednesday when it was revealed he tested positive for marijuana after losing his fight with Sergio Martinez, but it’s what his promoter said in response that stole the show.

Chavez Jr. could be facing discipline from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his second positive post-fight test in the state in the past three years. In November 2009, he tested positive for a diuretic used to lose weight before his fight against Troy Rowland. The second positive test could influence the Commission’s punishment, but it shouldn’t, according to Bob Arum.

The promoter took Chavez’s failed test as an opportunity to campaign for the legalization of marijuana. This is something straight out of “The Great White Hype,” no doubt.

“You certainly worry about the repercussions, but we have a great commission in Nevada that understands what the social issues are. As far as I’m concerned, marijuana should be legal and you can quote me on that,” Arum said, according to the LA Times’ Lance Pugmire.

“I’m making a moral judgment,” he said. “It’s legal in California … it has therapeutic effects. I’m not going to step back on this one: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with marijuana, and if I had a vote, I’d vote to legalize it. Let’s not be sanctimonious here.”

Now that sure is one way to spin your client’s misstep. Arum also tried to explain that Chavez Jr. used the weed to help him sleep because of insomnia. Yes, the man does have a legal background.

We’ve gotten on Arum’s case plenty of times in the past for stupid things he’s said and for blocking the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather dream fight, but we have to give it to him on this one. This sure is comedy. And he is right in one sense; I figure smoking weed would only hurt a boxer preparing for a fight, so Chavez Jr. already hurt himself.

How and why I think Bob Arum fixed the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight

Corruption has been a part of boxing as long as the sport has been around. Whether it was the mob telling one fighter to take a dive in the 5th, or a promoter paying off the judges to score the bout in favor of his boxer, the fix has been in for years. Last Saturday in Las Vegas, there is no doubt the fix was in.

There was not one person who saw the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight and thought Bradley won. Nobody is debating who won it. There isn’t some magical judging system in boxing that the common man doesn’t understand that resulted in two judges scoring the fight in favor of Bradley while nobody else even thought he was close. Pacquiao won the fight decisively, and even Bradley wasn’t convinced he’d won.

It seems clear the fight was fixed so that a decision would favor Bradley. Let’s go over how and why that happened by examining each character involved and their motivations.

Bob Arum, Top Rank: Arum has been involved with boxing since the ’60s and is one of the two biggest promoters in the sport (Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy is the other). He represents many of the top fighters, but his prized fighter is Manny Pacquiao.

Since Pacquiao became a megastar after beating Oscar De La Hoya in 2008 and Ricky Hatton in 2009, Bob Arum has handled the Filipino’s fight schedule carefully. And by carefully, we mean he arranged it so that it benefited him the most.

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Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight won’t start until after Game 7

The Heat beat the Celtics on Thursday night to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals, and that has created a packed sports schedule for Saturday.

The Celtics-Heat game is scheduled to start at 8:30pm ET, and it will be competing for viewers with Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Kings and Devils which starts at 8pm ET. There is also the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight scheduled for later in the evening, but it reportedly won’t start until after the NBA game ends.

According to George Willis of the New York Post, promoter Bob Arum says the fight won’t start until after Game 7 ends.

Big time boxing fights usually start somewhere between 11:00 and 11:30pm ET on Saturdays, but that can fluctuate depending on how quickly or slowly the undercard moves.

Bob Arum didn’t get to where he is by being stupid. Deceitful, yes. But stupid? No. He knows a good percentage of his audience will also be watching the Heat-Celtics game, so why infuriate them by making them choose, especially when his start time is flexible?

He’s wisely accommodating sports fans. Hey, it’s the least he can do considering he’s keeping us from seeing Pacquiao-Mayweather.

H/T Jose3030