Mayweather Jr. looking forward to Duboef replacing Arum at Top Rank – Boxing News
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is really counting the days to when Bob Arum of Top Rank eventually steps down and is replaced by Duboef, the current president of Top Rank. Mayweather Jr. feels he can deal with Duboef. However, there’s no telling how long Arum will last. He could hold onto his reigns as the head of Top Rank until Mayweather is well past his prime, and by then it won’t matter anymore what Mayweather feels.
In an interview at boxingsocialist.com, Mayweather Jr. said “I can’t wait until Todd Duboef is running the company. He and Dena Duboef are truly great people, professional. I can’t wait until he takes over just so we can have dinner and talk about working together. Those rumors in the past about money being offered to me, not true. How can you offer me a deal when I’m the A side? We make the offers.”
Mayweather might need to swallow his pride and try to sit down with Arum, because he could stay in control of Top Rank for years to come, long after Mayweather has retired. At 34, Mayweather can’t wait Arum out. He would be better off trying to make a deal somehow and just forget about the past squabbles. Ideally, Mayweather can insist that Duboef be the guy that he meets with and let Arum sit on the sidelines.
Duboef may choose to run the company the same way that Arum did when and/if Duboef is running things in the future. Arum has a habit of setting up in house fights, and this could be a thing that continues into the future. Golden Boy Promotions also sets up a lot of in house fights, so it’s not like there is a much of a difference in that respect.