Arum on Matching Pacquiao, Marquez, Rios, Bradley

By Luis Sandoval

The Junior Welterweight and Welterweight divisions are undoubtedly the two hottest and deepest divisions in the sport of boxing today. There is a deep pool of talent there along with some of the most recognizable names in the sport including the two biggest stars - Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

While Golden Boy Promotions Richard Schaefer recently announced his plans to stage a 140 pound tourney with his stable of fighters, Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum also has a group of fighters he’ll be pitting together in the coming months in the Welterweight division.

BoxingScene spoke to Arum regarding some of the potential matchups we can see in the near future.

“Well, first [Timothy Bradley] has to beat [Ruslan] Provodnikov. If he beats Provodnikov and Rios beats Alvarado and then we’ll see what Manny [Pacquiao] and [Juan Manuel] Marquez will do. So I got four guys and we’ll mix and match. If Marquez and Manny decide to fight this year, then I’ll try to make Rios and Bradley. If Manny and Marquez won’t fight this year, one of them can fight Bradley and the other can fight Rios. So we got a lot of options there” Arum would inform BoxingScene.

A problem most have pointed out for Top Rank is that in the 140 or 147 pound divisions, Golden Boy has an edge as most of the fighters in those weight classes are under their promotional banner. When Arum was asked about his feelings on that subject, he felt they have just as many options and feels they are not at any disadvantage.

“No, I think they’re plenty of fighters to go around. We have on March 30th Khabib [Allakhverdiev] who’s a Top Rank fighter and will be fighting [Breidis] Prescott. We have on this Bradley-Provodnikov card two of our undefeated Welterweights fighting off with [Wale] Lucky Boy [Omotoso] and [Jessie] Vargas. We have [Luis Carlos] Abregu who will also be fighting for a title in Argentina on April 27th. So we have plenty of Welterweight and Junior Welterweights. There is no lack of fighters” declared the Hall of Fame promoter.

From the sounds of it, while Golden Boy and Top Rank may not mix and match their fighters, they will make the best fights possible with their stables which only means good news for boxing fans.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by gbonafide on 03-13-2013

[QUOTE=DominiBox;13137759]The real problems are: 1. Too many tittles per weight division. So if #1 decides to do not fight #2, there's no problem about that cuz he can still be a champ in that division. 2. We don't get the…

Comment by Fetta on 03-12-2013

[QUOTE=PBP;13138071]I criticize Arum when I need too but I like this idea. I've been wanting a 4 man mix and match with Bradley, Rios, Pac and Marquez for a while now.[/QUOTE] Yep! He needs to do this cause TR is…

Comment by mex602 on 03-12-2013

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;13136925]It looks like we can all look forward to Bradley-Pacquiao 2! The fight everyone is clamoring for! :dead1:[/QUOTE] i cant wait! there will be block partys and carne asadas everywhere! JMM needs to stop ducking Liker Ramos and give him…

Comment by -PBP- on 03-12-2013

I criticize Arum when I need too but I like this idea. I've been wanting a 4 man mix and match with Bradley, Rios, Pac and Marquez for a while now.

Comment by PAC-BOY on 03-12-2013

[QUOTE=Still Blazin;13136575]Cant wait until Arum steps down. Go the f*ck away.[/QUOTE] Why not DLH? Who else will build stadiums.

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