Tuesday, December 9, 2014
A Reminder Now That Both Are Unscheduled Again...Alex Ariza On Bob Arum
"Arum said 'The media is like a dumb rock. You just kick it in any direction you want. They'll believe anything you say.' "
"This fight is not happening because of Bob Arum."
"Don't get me wrong. Manny truly wants to fight Floyd, and I know Floyd wants to fight Manny."
"I know it's not going to happen because that was always the agenda. Make sure that Manny doesn't fight Floyd. Michael Koncz, Bob Arum, do not want that fight to happen, have never wanted that fight to happen."
~Alex Ariza, in September 2014 interview with Fight Hype
From this fairly recent interview, Alex Ariza states, just as he did while still working with Manny Pacquiao in a November of 2011 interview, also with Fight Hype, that Bob Arum is a "greedy pig" and essentially goes on about how Arum deliberately blocks this fight from happening. If you aren't familiar with these interviews, for however many grains of salt you choose to take them with, at least read the 2011 interview and watch the 2014 interview I've linked to, to hear what Ariza has to say. In deciding whether to catch these interviews, perhaps also keep in mind the old Cus D'Amato quote "When Bob Arum pats you on the back, he's just looking for a spot to stick the knife." That's a quote that can also be found in quite an impressive list of quotes on Bob Arum in Thomas Hauser's The Black Lights: Inside the World of Professional Boxing. Who do you believe about this issue? I don't know if we should put any faith in the words of Alex Ariza. But I do know that putting faith in the words of Bob Arum is like putting your morning coffee in a colander. You can do it. You might try, if you're in a particularly festive mood, but I don't know if it will leave you with much.
Work that bag,
Basement Gym Boxing
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