Forget About Blaming Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao; Look at Bob Arum and Richard Schaefer
According to ESPN, Bob Arum has officially called off what would have been the highest grossing, most entertaining fight of all time! Yes, you heard me correctly. After hurting the potential international exposure of the fight by turning down a $20 million offer from Jerry Jones to host the event at Cowboys’ Stadium in Dallas, the two promoters, Arum of Top Rank Boxing and Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Productions could not put their personal feelings aside to make this happen.
Say what you will…this had nothing to do with drug testing or defamation lawsuits. This had everything to do with “bad blood” in the relationship between the sport’s two top executives.
A lawsuit between the two promotion companies, that began with a disagreement over Manny Pacquiao’s representation several years ago, has grown into a war that has officially ended a fight that would have helped boxing off of the canvas for good. Would these guys please just get out of the way so those of us who enjoy boxing for the pure sport of it can have match ups like this to look forward to?
Your infantile disagreements and immature egotism are killing the very thing that has made you rich. Your fans deserve to see “Pac Man” and “Pretty Boy”… We don’t deserve you!
This has been a guest post, written by Robert Denton.
Of course, everyone has their own opinions on who should get the blame if the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight truly is finished. And really, everybody played a part.
It’s inexcusable to think that all sides could walk away from a fight that would not only generate $200 million, but would also cement the fighters and their place in history to an entirely new degree. Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey and Floyd Mayweather vs. Paulie Malignaggi in its place?
The bottom line is there is no excuse for this, but some of the blame for Pacquiao vs. Mayweather being canceled belongs with Bob Arum and Richard Schaefer.