[Video] Arum Pulls No Punches PacBrad Press Conference
LAS VEGAS, NV –
Today’s final press conference may have been for Pacquiao vs. Bradley but Top Rank Chief Bob Arum stole the show.
With everything being said that could possibly be said about this weekend’s anticipated rematch, Arum took the opportunity to get a few things off his chest with regards to the MGM accommodations, rival promoter Golden Boy Promotions, and the fighting odds of this weekend’s card vs. Golden Boy/Mayweather Promotions upcoming ‘The Moment’ fight card.
With the ‘The Moment’ roughly four weeks away, Arum took issue with the fact that MGM Grand was ablaze with promotional materials for the May 3rd fight instead of the fight happening this weekend.
On Floyd Mayweather:
“Why don’t you ask when, the guy who’s picture is up all over the building [Floyd Mayweather], when he’s going to fight somebody real,”
Introducing MGM President of Sports and Entertainment Richard Sturm as “the President of hanging posters for the wrong fight,” Arum fired once Sturm’s address to the crowd was complete.
“I’m not going to say it…well, the hell with it. I know that at the Venetian, they wouldn’t make a mistake like this. They would know what fight they have scheduled over the next three or four days.”
“They wouldn’t have a 12-to-1 fight being advertised all over the building that’s going to take place three weeks from next Saturday. But that’s why one company makes a billion dollars a quarter, and the other hustles to pay its debt. So there it is.”
On the prestige of the fighters on the undercard and betting odds vs. fighters appearing on the rival promoters upcoming card:
“There are 3 really good fights [on the undercard]. All fights, maybe not the biggest names in the world, but all fights that are even money or 2 to 1, unlike 15 to 1 fights with a big guy who ought to be locked up for the way he tweets. But again, you pay your money, you take your choice. Also, none of the fighters on the card had to pay anybody off to get on the card, unlike how some other people operate on some other networks. That was an old tactic that Frankie Carbo used, but it doesn’t go with HBO or Top Rank.”
Ending on the a high note, he apologized … sort of
“If whatever I said was incendiary, I’m an old guy and I apologize.”
Which fighter should be locked up for the way he tweets? I have my ideas but I’ll let you fill in the blank as you see fit. Watch the press conference in it’s entirety below.