Bob Arum sounds alarm
over JuanMa’s debacle
By ALEX P. VIDAL / PNS
April 21, 2011
If a disaster could
happen to the most feared fighter in the world next to Manny Pacquiao,
it could also happen to anyone in fight business – even to Pacquiao
and Sugar Shane Mosley.
Puerto Rico’s former
WBO 125-lb king Juan Manuel Lopez (30-1, 27
KOs) was brutally
mangled by a challenger with a “ridiculous” record because of
distractions in his life, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum justified.
Arum pointed to the
“distractions in both his public life and personal life” which
affected Lopez’s performance.
Salido, who reported in the championship title bout last April 16 in
Bayamon, Puerto Rico with 11 losses, finished off Lopez with
1:39 left in the 8th stanza of the 12-round title clash.
Salido, who first
decked Lopez with a right to the jaw in the fifth round, added the
once highly touted Lopez to his 34 previous victims and listed the
fast Puerto Rican as his 23rd stoppage casualty.
The big win was
Salido’s best since losing on Sept. 18, 2004 by unanimous decision to
Lopez’s namesake Juan Manuel Marquez for the WBA/IBF featherweight
titles in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Distraction was the
word once coined by Freddie Roach when he noticed politicians and
hangers-on milling around Pacquiao in the boxer’s training camps in
the Philippines and the United States.
Even Arum had once
expressed concern for the big crowd in the Filipino fighter’s training
environment and has made it a necessity to make ocular visits to check
the progress of his ward’s condition.
To stay away from
distractions, Team Pacquiao relocated to Baguio City, venue of his
recent two-month training in preparation for his May 7 rumble against
Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The training camp in
the high altitude Philippine summer capital was inaugurated two years
ago when Pacquiao was revving up for his WBO welterweight encounter
with Miguel Angel Cotto, Lopez’s compatriot.
“The distractions did
the job,” Arum told The Sport Press’ Rey Colon. “Look at Miguel Cotto,
who has never been better since he left to train outside of Puerto
Rico. And he doesn’t get out of shape between fights. That’s what
happened to this guy….he was overweight. He was like 180 or 190 pounds
when he was in the Philippines (for Manny Pacquiao's birthday party in
“And I know that
personal problems affected this boy. Boxing is a serious business and
you have to be in great physical condition between fights, you have to
have the best life between fights, and when you have training camp for
a fight, like Cotto, you should leave the island.”