By Steve Kim
The back-and-forth continues between Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank as it relates to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao. Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum - in disparaging the potential match-up between Alvarez and WBO 154-pound titlist Liam Smith - stated that no discussions had taken place for Manny Pacquiao to face Canelo. Pacquiao is now rumored to be facing Adrien Broner on a date in October.
"The fact is they never called us about a Pacquiao fight, which means they should stay away from who Pacquiao's going to fight next or if he's going to fight next. It wasn't a situation where they said, 'We didn't go after Pacquiao to fight 'Canelo' because Pacquiao already has an opponent' - that's bullsh*t," Arum said to BoxingScene.com.
"We still don't have an opponent. We're working on possible opponents but again, they are fighting Liam Smith and looking for 1,700 different excuses to justify a Liam Smith fight, which is the height of idiodicy. I mean, Liam Smith isn't even the best fighter in his family."
To which Eric Gomez, the Sr. Vice President of Golden Boy responded - "Y'know Bob, he's getting pretty forgetful nowadays. But the fact is, he invited us to his house in Beverly Hills and we had lunch with him."
And Gomez and Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya weren't served Subway or Quizno's that day.
"In fact, he served us those fancy sandwhiches they eat in Beverly Hills with no crust on them and we talked about doing Pacquiao and Canelo," recalled Gomez of that meeting that took place a couple of months ago.
He added - "But I do have it under good authority that (Pacquiao) is fighting Broner in an October pay-per-view. So he's going to be fighting a month after Canelo because he has September."
Alvarez who just recently dropped the WBC middleweight belt, is expected to return on September 17th.
So are tensions rising (again) between Golden Boy and Top Rank?
"No, it's good from our side, it's very good. I'll go eat sandwhiches with Arum again, no problem," said Gomez, chuckling.
Gomez even says that an Alvarez-Pacquiao fight is something they would absolutely consider for the future - "We would love to do it. We're open to discuss it, no problem."
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.