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Arum flips out on MGM Grand over Mayweather-Maidana banners

Bob being Bob

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Earlier today at the final press conference for Saturday’s welterweight title rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, Top Rank boss Bob Arum expressed his disgust with the MGM Grand over the various posters and banners for the May 3 welterweight bout between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana.

The advertisements that are found all over the casino angered Arum, who is not thrilled about them being in the casino, with Pacquiao vs. Bradley happening first.

“I’m not going to say it…well, the hell with it. I know that at the Venetian, they wouldn’t make a mistake like this. They would know what fight they have scheduled over the next three or four days,” said Arum, who earlier introduced MGM Grand’s President of Sports and Entertainment, Richard Sturm as “The President of hanging posters for the wrong fight.”

“They wouldn’t have a 12-to-1 fight being advertised all over the building that’s going to take place three weeks from next Saturday. But that’s why one company makes a billion dollars a quarter, and the other hustles to pay its debt. So there it is.”

It’s a wonder if Arum’s comments will result in a falling out between Top Rank and the MGM Grand, which has hosted among others, fights involving Pacquiao, Cotto and Marquez.

After Bradley said his piece regarding the fight, Arum asked Bradley, “Why don’t you ask the guy whose picture is up all over the venue when he’s going to fight somebody who is real?”

Afterward, Arum quipped, “If anything that I said today is incendiary, well, I’m an old guy, and I apologize.”

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