MANILA, Philippines – Legendary fighter-turned-boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya has explained why he has been critical of Top Rank, Inc.’s Bob Arum.
De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, said he has been venting his ire on Arum’s alleged refusal to make big fights like the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout.
He claimed that his CEO, Richard Schaefer, has repeatedly been trying to reach Arum for talks on the fight many boxing fans are waiting for.
“So you guys understand why I'm bashing bob for not wanting to make fights happen on twitter is because we have tried over and over and... over again and doesn't even have the curtasy (sic) to call back. my ceo richard has tried many months ago and nothing from Arum,” De La Hoya said through Twitter.
De La Hoya and Arum have been at odds since the former tried to pirate Pacquiao from Top Rank in 2006.
Although Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank Inc. later settled their dispute through court mediation, the word war between De La Hoya and Arum hasn't stopped.
Ironically, Arum used to handle De La Hoya's fights.
Arum has denied blocking the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.
He has said that he doesn't have to negotiate with Golden Boy Promotions because Mayweather isn't under De La Hoya's promotional firm.