Bob Arum Slams MGM Grand, Mayweather, More
By Rick Reeno
MGM Grand, Las Vegas - The final press conference for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley HBO Pay-Per-View rematch, taking place this Saturday night at the MGM, was moving along at a friendly pace.
But, Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum closed the press conference with a huge verbal bang.
Arum has been upset with the MGM's promotion of Saturday's rematch. During the week, Arum voiced his anger to several reporters - regarding the venue's heavy display of promotional items related to the upcoming Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana Showtime Pay-Per-View on May 3rd.
During the end of the press conference, with a stunned Richard Sturm [President of MGM Grand Entertainment] sitting right beside the podium, Arum unleashed his fury.
"I'm not going to say it....the hell with it - I know the Venetian would never make a mistake like this, they knew what fight was scheduled in three or four days and they wouldn't have a 12-1 fight all over the building that's going to take place in three weeks from next Saturday. That's why one company makes a billion dollars a quarter and the other hustles to pay it's debt [referring to the MGM]. There it is, say it like it is," Arum said to a stunned crowd.
A moment earlier, Arum was talking to Bradley near the podium and said - "Why don't you ask the guy who's picture is all over the building on when he's going to fight somebody real." - taking direct a jab at Mayweather. Bradley laughed a replied - "I'll let you ask him that."
Speaking to BoxingScene earlier in the day, Arum stated - "How many more 10-1 fights can the MGM sell to people? [Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard] Schaefer can say whatever he wants about the fights, but all you have to do is go and look at the odds at the Race & Sportsbook to see it's not a competitive fight."
[QUOTE=thuggery;14412224]They made a statement saying that Maidana-Floyd tickets aren't selling too well so it is what it is. They need as much promoting as possible, even if it's days away from another fight in the same venue.[/QUOTE] Get your cornball…Comment by Intelligent on 04-10-2014
[QUOTE=junior gong;14411589]Hate, hater, haterzzzz etc.[/QUOTE] I see you are agreeing to being a hater! That shyt gets you nowhereComment by The Gambler1981 on 04-10-2014
[QUOTE=Isaac Clarke;14412277]I hope they have the sense to beat Rafael over there.[/QUOTE] Rafael would certainly have the scoop on all things lunch related, that is probably why he didn't tweet it he wanted the head start.Comment by Sweet Pea 50 on 04-10-2014
[QUOTE=Isaac Clarke;14412277]I hope they have the sense to beat Rafael over there.[/QUOTE] No chance. [IMG]http://www.gifsplosion.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/chris-farley-van-down-by-the-river.gif[/IMG]Comment by ShoulderRoll on 04-10-2014
[QUOTE=Fetta;14412237]Chris Mannix ***8207;@ChrisMannixSI 1h Arum says the media should go get pizza or, "Go to the Wynn, where they serve really good food." You can't make this stuff up.[/QUOTE] Why didn't you hold this fight at The Wynn, Bob?Post a Comment/View More User Comments (269)