Bob Arum: I Don't Believe There's An Al Haymon; He's Fictional

By Keith Idec

OMAHA, Nebraska – Bob Arum is confident that, if given the opportunity to meet again with Al Haymon, they can come to an agreement to make a Terence Crawford-Errol Spence Jr. fight a reality.

They did, after all, put together a much more complicated pay-per-view showdown when they finally made Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao early in 2015.

Crawford’s promoter made it clear, though, that it won’t be easy to provide fans with the welterweight title unification fight they most want unless Haymon, who advises Spence, at least is interested in negotiating with him.


With his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, the 86-year-old Arum questioned whether the notoriously private Haymon even exists.

“The problem is who is PBC?,” Arum told, referring to the Premier Boxing Champions organization Haymon launched early in 2015.

“And people say, ‘Al Haymon.’ And I say Al Haymon is a fiction Sam Watson has created. I don’t believe there’s an Al Haymon. I haven’t seen him in three years. Have you seen him? Is there an Al Haymon? No! I think Sam Watson has created some guy named Al Haymon, who is responsible for all of these bad decisions because there is no Al Haymon. You’re blaming it on a fictional character.”

Watson, a longtime Haymon employee, has been commonly mistaken for Haymon by some fans and media when Watson stands alongside Haymon’s boxers in the ring before and after their fights. When reminded that there’s evidence Haymon does indeed exist, Arum continued.

“You may have interviewed who you thought was Al Haymon,” Arum explained. “But how do you know it’s Al Haymon? [Promoter Lou] DiBella says, ‘Well, I talk to him on the phone.’ I say, ‘Lou, how do you know [it’s him]? People today can mimic any voice.’ How do I know it’s him? I haven’t spoken to him in over two years. How do I know it’s him? The last time I saw him was maybe four years ago, and I’m in the business full-time.”

Whenever they eventually begin negotiating a bout between Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs), the WBO welterweight champion, and Spence (24-0, 21 KOs), the IBF 147-pound champ, Arum doesn’t think it’ll be as difficult as some suspect to finalize a deal. As a pay-per-view event, Arum doesn’t feel the fighters’ network affiliations should complicate matters as much as if Crawford-Spence were to air either on ESPN (Crawford) or Showtime (Spence).

“It’s a pay-per-view event when they fight,” Arum said, “and the same way that we did it with Mayweather and Pacquiao, both HBO and Showtime were co-distributors of the fight and shared the distribution fee. All of that can be worked out. I mean, it’s silly. But again, you can always say that because of this and because of that something can’t happen.

“But if you have any kinds of brains or ingenuity, you can work through those problems to make it happen. Obviously, it would be wrong for Errol Spence to say, ‘Screw you, Showtime. I’m gonna fight Terence Crawford on a pay-per-view distributed by ESPN.’ I recognize that. And just as soon it would be wrong for Terence to say, ‘To hell with that. Thanks, ESPN, but I’m gone.’ No, but you can work it out like gentlemen.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by allenfred on 10-17-2018

[QUOTE=MEXfistology;19197443]Well haymon made mayweather a billionaire, he gave Errol Spence 3 million for fighting bum Lamont Peterson, he gave Danny Garcia 2 million for beating a tomato can like rod salka.. If that's getting ripped off in your opinion I…

Comment by LA_2_Vegas on 10-16-2018

Arum is always selling his events, his fighters, and his company. PBC has always seemed rudderless in that regard. But after these new deals, I'm guessing they will use the networks to promote rather than having a face like Arum?…

Comment by The D3vil on 10-16-2018

[QUOTE=Motorcity Cobra;19195373]Before people think he's serious, he's joking. And its funny :lol1:[/QUOTE] Dude, I repped you for both your sigs alone [QUOTE=Muz;19198754]Al Haymon represents the Obama Entitlement CULTURE in boxing. He represents the victim mentality and protecting an inferior product…

Comment by slu on 10-16-2018

Must drive these attention whore promoters nuts. Boxing and MMA are the only sports where the promoters try to be the star. Bad model and its dying in front of there eyes. Must really piss the Bob father off that…

Comment by Muz on 10-16-2018

Al Haymon represents the Obama Entitlement CULTURE in boxing. He represents the victim mentality and protecting an inferior product from being exposed. A TRUE CON MAN. But that is today's culture in the ghetto.

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