Arum’s correct, but not on winner


Bob Arum was right there was going to be a knockout. AP Photo

LAS VEGAS—Promoter Bob Arum was right all along.

The fourth showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez was a blockbuster and it did end via knockout.

Only it was his favorite fighter, Pacquiao, who ended up on the losing end in a shocking sixth-round stoppage.

Early sales figures would have been enough to put a smile on the face of Arum, who turned 81 on fight night Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

A full-house crowd of 16,348 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, gate receipts of $10,886,000, strong pay-per-view and closed-circuit sales, and phenomenal foreign television returns were right on target, as Arum predicted.

“We did good,” said Arum, adding that Pacquiao-Marquez 4 is certain to eclipse the returns of the third edition. “There was no discount, no nothing, no nonsense.”

“Didn’t I say that there’s going to be a knockout (in this fight),” said Arum.

While he is willing to stage a fifth fight, Arum hinted it may take a while due to the nature of punishment both fighters endured.

Arum also said he wasn’t entirely surprised that the 39-year-old Marquez got the better of the 34-year-old Pacquiao.

“(George) Foreman knocked out (Michael) Moorer when he was 44.”

Then he said the punchline: “Look at me.”

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  • Karabukov

    Bob Arum is on top of his game. He wins whichever way it goes.

  • batangpaslit

    sia and director….alam nia kung paano mag drama para mas maraming benta sa sunod na staged fight

  • LegalJustice


  • southernsons

    That’s life. You can’t be on top for lifetime. No more excuses.

  • eboypinoy68

    Some people say Marquez will have to retire after his win
    against Manny. After all, he had proven he is a better boxer than Manny
    Pacquiao. Retire? A better boxer?

    Look. This is their Fourth bout. Manny won two and they had
    one draw. Juan Miguel won one. Is this convincing? No, he just got the “Lucky
    Punch”. And don’t you underestimate the bravery of the Mexican boxers—they are
    not cowards. History says that whenever there is a fight to fight, the Mexican
    fighter will never chicken out. Besides, the next fight, “The Fifth
    Marquez-Pacquiao Boxing Fight” will be a blockbuster and Marquez might command
    a bigger purse. Now, if he wins that Fifth one, that will be convincing.

    • Erick Rivera

      You’ve must have never boxed in your life. The difference
      between a lucky punch and calculated one is that one occurs by randomly
      throwing punches hoping you hit something and the other one will occur when you
      plan it to land, in this case, by stepping to your left and throwing ONE well
      timed punch. It was an AWESOME punch! It just doesn’t get any better than that.
      As far as Manny goes, he is still one of my all-time favorites…in this fight
      however there was no doubt Manny was out-boxed.   

  • durun

    Manny Pacquiao has nothing to prove.  It’s about time for him to retire.  Despite your loss, we are still proud of you.  

  • boybakal

    I agree with Arum. The fight was brutal.
    What was surprising is…How Marquez was so strong in the fight that he can even knockout a bull or carabao.
    That was surprising, the tremendous power of Marquez that even a Heavyweight will fall.
    Manny in his career has not been down except on hungry stomach.
    But with Marquez in the first knockdown, that was too much a force like Hurricane Sandy.
    And the last punch by Marquez, it was as strong as typhoon Pablo.

    Manny has too much disturbances. He is not focused anymore. He has too many activities to attend to.
    The most is his change in religion. Before you can see Manny attending Mass and given an “ostia and wine of the Holy Spirit one day before the fight.
    But it was gone…now he is a born again Christian.
    Also, attributed to the loss is lack of training. While Marquez was already in the mountain of Mexico and Big Bear in September, jogging to altitude training.
    Manny was nowhere to be found but his hometown.
    Activities like politics, session, campaign, tvs and too many alalalys.

    That contributed to Manny’s fall and sleeping in the canvas.
    What was surprising was Marquez power. Well, he might have practice early but his conditioning is terrific.
    His conditioning coach was a man suspected in Balco that made Olympians like Jones to admit of using and stripped of gold medals.
    In second round, Manny’s knocked down and out which usually does not is surprising. It is like a Jack Hammer on your jaw.
    Good fight but in doubt.

    • francisco

       Pag nanalo, ang yayabang! Pag natalo, ang daming dahilan! Pinoy nga!

      • burn

         pinoy na pinoy tlaga si pacquiao! “bukas na yan training na yan!” habang yun kalaban tumatakbo na sa mga high altitude na mga bundok at doon nag-eensayo, si manny busy sa politika na hindi nman nya linya tlga, sa mga hosting na hindi nman nya linya tlga, at madami pang iba.

    • phantomofhope

      sus! pag talo, talo…no excuses! 

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