Bob Arum “I can only blame myself for not really listening to him” [Mayweather]






When we look back at a possible Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight never happening, it could come down to the relationship with Mayweather and Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum who previously promoted Mayweather as well. Mayweather felt he was not promoted properly by Arum. Arum revealed on the Sirius XM Radio Show that indeed Mayweather was right.

“When I look back at it, I say the fault was mine,” Arum stated. The reason I say the fault was mine because I started in an era with Foreman, Ali, and Frazier, but it was a different era. I wasn’t in tuned to what was happening in the African-American community and the whole hip-hop phenomenon. The fact that you had radio now, internet, and the base that Floyd was asking me to reach the African-American community and my idea of the African-American community and that was no longer the young, urban community that Floyd was talking about.”

Arum commends Mayweather for being able to do for him on his own what Arum failed to do as his promoter.

“So after he left me he was able to exploit that demographic and to his credit he was able to really capitalize on it,” explained Arum. “So I can only blame myself for not really listening to him but not knowing how to do it.”

The question was posed about burying a hatchet with Mayweather to making the fight happen. Arum’s response to the show’s host was, “I got no hatchet to bury with Floyd. I have no problem with Floyd, and he has no problem with me. Other than the fact that when he was with us, we didn’t do the job that we should have done with him because we didn’t know what the hell he was talking about.”

A lot has been said by Mayweather and others that a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao only happens if Arum is not involved. However, seeing that he’s Pacquiao’s promoter that us unlikely. So the clock is ticking, and everyone knows it, including Arum.

“It’s got to happen now because its got to the point where people are finally going to tune out. The patience will be at the end. It’s got to happen now or else it’s not going to happen.”