Brooklyn-born promoter Bob Arum was in NYC on Wednesday, looking tanned and seeming rested, in a white polo shirt at the Mendez Gym on East 26th St., days out from the Saturday card topped by Nicholas Walters at the MSG Theater in Manhattan.
Arum was asked about his main revenue driver, the fighting Congressman, Manny Pacquiao, who is in a healing stage after surgery to attend to a torn right rotator cuff. Pacman is in less pain all the time, and he will come to the US within the next two weeks, Arum said, to be advised on a rehab plan.
When Manny can start training again? Who knows…let's let the docs figure that out. He tossed in a Grrrr at Freddie Roach, for tossing out a mebbe start date for Manny starting training again.
Arum touched on future plans, including a July 18 show in Macau.
A 140 pound crown will be up for grabs there, between China's Ik Yang and Argentine Cesar Cuenca, and Dennis Shafikov will meet Mickey Bey, who holds the IBF 135 crown…and Nonito Donaire will appear as well, on that card, vs. Frenchman Tony Settoul.
In September, Top Rank will be running on a monthly basis in that area, on mainland and in Macau, he said.
Mexican super middle Gilberto Ramirez fights June 26 on Tru, and if he wins, which he should, against Derek Edwards, he will get the winner of the Arthur Abraham-Robert Stieglitz scrap July 18. Also, Top Rank plans a Dubai show in November, and maybe Lomachenko-Walters runs there, along with the winner of the Tim Bradley-Jessie Vargas clash June 27 tangling with Brooklyn's Sadam Ali.
“Great fight, will be a great fight for the fans,” Sadam's dad David told me. “Dubai would be huge, especially for Sadam. If they get it made, they get it made. Have to wait and see.”
David thinks Bradley-Vargas will be a great fight, pretty much a 50-50 fight in his eyes.
Again, Arum was refreshed, relaxed. And yes, he talked about doing a Mayweather-Pacquiao sequel. Blame him? That one does triple the business of anything else Manny might agree to, even if a boatload of unsatisfied blow off the re-do…Check back for more Bob-stuff I have to download off my phone..