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Bob Arum's attempt to be apologetic for Mayweather is nauseating!

By Paul Strauss: After fans read the transcript of Arum's conference call, they will be forced to remember Arum is an attorney. He is used to providing information that is accurate, concise, and entirely irrelevant. Arum managed to avoid answering all of the important questions, and kept apologizing for the plight of poor Floyd and his uncle Roger, who possibly faces some prison time for allegedly assaulting a woman.

When Arum was asked if he knows why Floyd hasn't agreed to the fight? He answered no, but asks fans to be sympathetic. Arum would like fans to believe poor Floyd, Jr., who has been fighting all his life, might have to train without his uncle Roger, and that's something he doesn't want to do. Heavens to mergatroid! Floyd must be scared to death about the possibility. Give me a break. Floyd has repeatedly said he and Roger do not formulate a fight plan. The truth is little Floyd knows the training regimen by heart. He could do it in his sleep. Finally, he can get just about anyone (maybe his Dad) to unleash a string of obscenities now and again so he will feel at home.

When Arum was asked if he believed the blood testing issue was resolved? He said he thought so, but hasn't received specific confirmation of that fact. He assures readers that Floyd must have a legitimate reason (a different reason, i.e.absence of Roger) for not making the fight.

When Arum was asked if he really thinks Margarito deserves the fight? He said, he wouldn't get into that until the fight is made, and then he suggests reporters can editorialize about it. Least you forget, Arum believes Margarito is innocent of any wrong doing.

Apparently, Arum thinks another fight with Cotto would work, not necessarily because it would be the best fight out there for fans, but because it would give Manny another title in another weight class. If that were the case, they could have previously made a fight with Yuri Foreman when he held the title. Oh, and Arum implies that Emanuel Stewart, as Cotto's new trainer, might make a big difference. Well, fans know Stewart is a great trainer, but he would be the first one to tell fans that he can't make Miguel any faster, or teach him how take a punch any better?

Finally, Arum suggests that he can't sell a fight between Manny and many of the other fighters because fans haven't heard of them. You know, fighters like Andre Berto, Timothy Bradley, Amir Khan, Devon Alexander, and maybe even Marcos Maidana. Right! No one has ever heard of them. Certainly no one has ever heard of Paul Williams, or Sergio Martinez. You couldn't possibly sell a fight with them!

Just how many lawyers (promoters) does it take to change a light bulb? None, they'd rather keep their clients (fans) in the dark.

Article posted on 18.07.2010



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