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Bob Arum: Oscar has really got his act together

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

On a record-breaking scorching hot Southern California afternoon, Fightnews.com caught up with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum Thursday. Arum, who was at the Forum in Inglewood for the Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Mike Alvarado final press conference, shared his thoughts with us on this weekend’s matchup, as well as Manny Pacquiao taking on the winner, Timothy Bradley’s return, and his meeting with Oscar De La Hoya.

On Marquez-Alvarado:
“I think it’s an excellent matchup. One of the greatest fighters in our era now over 40 and he is fighting this young lion Mike Alvarado. I think a lot of advantages go to Alvarado, but Marquez I think is going to try to out-think Alvarado.”

On the return of boxing to the Forum:
“The forum has meant so much for boxing, particularly as far as Hispanic fighters are concerned. This was the hotbed for them. I remember 41 years ago I promoted Ali-Norton in this building and now it’s wonderful, after this hiatus, for boxing to come back and to come back with somebody from that old era in Juan Manuel Marquez.

On the Marquez-Alvarado winner facing Manny Pacquiao:
“I talked with Pacquiao. He is prepared to face the winner of this fight. It’s up to the winner if they want to fight Pacquiao.”

On former champion Timothy Bradley’s potential return:
“Bradley is one of the best fighters, a great guy, a credit to boxing, and I look forward to his return to the ring this fall.”

On Oscar de la Hoya:
“It was a real pleasure to all sit together, Todd, myself, with Oscar. I think great things are going to happen…I am really pleased he’s being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in June and I will be there.”

On the highly publicized feud between Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer and Golden Boy President Oscar De la Hoya:
“Oscar has really got his act together and he realizes that the guy who is his CEO was looting his company trying to steal it from him and Oscar is a fighter. He’s not going to let that happen.”

On Top Rank and Golden Boy working together again:
“I would like nothing better than to do business with his (Oscar’s) company and promote more fights with him, with his fighters going up against my Top Rank fighters. That would be great for the sport.”

Questions contact me at coachmiguelban@yahoo.com or Twitter @MigMaravilla




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