BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Promoter Bob Arum speaks at a press conference announcing an upcoming World Boxing Organization welterweight championship fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley at The Beverly Hills Hotel on February 21, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
The man with the most to gain during last night's (Sat., June 9, 2012) Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, was unquestionably Bob Arum.
Arum is the Top Rank promoter who handles both the men who stepped into the ring last night. However, word around the water cooler is Pacquiao may have been leaving Top Rank in 2013, which would mean Arum would stand to lose a lot of money.
Unless Bradley could emerge victorious and an immediate rematch could take place.
That fact alone has caused many in the media to question whether or not last night's showdown was on the up-and-up. These are big money fights with millions of dollars on the line and with boxing's already shoddy reputation, that was all the evidence needed to convict Arum in the court of public opinion.
His comments at the post-fight press conference (via ESPN) would only make it worse.
At first, Arum expressed outrage, even going so far as to say Bradley told him he thought Pacquiao won the fight.
"I've never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing as I am tonight. Can you believe that? Unbelievable. I went over to Bradley before the decision and he said, `I tried hard but I couldn't beat the guy.' "
It should be noted that Bradley denies ever saying such a thing and his mannerisms in the ring after the bout don't suggest he believes he lost.
But the comment that has folks up in arms is what Arum would say later.
"I'll make a lot of money off the rematch, but this was outrageous."
And there it is, folks. Arum's anger belies the fact that he'll be right back here later this year promoting the rematch, which could very well turn out to be Pacquiao's retirement fight, as his career has been winding down in favor of outside ventures.
It's best to get it while the getting is still good, I suppose. But will we ever know if there was foul play here? Probably not. There isn't likely to be an investigation by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), despite the demands for one, and viewers will likely turn out in droves for the rematch in a few months.
Just another day at the box(ing) office.
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