Dela Hoya apologizes to Pacquiao, Arum

By Dennis Gasgonia,

Posted at May 27 2011 01:34 AM | Updated as of May 28 2011 01:45 AM

Dela Hoya apologizes to Pacquiao, Arum 1MANILA, Philippines – Boxing legend-turned promoter Oscar dela Hoya sought to end his long-standing feud with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao and rival promoter Bob Arum by airing an apology through Twitter.

Dela Hoya, who recently committed himself to a rehabilitation facility in California, addressed a heartfelt apology to Pacquiao and Arum in a 5-part tweet.

“Dear Bob Arum, first I would like to humbly apologize for any pain I have caused to you and or your family,” the Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) owner said through his Twitter account.

“I also want to apologize to Manny Paquiao for any wrongdoing in my part. You are a great champion,” Dela Hoya added.

Dela Hoya has been at odds with Pacquiao since he took part in an alleged effort to discredit the Filipino champion.

Dela Hoya apologizes to Pacquiao, Arum 2Together with controversial boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and several others, Dela Hoya insinuated that Pacquiao’s recent successes in the boxing ring may have been a result of performance enhancing drug (PED) use.

The allegation was made during the first round of negotiations for a multimillion-dollar superfight between Pacquiao and Mayweather.


Dela Hoya appealed for cooperation from Arum, owner of rival promoting company Top Rank, to help in putting up the best fights to uplift the sport of boxing.

“With great humility I ask we work together for the good of the sport we dearly love. It is not fair to the fans and to the fighters,” he said.

“Let's move forward… and show the world what we are capable of doing,” Dela Hoya added.

Dela Hoya apologizes to Pacquiao, Arum 3Arum has waged several legal wars with Dela Hoya in the past. The most vicious ones were over the promotional rights of Pacquiao and his fellow Filipino boxer, Nonito Donaire Jr.

Dela Hoya, a 10-time world champion, used to fight under Arum’s Top Rank Inc. before setting up his own promotional firm.

He announced his retirement from professional boxing months after being given an 8-round beating by Pacquiao in 2008.

Early this week, Dela Hoya committed himself to a rehabilitation center because of substance abuse.