Bob Arum will be in a very unique position when Saturday night rolls around. Arum is well known as the outspoken promoter for Manny Pacquiao. However, Arum also promotes Pacquiao’s opponent Saturday night, Timothy Bradley. While many people continue to wait for the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight that may or may not happen, fight fans should be in for treat Saturday night and Pacquiao could be in danger of having another blemish on his record.
Bob Arum joined 790 the Zone in Atlanta to talk about Saturday night’s fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, who he is going to be rooting for given that both guys are his fighters, whether he thinks a Pacquiao win over Bradley will lead to a fight with Floyd Mayweather and what he thinks of the fight this weekend between Pacquiao and Bradley.
What he thinks of Timothy Bradley and Saturday’s fight:
“They’re both my guys. I promote Tim too. Not as long as I have promoted Manny but Tim has really impressed me. He’s a really good kid from a great family and I thought nobody could work as hard as Manny Pacquiao in training but this kid does.”
What fighter he will be rooting for given that both guys are his fighters:
“See I sit with my family. I sit in the front row so the camera is on me a lot and you will see nothing but a poker face because all I want is for it to be a great fight so that the fans are entertained. Whoever wins, it’s going to be up to those two guys who are in the ring. All I look for is an entertaining fight because this is June and come November I have to sell another big fight.”
Whether a Pacquiao win would lead to a fight with Floyd Mayweather:
“We hope so. What we will distribute after the fight is over, if Manny wins, is we have a draft contract that we received from the Mayweather camp which we are prepared to sign immediately. That contract was clear. There was never any issue except how the drug testing would be done and now that that is solved there are no issues. Unfortunately I really believe that Floyd doesn’t want to do the fight. The reason he doesn’t want to do the fight is, look I promoted him for 10 years and a half years, you have to understand that Floyd is a genius when it comes to boxing. The one thing that he has never been able to do well is to fight a southpaw, particularly a fast southpaw. Look at the two fairly good southpaws that he fought. He fought (DeMarcus) Corley who almost had him out and then he fought Zab Judah who was beating the hell out of him until Zab stopped fighting. His whole style and everything is geared against a right-handed fighter. So Manny who is very, very fast and his power punch, has a really good one and is his left hand, is very dangerous for Floyd, less dangerous than for Bradley because still has his legs and can move. As he showed in the Cotto fight, Floyd doesn’t have legs anymore. Floyd has brilliant reflexes, great tactician, can fight off the ropes as he has shown but he can’t move anymore. Bradley is young enough so that the legs move.”
If there are plans in place for a Mayweather fight against Pacquiao:
“We have a draft contract that they prepared that we are prepared to sign if Pacquiao wins this fight. We’re prepared to sign it. It’s not our contract, it’s one they sent us and we’re prepared to sign it. (Host: How long have you had it for?) Two years. We’re prepared to sign it. It’s a 50/50 deal and if they want to change it and say make it 45/45 and 10 to the winner then were agreed to that as long as there is parity.”
What kind of fight he expects to see on Saturday between Bradley and Pacquiao:
“Manny Pacquiao is a great, great fighter and he has a tremendous punch and he’s very, very resourceful but the one guy you can never beat is Father Time. In Tim Bradley, he has an undefeated, young and aggressive guy and we all just got finished seeing what happened in the Western Conference Basketball Finals. You had some of the great players in history in San Antonio and they got off to a 2-0 start and they were playing a young, inexperienced team and youth shows. Guys like (Kevin) Durant, (Russell) Westbrook, (James) Harden are future stars. There’s always that situation. Experience and youth. That’s always what happens in sports and we’re going to see on Saturday night the experienced guy who has been great, has stopped (Oscar) De La Hoya, knocked out (Miguel) Cotto, knocked out (Ricky) Hatton against young, up and coming, aggressive guy, has his whole life in front of him, this fight will change his whole life, he hasn’t lost before. Youth. Experience against youth and that’s the law of the jungle. The old lion against the young lion. This young lion has a lot of confidence and that doesn’t mean he can beat the old lion but if he doesn’t have confidence there’s no way he can beat the old lion.”