Pacquiao vs. Bradley: Bob Arum Calling for Investigation Reeks of Hidden Agenda

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  Top Rank promoter Bob Arum addresses the media during the post-fight press conference after Manny Pacquiao was defeated by Timothy Bradley by split decision at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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Bob Arum's name has been linked with corruption, greed and shady dealings since 1994. But now, we are supposed to believe he is concerned about the welfare of boxing? Are we really supposed to trust the moral compass of the same man who has a history of bribery?

Look at the pot calling the kettle black.

Following Manny Pacquiao's unfathomable loss to Tim Bradley Saturday night, many boxing fans were quick to blame Arum. No one knows where the corruption stemmed from, but judges couldn't possibly be that incompetent, could they?

That left many boxing enthusiasts to point the finger at Top Rank's Founder and CEO. Mr. Arum represented both fighters, obviously had oodles of money tied into the event and could have easily played things in favor of his future agenda.

This is the same guy who once had his company's office raided by the FBI. Calling him a straight-shooting businessman at this point would be a blatant stretch of the imagination.

Arum, rather than schedule a necessary, free-to-view rematch, wants an investigation into Saturday night's decision. In an interview with Yahoo! Sports, he had this to say.

I want to investigate whether there was any undue influence, whether the [Nevada Athletic Commission] gave any particular instruction and how they came to this conclusion. But the whole sport is in an uproar. People are going crazy.

If this was a subjective view that each of [the judges] honestly held, OK. I would still disagree, but then we're off the hook in terms of there being no conspiracy. But there needs to be an independent investigation because it strains credulity that an event everybody saw as so one-sided one way all three judges saw it as close. It strains credulity.

I can't think of any conceivable way to believe Arum. This is the same guy who has patrolled boxing's waters behind his own hidden agenda. This is the same man who faced heavy scrutiny after Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya's bout in 2004.

And we are supposed to believe him? Sadly, this sounds like old hat for Arum. He is used to covering his tracks. He is aware of his reputation, and he knows this a glaring mistake by someone involved.

Believing the corruption stems from C.J. Ross, Jerry Roth and Duane Ford (Saturday night's judges) rather than a multi-million dollar CEO is tough to fathom.

How are we supposed to believe Arum doesn't have a secret agenda? How do we know he isn't greasing these fights with blank checks and years of experience?

We don't. We never will.

Arum knows this, and he knows his name needs to be cleared beyond the shadow of a doubt. Boxing followers already do not trust him, or many of his kind, and this controversy could be the final blow.

Many people want to see an investigation instead of paying 60 dollars to watch another one-sided debacle. But before you decide, think about ulterior motives and what the investigation is really about.

Arum needs to make money to be successful. Attaching his name to the worst boxing decision in recent memory isn't doing him any favors. For him, those judges are expendable. So why wouldn't he turn everyone's attention in their direction?

If Saturday night was in fact corrupted, you have to believe its roots came from higher up than three Nevada boxing judges. Corruption starts at the top and trickles down.

That's just how things work.

Watching this investigation unfold would be pointless to anyone aware of Arum's history. Paying for a rematch with a predictable conclusion wouldn't make much more sense.

That's why I propose a rematch on regular television. Let Pac-Man avenge his loss, and let people watch him do it for free.

No one needs to give Arum anymore money, especially if we already know where its going.