Bob Arum on Juan Manuel Lopez, Kelly Pavlik, Andre Ward, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and more - Updates

Bob Arum on Juan Manuel Lopez, Kelly Pavlik, Andre Ward, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and more - Updates
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (Nov 16, 2012) Doghouse Boxing

Bob Arum
On Thursday, it was announced that the Secretary of Sports and Recreation of Puerto Rico has pardoned Juan Manuel Lopez's one-year suspension, meaning he’s now free to resume his career immediately. Lopez had been suspended for a full year for the incendiary remarks he made toward referees Robert Ramirez Sr. and Jr. after his second consecutive knockout loss at the hands of Orlando Salido in March.
“It's about time,” said Bob Arum, whose company, Top Rank, co-promotes “JuanMa.” Now the focus is on making a fight with Lopez and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. on January 19th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden as part of an HBO tripleheader. “Hopefully we can make the fight; we're trying to make the fight now. I don't know where we are exactly but [Top Rank Vice President] Carl Moretti is negotiating the fight.”
One of the hurdles in making this Puerto Rican grudge match a reality is the weight in which this bout will be contested. Lopez is said to be moving up to 130 while Vazquez Jr. still campaigns at 122 pounds. “The weight is one of the issues,” Arum admitted, “but y’ know, my guys will get it done. I'm optimistic.”
As for Kelly Pavlik facing Andre Ward in late January, Arum told Maxboxing, “We told [Goossen Tutor] how much we need and we're waiting to hear back from them.”
It's very simple. Can Goossen Tutor (or really, HBO) make it worth its while for them to throw in Pavlik?

“We told them what we needed; we're willing to play ball and get it done. But Kelly wants a certain amount of money and we have an investment in Kelly; we have to get paid,” said Arum on Thursday afternoon from Mexico. “So if it's too much money, we'll have to get another opponent. But again, it's a business deal; everybody is working together and if it can't be done, it can’t be done. Kelly, if we can't make the fight with Ward, we can perhaps make Kelly against [Julio Cesar] Chavez Jr. in the spring.”

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