UFC president Dana White has never been one to mince words, and when asked about Manny Pacquiao’s knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, his thoughts on who was to blame for the outcome were pretty accurate.
It was Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, that put the boxing legend in a position to lose.
Throughout Pacquiao’s career, one of the only fighters in any weight class to ever give the legend a worthy fight was Marquez. After all, their first three fights were all extremely close decisions.
Why—especially coming off a controversial loss to Timothy Bradley—would Team Pac-Man agree to a fourth installment with Marquez instead of a very appropriate rematch against Bradley that Pacquiao could very likely dominate?
One word: money.
White told Tom Ngo of 5thRound.com about how he feels concerning the decision to have Pacquiao fight Marquez again and who was really to blame:
I'm the biggest Pacquiao fan ever, and I bet on Marquez. Dumbest fight in history. Bob Arum's a moron. You don't take that fight, you idiot! Why would you do that fight? It's all about the money, that's why. That was a money fight, that's what that fight was done for.
[Pacquiao] should have fought [Timothy] Bradley. Bradley's the fight they should have done. He would have knocked Bradley out, he would have got his belt back, and now he's back in the position he should have been in. [Pacquiao's] one of the best fighters in the world. He goes out and fights Marquez again? Bob Arum is the dumbest promoter in the history of the world.
While it was Pacquiao’s own aggressiveness late in the sixth round that got him knocked out, the point is that he never should have been in that position to begin with.
After three close fights against the Marquez, Arum should have protected his fighter from another rivalry match that presented a major risk.
As great as Pacquiao is, he almost lost three different times against Marquez. On the flip side, Pac-Man clearly beat Bradley, and his decision loss rocked the boxing world.
Instead of taking a possibly bigger payout fighting Marquez for the fourth time, the Pacquiao camp should have fought Bradley again.
Now that Pacquiao’s career is diminished, the man behind its downfall has come to light.
That man is Bob Arum.