Bob Arum: "Floyd Mayweather announced nothing. This is Richard Schaefer's amateurish, infantile way..."

Bob Arum: "Floyd Mayweather announced nothing. This is Richard Schaefer's amateurish, infantile way..."
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (Dec 7, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
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Bob ArumBoxing Promoter Bob Arum
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So what was Boxing promoter Bob Arum's reaction to Floyd Mayweather Jr. announcing that he would be returning to the ring on May 4th and September 14th?

"Floyd Mayweather announced nothing. This is [Golden Boy CEO] Richard Schaefer's amateurish, infantile way to try [and get] reserve dates, which of course doesn't go over," he said on Thursday afternoon at the press room for Pacquiao-Marquez 4.

"Now obviously, if Floyd Mayweather wanted to fight on May 4th, no one’s going to fight against him. If it's a bait-and-switch operation - which it looks like - who cares? Nobody cares. Nobody is going to listen to them.”

Of course it still has to be decided on just who Mayweather will face and which network would distribute the pay-per-view, HBO or Showtime. Those at HBO are dubious about this claim and wonder if this is just another attempt to flex “Mayweather Muscles” and get leverage over the network for its other dates in 2013. But it's another example of how the “Cold War” between Top Rank and Golden Boy (which has promoted all of Mayweather's bouts since 2007) is only intensifying. Arum said of Schaefer, “The man doesn't know what he's doing; he's a Swiss banker. He doesn't understand the sport. He never will. He has the imagination of a Swiss banker - which means none.”


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