By: Julio Garcia
Bob Arum is a complex person. At times he says or does things that make you say, “right on Bob,” while other times he leaves you scratching your head, thinking to yourself “dude what the hell?”
It’s been a while since I’ve had a what the hell moment with Bob Arum but not long after the Terrence Crawford fight that moment came. Arum had stated that he lost a tremendous amount of money in Crawford’s last three fights. Arum also stated that he could end up going broke if he continued promoting Crawford and things keep going this way. Blame was also put on Crawford by Aram for not promoting himself the way fighters like Teofimo Lopez promote themselves.
There are a few issues with these statements. Number one is Arum is the promoter. His job is to promote. You will often see fighters promoting themselves hard when they fight for smaller promoters and they aren’t established as top fighters. Crawford should not have to go out of his way to promote himself. Loma never (or hardly) did. Number two, the amount of money you gain or lose from a fighter should be discussed behind closed doors. You’re the promoter if you feel you’re not turning a profit fix it on your end. Number 3, if you feel you are going to lose all your money then release Crawford because he does not want to deal with this nonsense.
Maybe Arum has gone mad. Maybe with age, he cares less about what he says, but this is not the first time he has had issues promoting top fighters. Arum once had Guillermo Rigondeaux under its promotional banner and he was one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Top Rank failed horribly to promote him properly. Certain fighters may not fit into your mindset of entertaining buy as a promoter you are supposed to find a way to sell them to the fans.