He looked tanned and fit and yes, Bob Arum was his typical delightfully feisty self during a workout featuring the fighters taking part in a Saturday card at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
As Mikey Garcia and Orlando Salido, the headliners, chatted with the press, and middleweights Gennady Golovkin and Gabriel Rosado snuck stares at each other in separate rings at the Kingsway Gym on 28th St., the 81-year-old Arum shared tidbits regarding his company's top client, Manny Pacquiao, and others on the Top Rank roster.
Manny-iacs want to know when Pacman will glove up again, after he got dropped and stopped in Round 6 by Juan Manuel Marquez in their Dec. 8 clash in Vegas. That was the fourth tangle between the two and Arum said he's keen on putting together a fifth. When? April had been mentioned, and Arum said he looked into making it happen in Macau, or Singapore. He dispatched son-in-law Todd deBoeuf to Macau to check on a venue, but, the promoter said, a Korean pop star had the prime venue there booked up that month. Singapore wasn't feasible either.
Pacquiao, a congressman in his native Philippines, will be busy in April with elections, Arum said. He's running unopposed, but one of his brothers, Roel, and his wife, Jinkee, will be vying for posts. "Manny has to be involved in the April elections," Arum said.
So a September tangle with Marquez seems most likely, according to Arum. But not in Vegas, and in fact, nowhere in the U.S. Arum said he likes Macau, or maybe Mexico City, for the fight site. Why not do it again in Vegas? "Because close to 40 percent goes to the government," he explained. He said Pacquiao and Marquez are both mindful of the recent jump in the tax rate for top earners, from 35% to 39.6% and share his distaste for the cut the feds would seek to collect. "Enough is enough," said Arum, who did not back President Obama in his fight against Mitt Romney.