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Filipino Boxing Fans Must Stop Being Suckers for Bob Arum’s Bouts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 13:41


F ilipino-American, Filipino-Canadian and other Overseas-Filipino boxing fans (or at least the fans of Filipino boxing megastar Manny Pacquiao) must stop playing suckers for Bob Arum-promoted bouts. Without the Filipino-American and Overseas-Filipino patronage of Bob Arum’s Pay-TV coverage, the buys for a Pacquiao bout would not run close to the targeted number.


The more-than 600,000 Filipino households in the United States account for a good part of the total Pay-TV buys for the recent boxing bouts of Manny Pacquiao.


J. Michael Falgoust, a sports columnist of the USA Today reported that the “Pacquiao's two-round destruction of Ricky Hatton for the junior welterweight championship in May sold just less than 900,000. Mayweather scored a unanimous decision vs. Juan Manuel Marquez, surpassing that total to reach 1-million buys to become 2009's No. 1 PPV show.” Readers may be able to view Mr. Falgoust’s report, as I quoted, in this article,

The ‘Rithmetic of Manny Pacquiao’s Boxing Bouts


The projected HBO Pay-TV audience for the Pacquiao-Margarito fight on Saturday, November 13, is about 200,000 less than the Pacquiao-Hatton bout’s Pay-TV sales. Proof? In today’s issue (Nov. 9, 2010) of the Los Angeles Times Lance Pugmire quotes Mr. Arum: “Arum is confident the good guy-bad guy hook will lure enough live TV customers at $54.95 a pop. ‘We need to get 700,000 [sales] to have a decent payday,’ he (Arum) said.” To read the Mr. Pugmire’s article in its entirety, please click on this hyperlink, in Bob Arum gets another big promotion.


No matter the grand promotional efforts, the Pay-TV revenues from the bouts of Manny Pacquiao in the United States pale in comparison with those of other fights. Here is what reported: The “‘De La Hoya-Pacquiao's total consisted of 680,000 buys from cable systems and 570,000 from satellite providers,’ Taffet said. (Editor’s Note: The total is 1,250,000 buys.)


“The only two non-heavyweight bouts to exceed the De La Hoya-Pacquiao total were De La Hoya's 2007 record-setting fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., which set the all-time pay-per-view record with 2.4-million buys and $134-million in revenue, and his 1999 fight with Felix Trinidad, which generated 1.4-million buys and $71.4-million.” (Source of data:


A Law Barring a Common Promoter for Both Boxers


T here ought to be a state and/or a federal law that would bar a common promoter like Bob Arum to stage a boxing bout between two of his wards (like this Saturday’s fight between Pacquiao and Margarito). Permitting a shared promoter is like hiring a common campaign manager for both the Republican and Democratic candidates in a single congressional district or state. The politicians and the voters would not allow it.


While this writer doesn’t believe that the Bob Arum-promoted fights of Manny Pacquiao are fixed, more and more people raise it and the other seemingly-immoral issues about the business of boxing. For instance, the much-respected Los Angeles Times sports columnist Bill Dwyre called the Pacquiao-Hatton news conference “a con job.” Readers may want to revisit my article about the Bill Dwyre commentary in this hyperlink, 

L.A. Times’ Bill Dwyre Says “Pacquiao, Hatton ‘News’ Is a Con Job” (As Updated W/ Predictions)


One would think that Bob Arum and his associates are really protecting the interests of Manny Pacquiao since he is their “cash cow.” But it was Mr. Arum who requested reportedly Congressman Pacquiao to fly to Las Vegas, Nevada, in a private aircraft (presumably owned or paid for by Mr. Arum’s Top Rank, Inc.) to campaign for Sen. Harry Reid. Mr. Arum, who is a lawyer, should know the law, especially the rules and regulations about elections in the United States. The campaign appearance was illegal, as I explained in this article: Manny Pacquiao Should Fight with his Fists and Not with his Mouth


As I e-mailed today a group of friends, “even before this Saturday’s bout begins, Bob Arum, the common promoter of both boxers, will be drinking lots of Margaritos, oops, Margaritas, and toasting his success of making suckers once again out of boxing fans, especially the gullible Filipinos and Overseas Filipinos.


“I have never paid good money to see on Pay-TV any of Manny Pacquiao's bouts since the very beginning. Bob Arum can continue to promote and practice the adage that ‘suckers are born every minute’ but he won't get any cent from me. When the bout is replayed for free, then I view them.”


To read again my article about Bob Arum and how he earns more-than what Manny Pacquiao gets in net income from every bout, please go to:

The ‘Rithmetic of Manny Pacquiao’s Boxing Bouts



Perhaps the Honorable Congressman Manny Pacquiao has not heard of the Latin adage, “Caveat emptor.” He should let Attorney Arum translate it for him. And perhaps also for the millions of Overseas-Filipino boxing fans that continue to line up their pockets in Pay-TV revenues. # # #



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Last Updated on Friday, 12 November 2010 06:50
Comments (1)
1 Friday, 12 November 2010 07:07
LOLO Bobby, Et Al,

You are absolutely right! They are "staged and scripted bouts," just like those FPJ movie productions, where FPJ was always the bida. But in this case, the PAC (Pakyaw, Arum & Company) Production is staging it, with Pakyaw, the Pacman, as the bida.

Yes indeed, LOLO, you nailed it right on the head, just like the way the way Pakyaw, the Pacman is gonna get nailed right on his big head in this fight. And this time, his STEROID USE ain't gonna help him much. His wins in the past were all steroid-induced, as we all know, but his Filipino lapdogs had refused to believe that.

His repeated refusals to give a wee bit drop of blood a couple of days before his fights for steroid testing confirmed his use of those strength-enhancing substance. Manghihina daw siya kung magbibigay siya ng dugo. This guy is really an ignorant moron. He reminds me of someone else in this list moron din. He (the moron) knows that he is THE moron I am, talking about here. LOL.

Anyway, FIRST ROUND, tulog si Pakyaw! I'll bet my piggy bank full of pennies. Any takers?

Jesse Jose
Seattle, WA

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