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Arum, Don King fire back at Schaefer

source: abs-cbnnews.com

Legendary promoters Bob Arum and Don King fired back at Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) CEO Richard Schaefer for his recent statements regarding their efforts to forge a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.


Schaefer labelled the 78-year-old promoters with dinosaur names: “D-Rex” for King and “B-Rex” for Arum.

“It doesn't matter if he's jealous. You could say, ‘They’re not good promoters and so forth.’ But it is totally uncalled for and obscene for him to -- in order to attack King and myself -- to keep referring to our age like it means anything. That is really offensive. I mean, that is really offensive,” Arum told Lem Satterfield of BoxingScene.com.

“I mean, I’m promoting as well now as I’ve ever promoted. King is capable of doing the same. And you don’t try to denigrate us by continuing to refer to our age,” continued Arum, who serves as the promoter of Sarangani Rep. Pacquiao, the only 7-division world champion.

“That’s what I take the comments ‘D-Rex’ and ‘B-Rex’ to mean. I mean, come on. It’s like, ‘Haha, very funny,’” he added.

The word war between Schaefer and the camps of Arum and King was sparked by rumors that King is forging a partnership with Mayweather.

Mayweather was being lined up to face Pacquiao in a super fight on November 13. However, the negotiations fell apart for the second time after the GBP promoted Mayweather missed the deadline to agree for the match.

Arum later said that the Pacquiao-Mayweather could push through if the unbeaten American will chooses King as his new promoter.

King: Floyd deserves better from GBP

King, for his part, hit GBP for its lack of respect for Mayweather.

They look at him like he's an indentured servant when in actuality he’s the hottest thing on the planet,” said the boxing promoter, who arranged several legendary fights in the past including the "Thrilla in Manila" fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in the 70s.

King added that he can relate to Mayweather unlike unlike GBP officials who “treat him like he’s a cow or a horse, and like he’s property.”

Schaefer, however, said that Mayweather should actually feel embarrassed for hanging around King.

“For Don to be saying that he can relate to Floyd Mayweather because he speaks ghetto-ese is frankly pretty embarrassing. I mean, if I were Floyd Mayweather, I would frankly feel embarrassed,” said Schaefer.

Floyd Mayweather has become a Madison Avenue darling who commands the respect from Fortune 100 companies. Now, he's got Don King out there talking about ghetto-ese,” he added.

The GBP CEO also advised King to instead focus on promoting his fighters such as Devon Alexander, who recently defended his World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) light welterweight titles.

King and Arum, who were erstwhile rivals in the boxing promotions scene, have collaborated a few times in the past. Among their co-promotions were the fight between Felix “Tito” Trinidad and now GBP owner Oscar de la Hoya in 1999. – With a report from BoxingScene.com


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