Bob Arum’s role in the fight that never was between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been well documented.
If you believe Pacquiao, Arum is a good, important and reliable figure in his life who has helped steer his career in the right direction. Furthermore, according to Pacquiao, Arum wants this much-ballyhooed fight to happen. If you believe Mayweather, though, Arum is a smarmy (our word, not his) money-grubber who is standing in the way of a potential Dream Match that everyone wants to see. That’s the gist of pretty much every opinion that Mayweather has offered on Top Rank’s Boss of all Bosses over the past year and change.
Now, it’s worth noting that it’s very difficult to take Mayweather’s word about anything seriously anymore. This is a guy who routinely forgets why specifically he won’t fight his Filipino arch rival, so his latest claims that the bout will happen when Pacquiao leaves Arum should be taken with a grain of salt.
That being said, the fact that Arum’s two cents are completely and totally unnecessary at this point isn’t even up for debate. Unless he wants to come out and say that he will advise Pacquiao to agree to the fight at any cost, he can keep his “yesterday I was lying, today I’m telling the truth” statements all to himself. Nothing good can come from Arum talking.
We've said this for years. But did he listen to us? Of course not.
During a recent interview with ESPN 110 in Las Vegas, Arum found a brand new way to stick his foot into his enormously big mouth. Here was his take on Mayweather’s ability to promote an agenda:
“For two years Pacquiao has said that he will take any drug test, whoever administers it, so why is that still being talked about by Mayweather?” Arum said according to Sports Radio Interviews via (Larry Brown Sports). “You see Mayweather is from the school of propaganda that Joseph Goebbels, who was (Adolf) Hitler’s publicist, adopted. The more you say things over and over again the more people believe them.”
At what point will people realize that referencing Hitler in any non-World War II discussion is probably not a great idea? There are so many fantastic adjectives in the world, must we really associate people we don’t like with one of the worst, most gruesome human beings in world history? (Or, in this case, one of his closest associates.)
Once again: if Arum wants to open his mouth about Pacquiao vs. Mayweather, it should only be in reference to his guy being willing to accept whatever horrible offer is presented to him. Outside of that, nobody wants to hear a single thing that Arum has to say.
(Kudos to Larry Brown Sports for the find)