Top Rank boss Bob Arum said that he harbors no ill feeling toward Floyd Mayweather Jr. despite the constant criticisms he receives from the unbeaten American boxer since they parted ways in 2006.
“I don’t have any hard feelings on Floyd and I don’t think that way,” Arum told The Manila Times on Monday in a phone interview. “I don’t take it personally. There is no animosity between us.”
Arum stressed that it’s just pure business and it was nothing personal when he predicted that Mayweather would lose to Manny Pacquiao when the two boxers met in their mega bout on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I’m just thinking that Floyd will lose the fight on May 2 against Manny and that’s it,” he added. “Manny is very excited and well determined in this fight.”
Arum, a graduate of Harvard University law school, promoted Mayweather’s bouts from 1996 to 2006. Mayweather left Top Rank after rejecting an $8 million offer to fight Antonio Margarito on April 26, 2006. Mayweather bought out his remaining contract with Top Rank for $750,000 and became a free agent.
Margarito lost to Pacquiao via unanimous decision on November 13, 2010.