Arum, de la Hoya revive word war

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 21 2011 05:54 PM | Updated as of Nov 22 2011 01:54 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Boxing's top promoters, Bob Arum of Top Rank and Oscar de la Hoya of Golden Boy, seem to be headed for another feud following last weekend's bout between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Peter Manfredo.

Moments after Chavez knocked out Manfredo to remain undefeated, Arum took a swipe at de la Hoya, saying "Look, I don't want to take a shot at Oscar, but he spends more time tweeting than promoting."

De la Hoya has been active on the social networking site Twitter since his retirement, often providing his followers with commentary on boxing matches and sharing his opinion on current fighters.

Arum said that he is interested in putting a fight between Chavez Jr and de la Hoya, who had defeated Chavez Jr's father, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.

"That would be a huge fight given that Oscar beat Chavez Sr twice when he was towards the end of his career. Now it is kind of reversed and I think Chavez Jr. would be very interested in fighting Oscar," Arum was quoted as saying by Boxing Scene.

But de la Hoya did not seem open to the idea, tweeting "Can someone remind Bob Arum that I'm retired?"

"Bob Arum is older now and not thinking right, so I respect that. But what I don't respect is he's trying to take boxing down with his sinking," he added.

Arum and de la Hoya agreed to a truce earlier this year. The two promoters expressed their willingness to work together and promote bigger boxing matches, but their recent comments may cause that truce to fall apart anew.

On his way out

De La Hoya also informed his Twitter followers that Arum was "on his way out of boxing."

"Don't worry people, once Arum is not promoting anymore, I will make sure the sport I dearly believe and love will resurge to its glory days," he tweeted.

"If it was up to me and Bob Arum wasn't around, Golden Boy would do (Manny) Pacquiao vs (Floyd) Mayweather, Chavez Jr. vs (Sergio) Martinez, and Brandon Rios vs (Marcos) Maidana," de la Hoya added.

The former Olympic gold medalist also criticized Arum for blocking the potential Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight.

"I will criticize him for not wanting to make PAC vs mayweather," de la Hoya said.

De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions co-promotes Mayweather's bouts.