Monday, June 4, 2007

Schaefer: We Can Help Make Manny a Legend

Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer feels confident that Filipino ring idol Manny Pacquiao can “the legend he wants to be” and could also make “the big fights in the big venues” with their help. Hmmmm.... What would Bob Arum feel upon hearing this statement?

In a Viva Sports/Manila Standard Today interview, Schaefer said that this could only be done if Pacquiao whom he claims is “totally misguided” will eventually recognize this fact and do the right thing which is ”to honor the contract he signed with us.”

The CEO also claims that he was sure that everyone would agree with him that Pacquiao’s career has been “mishandled ever since he left Shelly Finkel” his last manager. He also noted that Finkel “got him out of the mess he was in, got him the biggest fights and purses and he was at an all-time high.”

He also noted that Pacquiao was on the cover of Ring Magazine. The magazine is generally considered by many as the “Bible of boxing, won awards from the Boxing Writers and is on some lists as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He also added that, “a few more (Jorge) Solis or (Humberto) Soto like opponents and his (Pacquuiao’s) fame will start to fade.”

The CEO challenged Manny to “wake up and take control and be outside the ring, the man he is in the ring. A man who takes charge, who is the boss and does not let anyone push him around. Do what Oscar De La Hoya did several years ago. Stand up and say enough is enough!.”

And so the tug of war between Top Rank and Golden Boy promotions for the rights to Manny Pacquiao continues. Will his ever end? Not in the near future I think as a fighter of Pacquiao's talent and charisma is too valuable to give up. And how will this affect Pacquiao's chances of fighting the fighters that are under contract with Golden Boy? Only time will tell....

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