In an interview with ESPN, Bob Arum and Don King, who had a bitter feud that expanded decades, talked about working together.
Arum claimed that at 86, its pretty surprising that they’re still around, let alone promoting a card together.
“Yeah, pretty surprised!” said Arum. “I mean that’s pretty good longevity, I think.”
“Well I never thought I’d get past 50 because I’ve been defiant all my life,” King added.
When asked about their competitive feud which included Arum calling King a “rat fink,” for bribing an IBF official, both men admitted they needed each other as a competitor.
King claimed that “I wouldn’t know how good I am if I didn’t have Bob as an antagonist and as a protagonist, you know?”
“I needed Don!” Arum interjected. “It was great. You know, without great competition, and without interesting competition, people lose interest.”
“Because it was authentic,” King added. “It wasn’t like it was something made-up and played-up like your premeditated planning and something that you can deal with, you know what I mean? What you see is what you get…and the recipients are the people that’s with us. Just like right now, when my guy knocks out his guy on Saturday we can go get Pacquiao. It’s inevitable, he has what I want, we put aside the personal [feelings]…”
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