Bob Arum: “Mayweather is from the school of propaganda that Joseph Goebbels, who was Hitler’s publicist, adopted”

May 9, 2012 – 10:45 am by Chris Fedor

On Saturday night Floyd Mayweather Jr. got into the ring against Miguel Cotto and despite being hit more than I can remember and pushed harder than he has been recently, Mayweather kept his unblemished record intact with a unanimous decision. Every time Mayweather fights and wins, the questions about fighting Manny Pacquiao in the future are not far behind though. The two guys are the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport and it’s the fight that everyone wants to see. Unfortunately it just doesn’t seem likely at this point. There has been so much back and forth and so many negotiations that have come up empty that it just seems like a letdown to even think about the possibility of the fight happening. They have debated on the amount of money, drug testing, where the fight will actually be held and I’m not sure what can actually be done to make this fight happen.

Bob Arum joined ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas with Gridlock to talk about how difficult the negotiations have been with Floyd Mayweather to get a fight with Manny Pacquiao done, what he has to do to get the fight to happen, whether Manny Pacquiao would be willing to do any kind of drug test to make the fight happen and where they would want the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight to take place if there an agreement can get done.

(Editor’s note: It appears the beginning of this interview was cut off and it comes in late.)

On the difficulty of the negotiations with Mayweather:

“Well sure it is and it’s time to really talk it up. It’s outrageous. What do you mean take the test? 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? 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. The fact is clear that Pacquiao has agreed to unlimited drug testing so that is not an issue and for two years everybody agreed that the proceeds would be split 50/50. Now there’s an excuse and he doesn’t want to split it 50/50 so we say ‘okay here’s the deal. Let’s make it 45/45 to each fighter and then 10 percent, the missing 10 percent goes to the winner.’ (Host: You proposed that?) Yeah. (Host: What did he say?) What did he say? ‘Take the test!’ Or ‘I don’t want to get hurt.’ Don’t you understand? Look one thing about Floyd he’s a genius when it comes to boxing. He would be a great matchmaker. He knows styles and the fact is he knows that it would be extremely difficult for him to beat Pacquiao because Pacquiao is a fast, left-hander who hits with tremendous power in his left hand. I promoted Floyd for over 10 years and anytime you raised the prospect with him of fighting a southpaw he went crazy. Now with Pacquiao who has all that power and all that speed he doesn’t want Pacquiao. It’s clear. Everything he says is an excuse.”

What he has to do as a promoter to get this fight to happen:

“See why do you want it from us? Why do you want it from us? He says I don’t want to do a 50/50 split anymore and we say ‘okay if you think you’re so good then we will do 45/45 and 10 to the winner.’ If he wanted to do it less than 45/45 and the balance to the winner we’d be happy to do that also. Then he says well ‘he’s now entitled to more because I do better pay-per-view numbers than Pacquiao.’ The answer is no you don’t. No you don’t. We will match pay-per-view numbers over the last couple of years. Secondly when you look at the gate, our tickets are sold and Pacquiao brings in gamblers from all over the world. Mayweathers’ tickets sell for a discount on the face value and they clog up the streets. You know that.”

Whether Pacquiao would agree to any form of testing:

“Of course we would do any legitimate drug testing. We would to USADA, VADA, both I think are legitimate and we would do either one.”

Where the fight would be held if the two sides come to an agreement:

“I met with the MGM people and they have shown me the plans of where they would put up a temporary 40,000 seat stadium, they would get a license to keep it up for a year and maybe extend it for a year and they proposed a deal where the fighters would agree to fight and then there would be an automatic rematch some months later. (Host: Where is that location Bob?) It’s right near the Luxor. They have a very, very good space there, they showed me the plans, the plans are beautiful and it would be a great boxing experience, great press facility.”

Listen to Bob Arum on ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas here

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  1. 37 Responses to “Bob Arum: “Mayweather is from the school of propaganda that Joseph Goebbels, who was Hitler’s publicist, adopted””

  2. So much for Team Pacquiao and Bob Arum agreeing to take the test:–41329

    By Brandon on May 9, 2012

  3. @ Brandon, Did you care to check the date of the link that you posted here?

    By Penoy on May 9, 2012

  4. It is obvious, Floyd always comes out with new demands. Everytime he opens his mouth, ” take the test, take the test “. On their second negotiation, few years back. Manny had agreed to take the test.

    By ROBERTO on May 9, 2012

  5. Floyd IS a NAZI!

    By Joe on May 9, 2012

  6. Manny don’t do numbers like floyd why 45/45 or 50/50. Let’s see him do PPV like floyd n then talk it out.

    By tani on May 10, 2012

  7. floyd dont wanna fight pacman.floyd is a chickennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn………………………………

    By jesus de guzman on May 10, 2012

  8. floyd is a big GAY,,,,,

    By jimbo laguerta..... on May 11, 2012

  9. just look at his name,,,MAYWEATHER,,,,,
    the weather is always changing,,,,,

    By jimbo laguerta..... on May 11, 2012

  10. I completely agree with Bob Arum. Pacquiao is quicker, two-fisted, his right has power, his left hits even harder, he is a volume puncher,has twice mayweather’s work rate, FMJ, the vaunted defensive artist, has no defense for Pacman’s left hook and straight. FMJ’s fight with Cotto showed that he could be in over his head with Pacman. I honestly think FMJ has just been making excuses over the last several years to avoid a fight.Pacman will knock him out.

    By arthur on May 11, 2012

  11. gayfraud got exposed big time!!!yes he won incredibly with highest margin which is too impossible to comprehend,as we see it in his battered face and a broken nose!!! it doesn’t matter what they say now, he’s just been exposed, cotto was the aggressor and he could not feel anything on the fraud’s punches, he was thinking he was just being tap every round, he,he,he, and he would have been exposed last year buttttttt!! he suckerpunch the kid!!he is thinking of retiring again trying to find another excuse not to face pacman!!! his unblemish record was due to cherypicking and he never face a real boxer like cotto, he knows that, that’s why he duck him 6 years ago, he tought at 154 he see a slow cotto, he was for a big surprise!! as pacman said when he was ask before the fight,” gayfraud does not know the power of cotto”!!!!

    By junsepara on May 11, 2012

  12. My guess maintaining the “0” record in his legacy is more important to Mayweather. I have a notion that Mayweather is suffering from jealousy over Pacquiao. Bob Arum was his promoter for 10 years which ended in 2006. Then Arum saved Pacquiao from Dela HOya in late 2007. Since then when Arum starts promoting and protecting Pacquiao who suddenly become popular, then Mayweather starts discrediting Pacquiaos recognition and achievement while insulting Arum in any possible he can. He never did that before when Pacquiao was all over Morales, Barrera and Marquez when he was still under by another promoter. It seems like a son who feels his father Arum abandoned him completely.

    By Ros on May 11, 2012

  13. Hey Arum, don’t forget, Floyd worked directly under you for a few years. He learned all this crap from you!

    By Brett on May 11, 2012

  14. @brandon You are one of the propagandist of Floyd “Flawed” keep on repeating things until people believe the false is the truth.

    By SimpleTech on May 11, 2012

  15. @brett nice point there. But as much as I’ve wanted to believe Floyd, it’s just so hard to do so.

    By SimpleTech on May 11, 2012

  16. TO ALL THE DUMB ASS: NO ppv means: “i will not fight Manny unless i get $200+ million U.S Dollars” and only $40million for Manny.

    By jack on May 11, 2012

  17. FLOYDS VERY OWN WORD from his Anal mouth:
    Gayweather>”Give me $100million Purse money and ill fight Manny”
    Gayweather>”Give me the $200million PPV money and ill fight Manny”
    Gayweather> “Give me the $600million PPV+PURSE money and Manny fights for free. Also with Manny’s knock out left fist tied behind his back then ill fight Manny”

    By jack on May 11, 2012










    By jack on May 11, 2012

  19. FLOYD’s SYMPTOM: steroidabuse com/how-to-spot-a-steroid-user.html
    Extreme mood swings
    increased aggression or irritability
    becomes disrespectful or abusive (verbally and/ or physically)
    poor decision making stemming from feelings of invincibility
    becomes secretive and/ or starts lying
    withdraws from family members
    depression (usually when steroids are discontinued)
    hallucinations = seeing or hearing things tht aren’t there
    paranoia – extreme feelings of mistrust of fear

    By jack on May 11, 2012

  20. Mayweather and many of his supporters hate Arum, but honestly Mayweather should also be greatfull to Bob Arum. Whether Mayweather don´t want to admit it or not, Bob Arum helped him a lot. He spent time, money promoting him for 10 years to make him what he is today. But Floyd chooses to outsmart and be a businessman like Arum by leaving him. That was agreed and had a mutual consent. Mayweather should also remember the time he was begging Bob Arum to be his promoter. If Arum earned a lot because of him, it´s only fair enough because Arum investested a lot of money and sweat making him well known today. The reality is his talent being a boxer is not enough. There are lots of unknown and undiscovered boxers who are not lucky enough cause they don´t have connection or someone known who can hekp them. Mayweather is not easy person to dealt with. He changes his statements every 10 minutes even it was recorded or taped in a video. How can u believe to someone as paranoid as Mayweather? He blames everyone to his miseries.

    By Ros on May 12, 2012

  21. i firmly believe the old man (bob)than mayweather(s). i think it’s negative…manny vs floyd will not happen anymore.

    By marco on May 12, 2012

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