Bob Arum was extremely angry about the result of the clearly fixed Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao fight Saturday night. Arum is the promoter for both fighters, but he said he was angry at the result. However, he also said he was going to make a lot of money off of the rematch. To me, Arum is becoming too much like The Sultan from the boxing movie “The Great White Hype.”
If you have not seen the movie, Samuel L. Jackson plays a crooked promoter who is only concerned about the bottom line. He is not above rigging fights and manipulating the media in order to secure a big payday. If you heard any of what Bob Arum said after the fight last night, he is nearly a replica of Jackson’s character. Neither man seems to care about the sport, but only about the money.
I have no sympathy for Bob Arum. He can feign outrage about the outcome as much as he wants, but he still profits off of this like no other. Both fighters are under his promotion wing, so I think he may have had a hand in creating a rematch. I can not prove anything, but a rematch between these two fighters only benefits Arum. It does not hurt him at all.
When boxing starts resembling a movie that was made to poke fun at it, you know you have some issues. Bob Arum is going down a road that can only hurt the sport. Boxing may be dead after that fight, but don’t worry. Bob Arum/The Sultan are still going to make money at the expense of every fan that paid for a clearly fixed fight.