Promoter Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley II coming at right time

Promoter Bob Arum is staging the April 12 rematch between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view). Their first fight – in June 2012 at the same place – ended in controversy when Bradley was judged a split-decision winner over Pacquiao in a fight Pacquiao appeared to have won by as many as four points.

Arum recently was asked if this rematch coming later rather than sooner was a good thing. Both fighters have had two fights since that first go-round.

“Because of the controversy in the first fight, if we had done an immediate rematch I think most of the time being spent by the media would have been on ‘Was the first fight fixed?’ therefore getting a second fight, and now you don’t hear any of that because obviously the fighters went on to do their thing against other opponents.  Now we have a great fight and there is no adverse commentary as to any kind of manipulation in the first fight.”

 Pacquiao, 35, is 55-5-2 with 38 knockouts. Bradley, 30, is 31-0 with 12 knockouts.

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Promoter Bob Arum not sure what to think when it comes to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s weight

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. of Mexico on March 1 will fight a rematch with Bryan Vera at the Alamodome in San Antonio (on HBO). The fight is slated to take place at the 168-pound super middleweight limit.

Therein lies the intrigue. For their first fight, Chavez informed his promoter – Bob Arum – the week of that Sept. 28 bout at StubHub Center that he would not be able to make 168 pounds. The new weight was contracted for 173 pounds, two under the light heavyweight limit.

We asked Arum on Wednesday if he has heard any news out of Chavez’s camp regarding his weight and how he’s doing with it. Arum came with an interesting response.

“It’s like dealing with North Korea,” Arum said. “You don’t know what to believe.”

Chavez (47-1-1, 32 KOs) won an unpopular unanimous decision over Vera (23-7, 14 KOs) the first time. Vera is from Austin, Texas.

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Bob Arum recalls ‘Thrilla in Manila’ ahead of Pacquiao-Rios fight Saturday

Longtime promoter Bob Arum on Saturday will promote the welterweight fight between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios in Macao, China (on HBO pay-per-view). During a conference call, he remembered vividly his favorite international promotion, and it was no surprise.

“The one that sticks out and is most comparable because it takes place in the same time zone is the ‘Thrilla in Manila’ when Muhammad Ali faced off against Joe Frazier,” Arum said. “That fight took place in the same time that the Pacquiao-Rios fight will take place – around noon Manila time. It was one of the greatest fights I have ever seen in my life.”

Ali won when Frazier did not answer the bell for the 15th round of the fight that took place Oct. 1, 1975.

“These guys went at it and (trainer) Eddie Futch wouldn’t let Joe Frazier come out for the 15th round and Muhammad won the fight,” Arum said.

Arum also remember the immediate aftermath.

“What I remember most was going outside the (Araneta) Coliseum after the fight was over – we had just seen this unbelievable fight and the sun was the brightest that I have ever seen and it was almost as if everyone was blinded by the daylight, and it was one of the most memorable experiences I ever had in my life.”

 

 

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Chavez-Vera fight Saturday at StubHub Center will be contested at 173 pounds

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Bryan Vera were originally supposed to fight at a catch-weight of 163 pounds Saturday at StubHub Center. Then it was moved to 165, then to 168 and now to 173 as Chavez has had difficulty holding up his end of the weight bargain.

Bob Arum, who promotes former middleweight champion Chavez, on Tuesday told reporters he would sit down with Vera’s promoter, Artie Pelullo, to discuss a new weight above 168. At Wednesday’s final news conference, Arum said we would all have to “Wait for the weight,” at Friday’s weigh-in.

However, late Wednesday night, Ronnie Shields – Vera’s trainer – told BoxingScene.com that a new agreement for 173 pounds was reached, and that Vera would be financially compensated for basically putting up with what has turned out to be a ridiculous scenario, even by boxing’s standards. The bout – which will be televised by HBO – also has been reduced from 12 rounds to 10.

Chavez (46-1-1, 32 KOs), still just 27, had trouble making the middleweight limit of 160, and now he can’t even make 168.

According to Shields, the 31-year-old Vera (23-6, 14 KOs), of Austin, Texas, weighed 167 on Wednesday, one under the limit at which he thought he was going to fight Chavez.

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Tickets for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Brian Vera at StubHub on sale Thursday

Tickets for the Sept. 28 super middleweight fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Brian Vera at StubHub Center in Carson (on HBO) go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m.

The bout was originally scheduled for Sept. 7 at Staples Center, but Chavez sustained a cut over his right eye during sparring, so promoter Bob Arum was forced to come up with a new date and site.

Tickets are priced at $20,  $50, $100 and $200. They can be purchased online at www.axs.com or by calling 888-929-7849.

Chavez is 46-1-1 with 32 knockouts. Vera is 23-6 with 14 knockouts.

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Bob Arum doles out high praise for flabby, Mexicali heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr.

When ultra-flabby heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr. of Mexicali first started fighting on some noteworthy cards, his opponents must have been licking their chops as soon as he came into the ring. This guy makes Chris Arreola look svelte.

They don’t any longer, of course, because by now Ruiz has shown that his many rolls of fat notwithstanding, he can flat-out fight. At about 6-foot-1 1/2, he weighs about 245 to 250 pounds. That’s after starting his pro career at nearly 300.

Don’t look now, but he’s ranked as high as 12th in one of the major governing bodies.

Promoter Bob Arum talked about Ruiz last week at Freddie Roach’s gym in Hollywood.

“Like, his opponent comes into the ring and his opponent says, ‘Fat boy, I’m going to knock your (butt) out,’ ” Arum said. “But this kid, he takes an unbelievable punch and has the fastest hands of any heavyweight since (Muhammad) Ali. Unbelievable. That’s what everybody says.”

Ruiz is 19-0 with 13 knockouts and has won his past five fights by knockout. He will take on Joe Hanks (21-0, 14 KOs) on July 27 at Venetian Casino & Resort in Macao, China (on UniMas).

 

 

 

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Bob Arum: Floyd Mayweather will be too much for Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

Bob Arum was Floyd Mayweather’s promoter for the first several years of Mayweather’s professional career, so he knows a thing or two about the fighter formerly nicknamed “Pretty Boy,” but who now uses “Money” as his moniker.

Arum on Thursday was asked to chime in on the upcoming Sept. 14 showdown between Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico. They will tangle in a junior middleweight title fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

“I think Floyd is way too experienced for him,” Arum said during lunch at Off Vine in Hollywood. “And I wouldn’t be that surprised if late in the fight Mayweather knocks him out. That’s how I see it.”

The fight is being co-promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Arum has an ongoing feud with Golden Boy, but Arum said he will order the pay-per-view feed, which will cost $64.95.

“Sure, Yom Kippur is over (the evening of Sept. 14),” said Arum, who is Jewish. “We do a breakfast at our house for over 100 people, so we’re going to buy the fight and it comes to less than a dollar a person.”

Arum and his guests laughed.

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Bob Arum likens promoting Manny Pacquiao to a famous U.S. politician

Promoter Bob Arum has been known to toss out a wisecrack or two during his long career in the sweet science. He doled out some good stuff Thursday as he had lunch with a few reporters at Off Vine, a quaint bistro in Hollywood near Vine St.

Arum was asked how his fighter, Manny Pacquiao, is doing. Pacquiao was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round this past December in Las Vegas. Pacquiao will get back in the ring for the first time since then when he takes on former lightweight champion Brandon Rios on Nov. 23 at Venetian Resort in Macao, China (on HBO pay-per-view).

At first, Arum became playfully sarcastic when the question of how Pacquiao is doing was posed.

“How the (expletive) do I know?” he said.

Laughs all around. Arum continued and came with a zinger reflective of Pacquiao’s second job as a congressman in his native Philippines.

“Until he turns his attention to boxing, all he cares about is politics,” Arum said. “It’s like promoting Obama.”

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Top Rank announces signing of light heavyweight “Irish” Seanie Monaghan

Top Rank Inc. has added yet another potential world champion to its roster with the announcement it has signed light heavyweight contender “Irish” Seanie Monaghan of Long Beach, N.Y.

Monaghan, 31, is 18-0 with 11 knockouts. In his most recent start, he stopped Dion Stanley in the first round in April at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

“It’s an honor to sign with Top Rank,” Monaghan said. “I have really improved and I know Top Rank will work hard to get me the big fights.”

Top Rank chairman Bob Arum is excited about the acquisition.

“We are delighted that Seanie has decided to be promoted by Top Rank,” Arum said. “He is a fan-friendly fighter who has a large and loyal fan base.”

Arum said he expects Monaghan’s first fight under the Top Rank banner to be Oct. 12 on the undercard of the welterweight title fight between Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view).

 

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A fight between stablemates Mikey Garcia and Nonito Donaire would be emotional

Robert Garcia trains his brother, featherweight champion Mikey Garcia, as well as former super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire. The two fighters are managed by the same guy – Cameron Dunkin – as well. Heck, they are even promoted by the same guy – Bob Arum.

With all that, it’s difficult to imagine Mikey Garcia and Donaire ever fighting. However, since quality opponents for them are limited because Top Rank does not do business with rival Golden Boy Promotions, they may at some point have no choice but to square off.

Arum does not like the idea one bit.

“It doesn’t seem to me that there is a chance that it can happen,” Arum said. “They are not only trained by the same guy, they’re managed by the same guy.”
Arum said that used to be a no-no.
“You couldn’t have fighters managed by the same guy, no less guys trained by the same guy, fighting each other,” Arum said. “That never was allowed to happen. Now, apparently, nobody gives a (expletive) anymore. I just think it shouldn’t be allowed. It’s a conflict of interest. Can a lawyer represent both sides in a litigation?”

It was suggested to Arum that perhaps Robert Garcia  could train his brother for that fight and Donaire could use someone else.

“I suppose that would be OK,” he said. “That wouldn’t be the same as two guys being trained by the same person and two guys managed by the same person.”

Robert Garcia really wants no part of this. But he said if the respective fighters wanted it, he would not stand in their way.

“In that situation, it would have to be Donaire’s and MIkey’s decision,” said Robert Garcia, a former super featherweight champion from Oxnard.

Robert Garcia conceded that at some point, the fight may have to happen.

“In that case the best thing to do would be for Donaire to be trained by someone else, Mikey trains with my dad (Eduardo) and me, just go and watch the fight,” said Robert Garcia, who said he and Donaire are also like brothers. “It wouldn’t be easy for me or for Cameron Dunkin. Mikey would be in great hands with my dad, so I wouldn’t worry about that.
“But I would worry about Donaire. Maybe we’re going to get to a situation where there isn’t anything else out there and that fight is going to be a big favorite and Nonito and Mikey agree. I’m not going to force them to not fight each other.”

Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) will defend his title against former champion Juan Manuel Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs) on June 15 at American Airlines Center in Dallas (on HBO). Donaire most recently lost a unanimous decision to Guillermo Rigondeaux in a super bantamweight title-unification bout on April 13. Donaire is expected to move up to featherweight.

 

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