Bob Arum’s Boyle’s Thirty Acres

By Robert Ecksel on January 12, 2012
Bob Arum’s Boyle’s Thirty Acres
The daguerreotype of Boyle's Thirty Acres appears to be clouding Bob Arum's thinking

In what has become déjà vu all over again in a house of mirrors with an echo chamber, Manny Pacquiao’s team announced from the Philippines that Pacman will not be fighting Floyd Mayweather on May 5 after all.

Those who have been holding their breath can finally exhale (unless they’re so blue in the face by now that it’s too late).

For reasons that extend above and beyond the intransigency of Top Rank’s Bob Arum, Golden Boy’s Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya, and the two fighters themselves, the prospective merry-go-round of a dream fight looks no more likely than a Ron Paul presidency.

Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s financial adviser, told the AP earlier today that the 45,000 seat outdoor arena being built in Las Vegas, which increasingly sounds like a bulldoze job (or a flashback to Dempsey-Carpentier and Boyle’s Thirty Acres), won’t be finished before the end of May.

Koncz said it was “foolish from an economic standpoint” to have the fight before this oddball pet project is complete. He said that the MGM Grand seats 17,000, which is good for only $20 million in revenue, whereas the kooky outdoor arena could raise an additional $30 million.

“Why would I tell Manny to fight on the 5th and throw away a percentage of 30 million?” asked Koncz rhetorically. “That’s crazy.”

By the same logic, there are stadiums and racetracks and arenas all over the world that would like nothing better than to plop down a boxing ring, string up some lights, and watch hordes of desperate fight fans stream through the turnstiles.

The daguerreotype of Boyle’s Thirty Acres that appears to be clouding Arum’s thinking seems less like a throwback than a throwaway.

Not long ago Arum said the fight with Mayweather “could happen very, very easily” at the end of May, which would presumably be enough time to build the gimcrack outdoor arena “the fight so badly needs.”

But that was then and this is now, and the terms, dates, and venues keep shifting like a line drawn in the sand during a sirocco.

It might be a sacrilege to quote Karl Marx on a boxing website, but he might have been thinking about Mayweather vs. Pacquiao when he wrote, “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”

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  1. Jose 10:10am, 01/13/2012

    them manny is not about the sport all he is about the money,, if he thinks hes the best p4p fighter then fight the real and best p4p fighter in the world,,,punkkk

  2. AKT 05:33am, 01/13/2012

    Boxing fans all over the world compalin about the fixtures that get thrown to them by promoters like Bob Arum, but the irony of it all is that the real power lies in their hands. BOYCOTT ARUM’s FIGHTS till he gets things done correctly. Simple!

  3. Bk don 08:58am, 01/12/2012

    Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde. those are pacmans four enemies in the video game and they might be higher on arum’s list 4 manny then May is. i’m assuming that the only place this fight can be is in Vegas, since that’s the economy May’s judge cited would benefit from him fighting. If that’s what it’s going to take for the fight to happen, and we can be assured the stadium will be done by the end of May, that sounds good to me. At the end of the day, the seats will still be priced too high for the avg fan, but i guess it’s harder to gouge fans for nosebleed seats in a 45,000 seat arena then it is in a 19,000 seat one. This fight just doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. I’m just waiting for May to retort back that he can’t move off his May 5 date for some reason. Mayweather v Alvarez May 5th wknd and Pacman v Cotto June 9th wknd. That’s the best we’re going to get.

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