Mendoza: What’s crackin’ at the house of Nonito, eh?

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By Al S. Mendoza

All Write

Friday, March 18, 2011

YOU are a boxer. You belong to the Bob Arum camp.

Not enough?

I’d say, more than enough.


Bob Arum isn’t only Lord of the Rings.

Bob Arum is the Vatican of boxing.

Nobody argues with the Pope.

You stray, your fate could go astray worst than an askal’s.

But cling to his wings, you aren’t only bishop stuff. Cardinal eagle.

What Bob Arum wants, he gets it with the flick of a finger.

What Bob Arum commands, not even Ghadafi can disobey.

What Bob Arum does, he gets it done with nary a sweat.

Manny Pacquiao had been witness to these popish powers of Bob’s.

Manny tried once to switch camps, hopping over to Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy

“My boy, what you done?” Bob Arum said, a la Vito Corleone.

Nobody ever puts one over Bob Arum.

Seeing himself under the gun for breach of contract, Manny had to return the $500,000 he received from De La Hoya as buy-out fee from contract obligations with Bob Arum.

Bob Arum forgives so easily. And forgets so quickly, too.

Well, if you are Manny Pacquiao, I’ll have you back anytime. No questions asked.

If there’s one guy in boxing today who knows a gold mine of a boxer when he sees one, anytime, that’d be Bob Arum.

After the 2006 escape that wasn’t great for Manny Pacquiao, Bob & Manny shacked up like Peter & Gordon so well they’ve been hitting chart-toppers in succession since.

Manny has not only racked up eight unprecedented world titles in eight different divisions, he has also become a full-fledged billionaire.

Manny has even become a lawmaker, never mind that he doesn’t know the law of gravity, if not the law of supply and demand.

And now, to Nonito Donaire Jr. – he with the compelling promise of stardom, even if he’s 28 already.

Nonito’s still under contract with Bob Arum but, seemingly, if you ask Rachel Donaire, not anymore.

If I read Rachel right, she wants Nonito, her hubby, out of Bob Arum’s camp—ahead of the contract’s expiration.

Umm…Déjà vu?

Nonito’s pact with Bob Arum doesn’t expire until May or June this year but already, Rachel is talking of a Bob-Nonito divorce this early.

Will somebody please tell me Rachel was merely misquoted?

Bob, in his mortal thoughts, might raise hell and that could mean bye to Nonito’s career.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 19, 2011.


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