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Interview: Bob Arum

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photo: Robert Hughes

Fightnews.com caught up with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum at the recent Mikey Garcia vs. Juanma Lopez press conference in Dallas.

On coming back to Dallas after two big fights with Manny Pacquiao at Cowboy Stadium
Dallas is a good, good sports town. This is a great facility. We had a great experience when we did those two fights with Jerry Jones and we’re very pro Texas. We love doing fights whether it’s San Antonio, Houston or Austin a couple weeks ago. There are a lot of boxing fans here in Texas and this is the right place for outstanding card that we are going to have June 15th.

On the fan base in Dallas to support boxing
Does Dallas have a fairly large Hispanic community? The answer is yes. What is the most popular sport among Hispanics in this country? Boxing. So obviously there’s a base.

On co-promoting with Big George Foreman
With his sons, the whole purpose of doing these co-promotions with Foreman Boys Promotion is to break them into the promotion business. They helped us, co-promoted with us in Austin, and had them over in China, Macau. They are going to have a big role in this promotion and my whole goal is for them to fly on their own as soon as they learn the ropes.

On what he expects from Mikey and Juanma
Bang, bang, bang and if Juanma hits anybody on the chin, good night. It’s going to be a very, very exciting fight. You know I saw one of the great featherweight fights of all time, Salvador Sanchez against Wilfredo Gomez at the old Caesar Palace; this is reminiscent of that fight.

On Rios fighting Manny in China
We just thought that Brandon Rios is the kind of fighter that gives Manny Pacquiao all he can handle and make it a very, very exciting fight for the fans. We are going to China, they have this vast audience, vast population and we want to bring them the best in boxing.

If Rios beats Pacquiao
Manny has to evaluate what his future is in boxing, if any. That’s for him to evaluate, not for me.

Rigondeaux calling out Mares and could it ever happen
Well I would like that fight to happen, but knowing Frank Espinoza and what a good manager he is, he is not putting him in with Rigondeaux.

Plans for Rigondeaux
Unfortunately he is Mayweather-light you know and I don’t know necessarily if that translates into fan appreciation but we’re thinking very strongly about having him fight in the Miami area on HBO.

On Mayweather fight not doing as well as expected
I don’t know who the people were that thought other than the Showtime people but really I don’t want to criticize anybody but when you don’t know the business and you don’t understand the business and you make these huge business decisions, they don’t always turn out right.




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