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Bob Arum compares Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Hitler’s publicist Joseph Goebbels

Once again, we are not going to get into detail about which side is holding up the fight the entire world has been begging to see. It could be Floyd Mayweather Jr. and it could be Manny Pacquiao. At the end of the day, we simply have to take a look at all the crap we’ve seen flying out of both corners and make an educated assessment. After Mayweather defeated Miguel Cotto on Saturday night, he said that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is the one holding the fight up. During a recent interview with ESPN 110 in Las Vegas, Arum said that is completely bogus and compared Floyd to one of Adolph Hitler’s associates.

“For two years Pacquiao has said that he will take any drug test, whoever administers it, so why is that still being talked about by Mayweather?” Arum said according to Sports Radio Interviews. “You see Mayweather is from the school of propaganda that Joseph Goebbels, who was (Adolf) Hitler’s publicist, adopted. The more you say things over and over again the more people believe them.”

Arum also said that Pacquiao’s side has proposed a number of scenarios in which the fighters would split the money evenly and Mayweather continues to turn them down. As for why, Arum had some similar thoughts to the ones we shared with you earlier from Pacquiao’s trainer.

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Is Bob Arum Trying to Promote Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. Solo?

As soon as Manny Pacquiao won his decision against Juan Manuel Marquez earlier this month, promoter Bob Arum began talking about a fourth fight between the men. One could call it a leverage play by Arum, who may have been upset that Floyd Mayweather Jr. was trying to control negotiations by booking the MGM on May 5th. Floyd called out Manny Pacquiao, making it seem like the perfect lead-in to the megafight. The only problem is Arum seemed to be reluctant to negotiate it.

That’s a serious problem because both Manny Pacquiao and his trainer, Freddie Roach, want Floyd Mayweather. The only person who seemed to not want the fight was Bob Arum. Even one of Manny’s coaches, Alex Ariza, said that. But does Arum not want Manny to fight Floyd, or is he just trying to control the promotion of the fight? Either case could be possible.

The New York Daily News reported Sunday that Pacquiao’s agent, Michael Koncz, stopped by Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas. Arum confirmed the meeting. Arum also says he’s been negotiating with investors regarding the potential mega-fight.

So what is Arum’s motivation — assuming that he genuinely is trying to arrange this fight? He probably wants to promote the bout solo to keep Golden Boy Promotions, which has been contracted to promote Floyd’s last few fights, out of the picture.

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Boxing Promoter Bob Arum Ripped in UFC on FOX Promo Video

Two years ago, boxing promoter Bob Arum ripped MMA during an interview with Ariel Helwani.

“MMA is garbage. It is not a sport that shows great talent,” Arum said. “Guys rolling around like homosexuals on the ground. UFC are a bunch of skinhead white guys, watching people in the ring, who also look like skinhead white guys. I would think that the majority of people in my generation would feel the same.”

The UFC remembered that disparaging interview and decided to make it the focus of a video promoting their first ever network television appearance:

The UFC makes its network TV debut on FOX Saturday with Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos headlining the event. More people will watch that MMA card than have watched any boxing card in the last several years. But that shouldn’t be a surprise — our Danny Lee wrote about that topic in May. Arum really should be worrying about what he’s going to do once Manny Pacquiao retires. Boxing will be in bad shape when it loses him and Floyd Mayweather Jr. How many other superstars do they have?

Fist pound to Bloody Elbow, via LBS contributor Alan

Arum: Floyd Mayweather’s Legal Issues Could Prevent Manny Pacquiao Fight

It’s not just Floyd Mayweather Jr. who appears to be avoiding a potential super fight with Manny Pacquiao — promoter Bob Arum isn’t giving many positive signs either. In an interview with Radio Rahim of Max Boxing, Arum expressed reservations about a potential Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.

“It depends largely on something that’s out of everybody’s control — other than the fact that Manny still has to be [Juan Manuel] Marquez. But even if he does, does Mayweather beat the criminal justice system in Nevada? That’s the issue,” the promoter told Rahim.

“Who knows if Mayweather’s going to be around next year to fight? He has real problems. Does he get them solved? I don’t know. Before anybody starts talking about a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, they better ask themselves ‘What is Mayweather’s criminal situation and will he be around in 2012 to fight Pacquiao or anybody else?’”

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Bob Arum Says Floyd Mayweather Jr. Turned Down $65 Million, Omits Drug Testing Part

Promoter Bob Arum said in a recent interview that Floyd Mayweather Jr. turned down a $65 million offer to fight Manny Pacquiao. Keep in mind that Arum is Pacquiao’s promoter, that he has a personal issue with Mayweather, and that his job is to pump up his client while generating as much money as possible. In other words, we’re not talking about an objective third-party here (is there even such a thing?), but someone who’s extremely biased.

First off, until we actually see the money produced, it’s hard to know if the supposed offer from a Singapore group is even true or legitimate. Would they really be able to produce the money or were they tossing figures around to get peoples’ attention? That’s hard to know.

Secondly, Arum has been following a simple pattern with Pacquiao recently, pitting him against fellow Top Rank fighters who pose little risk (Clottey, Marquez, Mosley). Arum does this because it protects his prized possession while allowing him to clean up on both sides of the revenue gate (think of a real estate agent who represents both the buyer and the seller). By calling out Floyd Mayweather Jr., Arum spins the situation and makes Floyd look like the bad guy, giving him an excuse to continue booking low-risk high-monetary reward fights for Manny.

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Boxing Has Lost the Magic it Once Had, It’s Been Passed by MMA

Do you happen to remember a sage truism given to you by a parent, trusted loved one, or fortune cookie that came along with a restaurant check? A penny saved is a penny earned. Either I was sick on one of the many days my mom was dispensing clichés or was too weak from overfeeding on Kung Pao to muster the strength to crack open that V-shaped bearer of wisdom/empty calories to take in that luminous advice. Between holey pockets, incline benches at the gym (yes, I workout), and the random, shifty valet attendant, I have lost more pennies than I can count. The most recent example of money lost was what I spent to bear witness to the spectacle that was the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight.

In fact, for the pleasure of watching that fight in public, I failed to save 2000 pennies. I should have taken Andrew Jackson’s accusing stare from the $20 bill I handed over to get in as a sign that maybe the money would have been best served being invested in soybeans, or at least a contentious game of bingo. Instead, for the first time in years, I gave boxing another shot. Lured by the prospect of seeing one of the quickest, most athletic politicians the Philippines’ Congress has ever known — I’ve heard of a punch card ballot, but this is ridiculous — against 39-year-old Shane Mosley, who was trying for another shot at glory against the WBO welterweight champion. To Pacquiao’s credit, they say politics is not a spectator sport … and they’re right.

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Nonito Donaire Leaves Bob Arum’s Top Rank for Golden Boy Promotions

A shock was sent through the business side of boxing Wednesday when it was announced that Nonito Donaire would be leaving promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank for Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. This is just the latest twist in an ongoing saga between the rival promotional groups, and there is little doubt it is a massive gain for Golden Boy.

Nonito Donaire is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world and an emerging star in the sport of boxing. The 28-year-old has been moving up in weight class steadily and picking up fans along the way while posting a 26-1 record. The Filipino Flash’s most recent fight was an eye-opening second-round knockout of Fernando Montiel last month that rearranged his opponent’s face.

Donaire has speed, power, and size for a bantamweight. Whether or not he can become as big as Manny Pacquiao in terms of popularity remains to be seen, but we do know that Donaire is an emerging star.

That’s why his promotional sidestep is so significant for boxing.

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