Well, at least they’re finally making it official.
Speaking with reporters in preparation for the May 7 Manny Pacquiao vs. ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley bout, Top Rank head honcho Bob Arum had this to say regarding fighters from his camp squaring off against fighters from Golden Boy:
"Manny Pacquiao will never fight a Golden Boy fighter. Why will we not put Manny Pacquiao in with a Golden Boy fighter? Because they defamed him. They defamed a guy whose aspiration is to be president of his country and a world leader," said Arum (and BoxingScene.com recounted).
"They said that he cheated and that he took performance enhancing drugs with no basis at all. None at all," said Arum. "And they were the ones who started the whole thing. So, if you're Manny Pacquiao, do you want them to be involved with your promotion after they did a horrendous thing like that?"
Considering the fact that the only capable fighters that aren’t under the Top Rank umbrella belong to Golden Boy, the real losers in all this -- as usual -- are boxing fans. At his age, it’s shocking that Arum would still resort to this type of pettiness, but here it is, in black and white.
Arum, of course, continues to shirk any and all blame that he and Pacquiao deserve for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight never happening. There can never be enough PR wins for these guys.
Soak in this Pacquiao-Mosley showdown, because if Golden Boy opponents are off limits, it’s unlikely that you’ll see a better fight courtesy of Top Rank any time soon.