Top Rank head honcho Bob Arum said that he does not believe that Zou Shiming’s defeat to International Boxing Federation flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng on Saturday is a bad omen for his fighters. Top Rank manages Zou and Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao and both are under the tutelage of the legendary Freddie Roach.
Pacquiao is currently training for his bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, which is the biggest fight of his career.
“It just happened, you know. But I don’t even think that it’s going to happen to Manny. I don’t believe in superstition,” Arum told The Manila Times on Tuesday in a phone interview from his home in Los Angeles, California. “Zou and Manny are both far different fighters in many ways.”
“So if you are asking if that’s a sort of bad start and Manny will end up just like Zou, that’s not gonna happen. Manny will be victorious convincingly by knockout or by unanimous decision just what I’ve told you before. I will visit them at the Wild Card Gym on Tuesday.”
Despite Zou’s loss, Arum said that the fight generated a record pay-per-view revenue in China, “The latest fight of Zou Shiming in Macau has reached a pay-per-view highest rating overall in China and I believe Zou will be able to get back and fight for another world title,” he added.
Arum, 84, said that there are 4,000 international media practitioners that are now applying for accreditation for the kickoff press conference of the mega bout between the reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Pacquiao and the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association super welterweight titleholder Mayweather at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, on Wednesday.
“It will be big, very big press conference for sure,” Arum said. “Manny and Freddie [Roach] have met already. They will train together on Tuesday.”