Bob Arum says Manny Pacquiao would never pull a move like Floyd Mayweather Jr did last night. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Top Rank's Bob Arum tells Rick Reeno that he was "disgusted" by the finish of last night's Mayweather vs Ortiz fight, but keep in mind that Arum didn't have a hand in promoting the fight, and if he had, he probably wouldn't be quite so harsh. (He'd probably admit that, too, if in a roundabout way.) Anyway, with that in mind, here's a piece of what Arum had to say:
"I'm disgusted by what I saw. ... [Ortiz] intentionally headbutted Mayweather. It is inexcusable, but he paid the penalty, which was the deduction of one point. That doesn't excuse unsportsmanlike behavior and throwing a cheap shot like Mayweather did. That's not something Pacquiao would do. That's not something that any of the fighters that I had in the eighties would do, like Leonard, Hearns and Hagler. It's just inexcusable behavior."
Arum also criticized referee Joe Cortez, the Nevada veteran who was this year inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, but has taken heat for years due to what many felt have been blown calls and subpar or even incompetent performances that have hampered his bouts.
Like I said, I doubt Arum would be quite so gallant and pro-sportsmanlike conduct if he were the promoter of this fight, but he's not, and there's obviously no love lost between Arum and Mayweather. Boxing promoters beef with who they want to at the time and then could work together the next week if the money was right. Arum hasn't had much nice to say about Floyd in years, but they also haven't made money together in years.
By the way, if Mayweather were a bit more clever and quick, his response here would be, "You know what else Manny Pacquiao won't do? Take the test." Instead it would probably be, "Manny Pacquiao won't make $40 million. Money! Never lost!"