MANILA, Philippines – Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer is once again criticizing his Top Rank counterpart, Bob Arum, after the two sides failed to come to an agreement for a fight between Nonito Donaire and Abner Mares.
Schaefer, who promotes Mares, said in a Boxing Scene interview that Arum and Top Rank were “full of sh*t” after they refused a $3-million offer for Donaire’s services.
“They are full of sh*t. I think people by now know that, they are full of shi*t. If it’s not this excuse, then it’s another excuse,” Schaefer said.
In late January, Schaefer made public a contract offered by Golden Boy to Top Rank, which offered $3 million for the services of Donaire in a fight against Mares.
But Arum rejected the contract, saying that it was not “a real offer.”
“It’s not a contract where a promoter can call it off 15 days before a fight and without any liability. What kind of contract is that?” Arum said.
Schaefer blasted Arum for his statement, claiming the Top Rank boss was only making excuses.
“They said they don’t have it in writing, and then when they have it in writing, (they said) it’s not the right legal language,” he said. “If it’s the right legal language, then it’s because they have relationships with HBO.”
“And if it isn’t something with an HBO relationship and the fight is going to be on HBO – then it’s some other bullsh*t. It’s impossible,” Schaefer said.
Arum previously said it was difficult to work with Golden Boy since they were tied to different networks, with Top Rank holding a contract with HBO and Golden Boy supposedly tied to rival network Showtime.
But Schaefer said Mares is not contractually obligated to fight on Showtime and is willing to negotiate with HBO regarding the fight.
“As it relates to the failed Mares-Donaire situation, I sent an e-mail to HBO encouraging them to push for this fight, and (I told them) I would be happy to sit down with them, if in fact the fight happens, to see if they’re interested,” Schaefer said.
“I don’t know what (Top Rank) is talking about.”
After the negotiations for the Mares fight fell apart, Donaire agreed to fight another fellow champion, Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba, who is also promoted by Top Rank.
Mares, meanwhile, is mulling a move to featherweight.