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Golden Boy VP Reacts To Arum, Insists Pacquiao vs. Broner is On!

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."

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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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by b00g13man on 06-25-2016

Only thing I can take from this is it almost sounds certain Manny will fight again. Smh.

Comment by Motorcity Cobra on 06-24-2016

[QUOTE=285Kid;16812263][url]http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/16433480/canelo-alvarez-gennady-golovkin-now-aiming-fight-fall-2017-earliest[/url][/QUOTE] I read the article. Nowhere in that article did it say the fight is set for next september. Golden Boy told K2 they aren't getting the fight this year and they'll let them know next year if he'll get…

Comment by 285Kid on 06-24-2016

[QUOTE=Motorcity Cobra;16812256]You're joking right?[/QUOTE] [url]http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/16433480/canelo-alvarez-gennady-golovkin-now-aiming-fight-fall-2017-earliest[/url]

Comment by Motorcity Cobra on 06-24-2016

[QUOTE=285Kid;16812254]GGG vs Canelo is already set for fall 2017[/QUOTE] You're joking right?

Comment by revelated on 06-24-2016

Broner gets stopped inside of 9 rounds.

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