Whenever something doesn’t go according to plan, blame will inevitably be handed out. Manny Pacquiao’s stunning loss to Juan Manuel Marquez is no exception. In the direct aftermath of that bout, once everyone came to terms with what happened how it radically shifted the current boxing landscape, the natural inclination became to hand out responsibility for how things went down.
Pacquiao was held to account for initially delaying his training, being distracted, and his careless attack plan during the fight itself. Freddie Roach was found to be culpable for not getting his fighter prepared – despite the fact that Roach never wanted this specific bout in the first place. Heck, even Marquez got some blame – what with folks saying that he might have been on illicit substances and all.
Well, now a new person is being held responsible for Dec. 8’s end result. That new person? Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum.
“I’m the biggest Pacquiao fan ever, and I bet on Marquez,” White said recently (via Larry Brown Sports). “Dumbest fight in history. Bob Arum’s a moron. You don’t take that fight, you idiot! Why would you do that fight? It’s all about the money, that’s why.
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“That was a money fight, that’s what that fight was done for.”
Clearly the UFC boss is pointing out how close Pacquiao-Marquez II and Pacquiao-Marquez III were, with many believing that Marquez earned the decision in at least one of those fights. Mind you, the competitive nature of each of those matches is precisely why Roach argued against accepting a fourth showdown.
“[Pacquiao] should have fought [Timothy] Bradley. Bradley’s the fight they should have done. He would have knocked Bradley out, he would have got his belt back and now he’s back in the position he should have been in,” White continued.
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“[Pacquiao's] one of the best fighters in the world. He goes out and fights Marquez again? Bob Arum is the dumbest promoter in the history of the world.”
There is no doubt that Bradley would have been an easy foe for Pacquiao, however, the demand to see that fight wouldn’t have been anywhere even remotely close to what we had for this one. Then again, that’s probably what White means by “that was a money fight.”
And it is worth noting, few in the business know how to protect their super fights like the UFC head honcho. Just last week he passed up on an opportunity to pair Georges St-Pierre with Johny Hendricks in favor of giving Nick Diaz, a much less deserving opponent, a shot at the welterweight champ. If that isn’t a blatant example of protecting fighters, I don’t know what is.
What do you think: how much blame does Bob Arum deserve for what happened two Saturdays ago?
(Kudos Larry Brown Sports)