Advertisement: IBO Boxing
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com
Advertisement

Arum Talks Golden Truce, Marquez, Pavlik, Bradley, More

By Lem Satterfield

BoxingScene.com spoke to Top Rank Promotions CEO, Bob Arum, regarding a number of topics, including a forthcoming apology to eight division and WBO welterweight king Manny Pacquiao that is reportedly being crafted for release on Tuesday by the attornies of Golden Boy Promotions.

The impending capitulation would be in response to an ongoing lawsuit filed on Pacquiao's behalf in December of 2009 seekng compensatory and punitive damages for defamation of character and naming Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and president, respectively, of Golden Boy Promotions.

The suit also named Floyd Mayweather Jr., his uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, and Floyd Mayweather Sr.

Pacquiao's attorney is Daniel Petrocelli, with the Los Angeles-based O'Melveny and Myers law firm, who gained a wrongful death civil conviction against O.J. Simpson in 1997.

The move could be a precursor to Pacquiao dropping his defamation lawsuit against Golden Boy, although it is unclear how the Mayweathers would be affected, according to a May 29 report by Michael Marley of BoxingScene.com.

Arum also addressed the skyrocketing popularity of Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 knockouts), plans for a November bout between Pacquiao and WBO and WBA king Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KOs), as well as the futures of former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs) and middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs).

Prior to his May 7, unanimous 10-round super middleweight decision over Alphonso Lopez (21-1, 16 KOs), Pavlik had been dethroned as WBC middleweight king by Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) in April of 2010.

Chavez has a June 4 clash with WBC middleweight titlist Sebasian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs), which, in victory, could enter him in the sweepstakes for a match up against either junior middleweight belt-holder Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) or ex-world champion Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs).

Arum also expressed some opinion concerning WBO and WBC  junior welterweight titlist Tim Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs)..

BoxingScene.com: What can you say about the upcoming apology by Golden Boy Promotions to Manny Pacquiao?

Bob Arum: Let's wait until actually happens. I don't want to jump the gun. We've been negotiating the arrangements, including the apology, so let it come in the normal way rather than me commenting on it.

BoxingScene.com: Can you address what your feelings are toward Golden Boy right now?

BA: I have said that after our recent mediation, we shook hands and we agreed that we would bury the hatchet and, where possible, work together to do some significant fights. Since we shook hands on that, I intend to follow through on it.

BoxingScene.com: Is there anything more that you can say concerning the relief that you feel and the potential for such big fights?

BA: Relief is the wrong word. There's just no relief. It's just going from one situation to another. We've done quite well at Top Rank not dealing with their fighters.

We've done well with just dealing with our own and those of other promoters. But stands to offer to us some increased opportunities for us. In that sense, then, it's very good.

BoxingScene.com: Do you know whether or not Juan Manuel Marquez is going to risk taking a July fight prior to facing Manny Pacquiao in November?

BA: Well, you know, that's up to him. He's doing it himself. We're going to help him a little bit with it. But he has to make all of the arrangements himself.

BoxingScene.com: What is your role with Juan Manuel Marquez's July fight?

BA: We'll help him with the television distribution and the foreign distribution and that sort of thing.

BoxingScene.com: Manny Pacquiao's popularity has continued to increase, fight-by-fight, despite media criticism?

BA: That's absolutely correct. That's what we had hoped would happen and that is what is happening. That's very good for us and it's very satisfying to us.

BoxingScene.com: Can you address the various scenarios surrounding Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.?

BA: Well, there are three guys that we have who are in the mix. That's Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and Julio Cesar Chavez. We have to see what happens on June 4 and see where everybody figures in.

Who fights whom, when they fight, and so forth. I'll sit down with all of the fighters that weekend of June 4.

BoxingScene.com: What do you like about Kelly Pavlik's return and what's next for him?

BA: We just wanted to get him back into the ring, and what he did was the best that we could hope for under the circumstances after his layoff. We thought that he looked fine.

He had the stamina to go the full distance and so, we're please with his performance. We obviously are going to get him moving and hopefully put him in with one of the top super middleweights very shortly.

They're all possibilities. But the guy, [IBF champion]  Lucian Bute may be the one who has the inside track.

BoxingScene.com: Can you shed any light on the situation with Nonito Donaire and Top Rank?

BA: Not really. Hopefully, that will get itself cleared up, but that's up to Nonito Donaire and his people. If he doesn't, then it will be resolved in the arbitration.

BoxingScene.com: What are your thoughts on [WBA and WBO] junior welterweight champion Tim Bradley?

BA: The first step is for him to be free to deal with us. But as we understand it, he still has a contract with Gary Shaw. So, we're not going to do anything at this point.

However, there is no secret that if that contract expires, and he's a free agent, we want Tim Bradley very badly for our program. I think that he's one of the top figters.

I think that we can build him into a major attraction and I just think that he has not been promoted as well as he might be.

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Leohappy on 05-31-2011

how is any of this news after mosley,marquez?? it's clear arum can offer things no other promoter can ,including a pac fight. he just doing it the sneaky way,behind the scenes by forcing boxers to abandon their previous promoter. it…

Comment by texasboi15 on 05-30-2011

The Golden-TR-uce !! great name!

Comment by UglyPug on 05-30-2011

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;10623860]Bob Arum has clearly been tampering with Tim Bradley behind the scenes, probably dangling the possibility of a Pacquiao fight in front of him in order to get him to go to Top Rank once his contract is over. If…

Comment by ThePrince on 05-30-2011

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;10623860]Bob Arum has clearly been tampering with Tim Bradley behind the scenes, probably dangling the possibility of a Pacquiao fight in front of him in order to get him to go to Top Rank once his contract is over. If…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 05-30-2011

Bob Arum has clearly been tampering with Tim Bradley behind the scenes, probably dangling the possibility of a Pacquiao fight in front of him in order to get him to go to Top Rank once his contract is over. If…

ADD COMMENT VIEW COMMENTS (12)
Advertisement
Top Headlines
Joshua-Pulev: Hearn Reveals Small Crowd Plan For Fall Event Josh Warrington Warns 'Gobshite' Shakur Stevenson: I Won't Wait! Javier Fortuna Extends Promotional Pact With Sampson Boxing Haney Hasn't Talked With Mayweather About Training Him Full-Time Holyfield: I Wanted To Bite Tyson Back, But They Always Catch The Second Person Fury: I Wouldn't Pay Wilder 10 Grand To Step Aside; Would Rather Give Him Good Hiding Again Roney Hines Vows To Be Patient For Big Fights, Not Looking To Rush Lee Eaton: Good, Competitive Fights Must Happen When Boxing Returns Roy Jones Says He's Willing To Fight Mike Tyson or Evander Holyfield Groves Still Disagrees: I Never, Ever Needed Saving in First Froch Fight! Whyte vs. Ngannou: Hearn Says Really Good Chance It Could Happen Joseph Diaz's Plans: Beat Farmer Again, Then 'Huge' Fight With Mares Vitor Belfort on Training With Mike Tyson: Takes a lot of Courage To Return at 53 Jaime Munguia Continues To Train, Hopes To Return Very Soon Gervonta Davis is Motivated By Skeptics Who Underestimate Him Pascal: I Returned To Boxing To Not Leave Any Regrets May 30 Show in Santo Domingo To Adopt WBA Safety Protocol Arum Doesn't Want Stevenson To Vacate Title Unless He Knows He's Staying At 130 Jack Culcay Back on June 12 in Berlin, After Event Application Approved Tyson Fury Supports Ring Return of Mike Tyson, Explains Why Usyk Smiles: Chisora Can Throw All He Wants - He Needs To Land Javier Martinez, 5x National Champion, To Turn Pro Under Split-T Management Promoter: Otto Wallin Can Be Ready in Near Future For Whyte, Joshua Jose Ramirez: I Can See Josh Taylor Fight Happening At O2 Arena In London Charlie Edwards Inks Promotional Pact With Frank Warren Saunders: Main Goal Is To Get 'Ginger B-llocks' Canelo In The Ring Ellerbe: Tank Can't Look Past Santa Cruz; There's A Reason Why Leo Called Him Out Buatsi: I Have To Learn To Be Able To Hang With Beterbiev, Bivol Olympic hero/nursing school grad? Trials champ Fulghum chasing peculiar double dip Kieran Gething Making The Best of Things in Lockdown Mike Tyson Explains How Wild Lifestyle With Women Cost Him His Fortune Whyte Warns Chisora: You Want To Get Brutally Knocked Out Again? Tyson Fury: Wilder Will Be More Dangerous Than The Last Fight! Canada's Boxing Gyms Are Carefully Weighing How To Reopen Munguia Has Good Chance To Knock Golovkin Out, Says Beltran Carlos Baldomir Files Appeal, Attempts To Get Out of Prison Hearn Believes Fury Will Retire After Two-Fight Series With Joshua Wanderlei Silva Claims $10 Million Offer From BKFC For Mike Tyson Joseph Parker Ring Return Might Land in Queenstown Holyfield: If Mike Tyson Throws Bombs, I'll Throw Bombs Right Back
Advertisement
Advertisement
Latest Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement