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Arum Hopes To Mesh With HBO Sports' New President

By Keith Idec

Bob Arum can only hope he has a better working relationship with the incoming president of HBO Sports than he had with the man who previously held the position.

The powerful promoter’s battles with former HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg are well-documented. Many within the boxing industry also believe that Arum’s decision earlier this year to take the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley pay-per-view fight to rival Showtime was the final failure that led to Greenburg’s resignation July 19.

Arum has had a counter-programming issue recently with Ken Hershman, whom HBO hired away from Showtime earlier this month, as well. But Arum is looking forward to seeing what Hershman, who was lauded for much of the boxing programming he approved as the vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports, can do when he begins his new job at HBO on Jan. 9.

“I’m always optimistic,” Arum said. “I really think the people that run HBO are very, very bright people. I believe that Hershman will adhere to the vision that [HBO’s president of programming Michael] Lombardo and [HBO co-president Richard] Plepler have, and so I’m very optimistic.”

The outspoken promoter was unusually reluctant, however, to assess his relationship with Hershman.

“I would rather not comment on that,” Arum said, “not being for any other reason other than … ask me six months from now how my relations have been with Hershman at HBO, and I’m happy to comment on that.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for the Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Alpha & Omega on 10-25-2011

Up your ass Bob Arum. You are worse than Don King even, with your underhanded bs. You want to keep all your champs in house and avoid any non Top Rank risks. You kept Cotto away from Floyd and now…

Comment by Light_Speed on 10-25-2011

HBO would never tell Arum and GBP to go f*ck themselves, that would be financial suicide. Hardcore fans could boycott Pac and Floyd's future PPVs but we're a minority, most of the money is generated from mainstream fans who are…

Comment by LA_2_Vegas on 10-25-2011

[QUOTE=Deevel916;11332814]What the new Pres should do is this: After the Pac/JMM bout, approach all the parties involved. Floyd, Pac, Arum, GBP, and Al Haymon. Tell them that if a Pac/Floyd deal isnt finalized by early 2012, then they will have…

Comment by Best in Boxing on 10-25-2011

[QUOTE=uglypug;11332833]Excellent idea. . . Arum can carry his own PPV's; he might be stubborn, and try to front at first, but no way he wants to completely sever ties and relations with HBO [B]Mayweather, however, doesn't have the money like…

Comment by Convicted_Felon on 10-25-2011

He's going to tell Bob to cut the crap, or take his lame in house shows somewhere else.

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