What's boxing without a little drama, or at least some contrived drama anyway. Bob Arum went on a blistering tirade to Yahoo Sports to express his displeasure with how the logistics for the upcoming megafight have been taking place, particularly over his side not getting their tickets as soon as he wanted. When asked if this put the fight in jeopardy, Arum responded:
"Fight?" he said in a thunderous tone. "We've got nothing. They're [the MGM] going around saying, 'The fight, the fight, blah, blah, blah,' but they got nothing. They have no contract. Nothing. We haven't even seen a draft. ... What is happening now is absolutely intolerable. For the MGM to think that everything is resolved and so forth, when nobody has even discussed terms, is the most insane thing ever."
The contract Arum is referring to is specifically in regards to ticket allocation between all involved parties. Leonard Ellerbe of Mayweather Promotions insists that all the points were clearly agreed to in the draft term sheet and responded to Arum's outrage by simply saying the old guy is just being melodramatic and sulking because he isn't leading the promotion.
"You have to remember, he went on a profanity-laced tirade ridiculing the MGM and its management. We're not falling for those tactics. Every time he doesn't get his way, he goes running to the press misrepresenting the facts."
"The bottom line is this: Bob cannot stomach the fact that he is not the lead promoter. Reality has set in, and this is typical Bob," said Ellerbe.
Recall that Bob Arum hasn't been on great terms with the MGM Grand ever since he felt that Pacquiao's fight with Tim Bradley at the venue was overshadowed by the many posters of the upcoming Mayweather-Maidana fight at the time. He then publicly ridiculed the MGM and some top executives working there, saying that they were essentially incompetent. But all of this is really much ado about nothing. The MGM just received the tickets for the fight and everyone will get their share as noted in the draft term sheet. But don't expect this to be the last blow up before the fight...