March 7, 2011 |
The carnival barkers brought the show to a place where they buy ink by the barrel. It was Don King and Bob Arum, together again. Stop the presses. Sentimentality may dictate that we wipe away a tear. If you know boxing, you know that these two didn't merely define the art of promoting fights, they all but invented it. Keep a hand on your wallet. If you've got a used car to sell, give them five minutes. Speaking of cars, their visit Monday to The Times was to sing the praises of two fighters who are 50,000 miles past their warranty.
October 23, 2010 |
From Las Vegas Bob Arum sits alone. He's gregarious by nature, a man who truly loves his work as boxing promoter, but right now no one knows what to say. He's left to his own thoughts. Across the hall in a Beverly Hills hotel two months ago, the noise speaks of anticipation. In a few minutes the boxers and their entourages are going to arrive and Arum will orchestrate the circus, his specialty. Lee Samuels knows someone has to say something to Arum. He's worked for Arum for decades, been witness to all the staged hype and hoopla that keeps Arum going at age 78. But he has to ask. "Bob, are you sure you can do this?"
July 19, 2010 |
One of the funnier moments of the year in sports occurred last week. Presiding was that master of high comedy, Bob Arum. His day job is that of boxing promoter, but he may be missing his true calling. Jay Leno, beware. Arum scheduled a conference call for the media at midnight PDT Friday. It was the old news-at-midnight drama. He said this was the end of a so-called "exclusivity period" in which he had refrained from negotiating with any other fighter on behalf of his client Manny Pacquiao, so that an HBO representative could work with Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was given first shot to fight Pacquiao on the date of Nov. 13. Then Arum went on to sound like a diplomat at a United Nations committee meeting, dealing delicately with complicated issues and choosing words carefully to make sure nobody's feelings got hurt.
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April 8, 2010
Shirley Mills Hanson Child actress in 'Grapes of Wrath' Shirley Mills Hanson, 83, a former child actress who played young Ruthie Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath," director John Ford's classic 1940 film based on the John Steinbeck novel, died March 31 of complications of pneumonia at a convalescent hospital in Arcadia, said stepdaughter Deniece Zwick. Born April 8, 1926, in Tacoma, Wash., Hanson moved with her family to Southern California in 1937 to break into the movies.
December 28, 2009 |
Bob Arum , Manny Pacquiao's promoter, on Sunday unveiled what he said was his "final counteroffer" to get an agreement between his boxer and tentative opponent Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a March 13 bout that could be the most lucrative in the sport's history. Arum said he wants an agreement with Mayweather and his promoter, Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, by today or he'll "finish negotiations" for a Pacquiao replacement fight against Paulie Malignaggi . Arum's offer is for each fighter to submit to unlimited random urinalysis, and to let the Nevada State Athletic Commission determine at its Jan. 19 meeting whether additional blood testing is required beyond Pacquiao's current agreement to allow his blood to be tested 30 days before the bout and immediately after its conclusion.
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December 3, 2009
Mike LeBell Wrestling promoter Mike LeBell, 79, a longtime and highly successful promoter of wrestling at the Olympic Auditorium, died Nov. 24 at his Los Angeles home. He had cancer, said Jeff Walton, a former wrestling publicist. In 1971, LeBell became one of the first North American wrestling promoters to use closed-circuit television to broadcast sold-out matches when he aired a live faceoff at the Olympic between Don Carson and John Tolos at two downtown theaters.