Arum Drops the “H” Word, Slams Floyd Tactics, Refusal To Make Pacquiao Fight

Maybe you’re one of those optimistic types who holds out hope that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will glove up later this year. Makes so much sense, since the overwhelming majority of boxing fans would like that fight to get made, and the two boxers are the most marketable and high-earning pugilists in the trade. Yet…sticking points always pop up as to why The Fight is never coming together.

The last reasoning we heard is that Floyd Mayweather wants to steer the whole ship, and doesn’t care to share the rudder with Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum.

A few weeks back, a man who has worked as an attorney for Pacman, Franklin Gacal, went public with his wish that Arum release Pacquiao from his contract with Top Rank, so Floyd’s high hurdle is surmounted, paving the way for that fight to be made. I chatted with Pacman trainer Freddie Roach soon after Gacal’s statement hit the wires and Roach sounded agreeable to that. Arum could step aside, get a chunk of cash for his trouble, and then circle back with Manny after Mayweather-Pacquiao gets done, Freddie said.

On Thursday, I chatted with Arum, the 82-year-old dealmaker who was born in Brooklyn and did his business in NYC before moving to the warmer (as in temperature and tax culpability) climes of Las Vegas in 1986. He was in town for the press conference to hype the April 12 Top Rank/HBO PPV show featuring a Pacquiao-Tim Bradley rematch. Off the bat, he had me cracking up, with a warmup spiel: “Never believe anything a promoter says. That’s the first thing. Because a promoter’s job is to sell a fight. Who do you believe, other than your own instincts, as to whether a fight is competitive? The oddsmakers in Las Vegas. And this is practically an even-money fight. The first Pacquiao-Bradley fight, going in, was 9 to 1.”

I happen to agree with Arum, and in fact, believe him when he says it’s a pick ’em bout, contrary to his advisement not to do so.

But of course, the topic of Floyd Mayweather came up, and I asked Arum about Mayweather’s Super Bowl special, his Fan Poll, which asks fight fans if they’d rather he fight Brit Amir Khan, or Argentine bomber Marcos Maidana, in his next tussle, May 3. You’ll recall, Arum was in make-nice mode not long ago when in NYC, lauding all Mayweathers during a presser to hype a card topped by Guillermo Rigondeaux in AC. That mood has passed, it seems like. Arum wasn’t keen to talk about the Fan Poll, but then he got cooking.

“Look, I’m tired of beating a dead horse,” he told me. “Because it’s not productive. But we have to realize, and I know Mayweather, he doesn’t want to fight Pacquiao, because of Pacquiao’s style. Mayweather’s style is of great defense against a right-handed fighter. A fast lefty who can punch a little bit will give him trouble. Pacquiao really creates the biggest danger to Mayweathers’ undefeated record, more than any other fighter. He’s not going to fight him. I tell Manny, Mayweather will make one demand after another, and you can accede to the demand, but he’s not going to get you the fight.”

And the latest demand was requesting a divorce of the Arum-Top Rank marriage…

“This is like a tactic, I’m not equating the politics, it’s like Hitler,” he continued. “Before the Second World War, ‘give me Czechosolovakia, there’ll be peace,’ and this and that..and (Neville) Chamberlain (then UK Prime Minister) kept appeasing, kept appeasing…was there ever going to be peace? No. No. It’s not going to get anybody closer to that fight.”

“That’s a pretty heavy-duty analogy,” I pointed out to Arum.

“That’s the truth,” he said. “That’s the truth. You do something like that, that’s the tactic. You bully, you bully, you bully…finally the guy says, ‘Enough,’ and he says, ‘See, you don’t want to fight me.”

Referring back to those oddsmakers…is there any person out there who is thinking that the chances of a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight occurring this year, after hearing that Arum “H” word reference, as anything but a million to one shot?

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-Radam G :

I'm straight-up riding shotgun with Da Bobfather. Money May will never fight that one-man Pinoy Murder Row. Holla!

-leon30001 :

The "H" word? WTF? Is Hitler a cuss now? Do I need to update my PC dictionary? I'm out of the loop, help me out here Woods you're good with this stuff!

-deepwater2 :

Arum is correct with the bully analogy. Floyd should be ashamed for even mentioning glass jaw khan who never fought at 147 before and has been clipped a number of times. Maidana at least brings power to negate Floyd's style . Speed can beat maidana but look what happened to speedy Broner. PAC is the biggest fight out ther for mayweather but also the riskiest so it probably won't happen. As far as saying the h word in regard to hitler that's nuts. All people of the world should know hitler and his deeds so history doesn't repeat itself. Lenin,Stalin,mao, the holodomor,and the bolshivik revolution should all be studied forever . Communism killed 100 million people in the 20th century. Communism is always trying to come back. The bolshiviks killed 30 million Christians and torched all churches in Russia under communism. Lenin ran on a platform eerily similar that you hear today,Economic inequality ,gay rights and centralized power from the state got him to the top after murdering his opponants.

-amayseng :

Hitler is the devil in flesh of the human world, of course Bob isn't saying Floyd is equal to Hitler, but that his bullying and deceiving tactics are a bunch of crap, as was Hitler. Floyd just finds ways not to make the fight. He is a great fighter but he does not want the fight. What a shame.

-kingfor1000yrs :

lol the H word maybe a hokie full of hot air, Uncle Bob is a promoter he would know Ducky's angle with money and hogging it

-kingfor1000yrs :

i like "the Bob father"

-Radam G :

Money May is also the SS word -- SMART and SCARY -- and it is all right to be that way when you have it moolah going on like he does. What is a $150mil payday for him to get KTFO by Da Manny when Lil' Floyd can fight no-chancers and make $40-$70mil a pop? We musta' fo'got, he's in the business of prizefighting, not honest fighting or fighting who the fans really want. I ain't got nuffin' but luv for "Lil' Floyd. The SS-word fighters make that moolah and leave the sport with it and a least damaged brain. The TB -- TOUGH and BRAVE -- fighters make the fans happy. But in the end, when the TB fighters career are finished, no fans or promoters and management shadows [like Δ? Hyman] give 'em a thou or two to pay one bill. Money May is the smartest-and-scariest boxer of all times, thus the RICHEST. Holla!

-SouthPawFlo :

Uncle Bob knows how to "stir the pot" with his comments....

-brownsugar :

I think most people took these comments with a grain of salt. (pink Himalayan salt) Bob looked so feeble and desparate when he made those comments. Bob would do well to take a page from the most powerful man in boxing... Al (the Shadow) Haman and take a back seat... Let the young executives who will carry TopRank forward get some face time in the media. He's earned a rest and he's too old for the stress.

-leon30001 :

Communism killed 100 million people in the 20th century. Communism is always trying to come back
Keep this up and you'll get banned again, Comrade!

-leon30001 :

Referring back to those there any person out there who is thinking that the chances of a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight occurring this year, after hearing that Arum "H" word reference, as anything but a million to one shot?
Makes no difference. All the excuses are just that. It's a million to one regardless of what Pacquiao, Arum or anyone else says or does.

-Bencal :

Mr Arum With all due respect, your 83 years old! Haven't you made enough money to allow someone else in the game ? The fans want this fight and your legacy is at stake here.

-Carmine Cas :

Yeaaaaahhhh Uncle Bob! Stir the pot, keep the posturing going. Great shot btw lol