Floyd Mayweather, Bob Arum, Together Again -- If Only Briefly
Unbeaten six-time titlist Floyd Mayweather and Top Rank Promotions CEO, Bob Arum, and, his stepson, Top Rank President, Todd duBoef, were reunited if only for a few hours as they watched Sunday's Super Bowl in Arlington, Tex., as guests from the suite of Cowboys' owner, Jerry Jones, at The Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
The news was first reported by BoxingScene.com.
Mayweather turned pro with Top Rank Promotions in 1996, but angrily severed ties with Arum's company in 2006.
Since then, Mayweather (41-0, 25 knockouts) has aligned himself with rival promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, which has worked Mayweather's past four victories comprised of those over Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley.
Starting with De La Hoya, Mayweather's adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, told FanHouse that Mayweather "has made over $120 million" with the promotional company.
Negotiations for a potential mega bout between Mayweather and WBO welterweight (147 pounds) and WBC junior middleweight (154 pounds) king, Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) have twice failed, due largely to the issue of whether or not to have Olympic style drug testing, and, further hindered by the tense relationship between Golden Boy and Top Rank.
Although Arum told BoxingScene.com that he and Mayweather had not spent time together "in a long, long time" until Sunday, Arum said that there was no discussion concerning any boxing-related topics, including a possible match up between Mayweather and Pacquiao.
"Todd and I sat next to Floyd and his girl, and we watched the game together in Jerry Jones' box. We talked about the game and had a very nice afternoon," said Arum.
"It was very cordial and all we talked about was football and general stuff," said Arum. "But nothing to do with boxing. He was there for a good time and to watch the game, and that's what we were there to do."
Arum said, Mayweather "spent a lot of time chatting with Todd," adding, "it was great to break the ice."
"We didn't talk about boxing because I think that it would have been counter-productive, and Floyd would have resented it, and he would have been right," said Arum.
"I know Floyd, and I didn't want to put him in an awkward position," said Arum. "But I believe that there will be a time when Floyd and Todd will have some occasions to talk more, and that they will talk about boxing in the future."
There were other celebrities in the box as well, said Arum, naming former president George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, Demi Moore, Katherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, and, Jamie Foxx, among others.
"It was an unbelievable experience in that box. President Bush and his wife were there with us. All of the movie stars. Harrison Ford, Demi Moore, Michael Douglas, Katherine Zeta Jones, Jamie Foxx," said Arum.
"Just one after another," said Arum. "Everybody was having a great time so we didn't talk about boxing. Jerry spent some time with Floyd. It was very, very nice."