NEW YORK NY - FEBRUARY 14: Boxing promotor Bob Arum looks on at a press conference to promote the Manny Pacquiao v Shane Mosley fight at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on February 14 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
"You know what? We still are sticking firm. I think [Pacquiao vs. Mayweather is] the fight that everybody wants to see. Here's the thing, Dana White is 100-percent absolutely correct. Bob Arum is a greedy pig. Now I see. That's exactly why Dana White has been so successful and Bob Arum sees him as such a threat, because he puts the fights together that the people want to see. It's about putting the best fights on. That's why people love the UFC so much, because the fights are so competitive. Even though he had the biggest fight with Nick Diaz and they went back and forth at each other, Dana did the right thing by the sport and he still put him and B.J. Penn together and made them fight. Arum hates Floyd Mayweather, can't stand him, doesn't want to see him make a dollar, can't stand Golden Boy, doesn't want to do business with them, but instead of doing what's best for the sport, what's best for the fans, and what's best for the fighters because they'll get the payday of a lifetime, no, it's all about him. 'I don't like him, so fuck him!' I mean, right or wrong? Unless you can tell me and convince me otherwise, because I'm thoroughly convinced and believe that Floyd really does want to have this fight. I think he really wants to have this fight. As far as he knows, he's right. He's right. Bob is the one interfering and fucking shit up."
Sounds like Dana White has yet another (unlikely) ally in his beef with boxing blowhard Bob Arum. After promoter Lou DiBella took Arum to task back in August, Alex Ariza, strength and conditioning coach for Manny Pacquiao, told Fight Hype the UFC President was a "threat" to the Arum establishment because mixed martial arts fans (mostly) get the "competitive" fights they want to see. Any loyalists to the "sweet science" think Ariza is oversimplifying things? Would Pacquiao vs. Mayweather have already happened without Arum's "interference?" Or does the blame game extend far beyond just one man? Thoughts? For more on the war of words between White and Arum click here.