Butter won’t melt in Bob Arum’s usually biting, caustic and acerbic mouth on the subject of former client Floyd Mayweather.
If there’s no signed contract by July 17 for a Nov. 13 bout against his charge Manny Pacquiao, the days of Arum making nice with Money May will be over.
But, when it comes to client Antonio Margarito appearing Friday before the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Arum is his usual, verbally rambunctious self.
To hear Arum tell it, he has remained as circumspect as Caesar’s wife and has “not spoken to anyone” connected to the boxing board prior to Margarito’s in person appearance in Las Vegas.
Arum is a stickler when it comes to ex parte communications of any kind, you see.
But, putting on his legal cap, Barrister Bob figures there is no way that “Margocheato” can be denied.
Mosley rocks Mayweather in fight where the Mexican star’s handwraps were found to be illegally loaded…before Mosley defeated Tone Loc (Associated Press Photo)
It just wouldn’t be the American way to reject the Mexican Mauler for a license so he can next fight either Pacman or Miguel Cotto, another Top Rank client, before the year is out.
“Enough is enough on Margarito,” Arum brayed when I spoke with him Thursday afternoon as he lolled at a beachfront hotel in Puerto Rico.
“I have no idea what they will do but this is the United States, it’s not Iraq where they punish a woman for adultery and then stone her five years later.”
But Arum won’t even concede that Margarito was really in on “the crime,” meaning that he knowingly went along with the illegal handwraps he was caught with before he lost to Sugar Shane Mosley.
At least Arum is consistent, if misguided, on this.
“Antonio was suspended for a year by California and he sat for a year,” Arum said. “He honored the suspension and its terms.
“Look at the California findings and you’ll see they do not say Maragrito knew anything about it. But, they did say he was the captain of the ship and should have known what the trainer (Javier Capetillo) was doing.”
By contrast, Arum has always said that boxer Luis Resto and trainer Panama Lewis, who were convicted of cheating in a similar fashion in a New York bout against Irish Billy Collins, deserved a lifetime ban from the sport.
Some may not see a difference between the cases but Barrister Bob clearly does.
As for Capetillo, he got thrown overboard by Margarito in the wake of the one year ban by California. He is said to be training fighters in his native Mexico.