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Bob Arum on Oscar De La Hoya: He’s ‘One of the Stupidest Guys I’ve Ever Met’

So Oscar De La Hoya exited the ring for a career in promotions and created Golden Boy which has taken off. The promotional company represents a high percentage of the best fighters in the world and they’re responsible for putting on some of the best events we watch.

Before Golden Boy existed, Bob Arum and Don King used to be the only real competition when it came to promoting top fighters. Now, De La Hoya’s gang seems to scoop them up. Given that background you know that anything rival promoter Bob Arum says about Golden Boy comes out of bitterness and anger. So take the following quote served up to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel lightly with a chuckle.

“[Golden Boy has] no background in boxing,” Arum told the paper. “They rely on Oscar, who’s a dummy. Oscar is one of the stupidest guys I’ve ever met. I’m just saying what it is. The guy is really not smart. Forget just ‘not smart.’ He’s not just even average.”

Like I said, it’s complete bitterness from Arum, but the smack was so strong we had to share. Keep in mind that Arum will say just about anything to make himself and his people look good.

We’ve already explained why these comments shouldn’t matter to you because of their rivalry, but I will point out that De La Hoya is pretty darn smart because he took advantage of a major hole in the marketplace — promoters boxers could trust. And I’d say that the hundreds of millions Oscar has taken home proves he has an excellent business sense.

Bob Arum Plays Race Card in Defense of Antonio Margarito, Is Totally Wrong

Just as Top Rank promoter Bob Arum was incensed at the year-long suspension of his fighter, Antonio Margarito, by the California State Athletic Commission, I’m incensed at Arum’s comments in defense of Margarito. In the same breath where he exclaimed “This is America” as if to say “We don’t punish famous/rich people here!” Arum let off this rant, keeping his race card handy:

“You take a kid who’s done absolutely nothing wrong, and there isn’t a shred of evidence he’s done anything wrong, and you revoke his license for a year? Are you crazy? This is America! It doesn’t work like that. If this was anyone other than a Mexican kid, there’d be a different result. I know that for a fact! The trainer does something wrong and the fighter who knows nothing suffers the consequences? What kind of nonsense is this?”

Their excuses were so lame. To say the pads were “tossed into the bag” by another fighter who trains at the same gym is pathetic (which is what the trainer said). To try and set things up for the trainer to be the fall guy is irresponsible. The bottom line is that Antonio Margarito and his corner got busted for cheating — putting plaster pads on his gloves that were intended to hurt his opponent, Shane Mosley, and help give him a decisive advantage in the ring. They got busted for cheating and were forced to unwrap prior to the right. What more evidence do you want?

How is that any different from a hitter and batting coach getting caught corking a bat in the umpires presence prior to the game? This has nothing to do with race, Arum. Screw your head on straight before you lose any more credibility. Just admit fault so I don’t have to ignore everything you say the rest of your life, your credibility hanging by a thread. The only thing I will say in favor of Margarito is that it’s ironic he gets suspended from fighting in the U.S. for a year for loading up his gloves while the fighter to whom he lost was a BALCO boy — Shane Mosley. I think the the penalty imposed on Margarito and his trainer is a proper reflection of the severity of the infraction they committed.

Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao Will Fight Ricky Hatton or Mayweather May 2nd in Las Vegas

I was just cruising along, minding my business watching a news piece on Manny Pacquiao’s 30th birthday party that would put any T.O. party to shame, when believe it or not, Bob Arum actually dropped some key information. Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, confirmed what’s been suspected — he’s within 10 days of finalizing a Manny Pacquiao fight with either Ricky Hatton or Floyd Mayweather Jr. The fight will take place on May 2nd in Las Vegas. Around the 2:45 mark Arum says a fight is brewing, and Freddie Roach says Pacman will knock ‘em both out. You can also catch a glimpse of Pacman singing if you stick it out for the whole vid.

Even though the vid is in a different language, you can still get a strong sense of how popular and powerful Pacquiao is there. It was the dude’s 30th birthday party and it rivaled the celebration at the Democratic National Convention. Oh, and after watching Manny dismantle De La Hoya, I’m pretty confident he’ll take Hatton, too.