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Arum-Prince-Floyd Story Making the Rounds

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THE boxing story making the rounds yesterday into today had Bob Arum recollecting how he once saved Floyd Mayweathers’ tail…and head and body, maybe, too.

On the ESPN show Highly Questionable on Friday, Arum recalled that Mayweather was going to dump James Prince as his rep and wanted to wait to book his next fight till after that marriage ended. J didn’t like that idea, Arum said, and some persons–he doesn’t know on orders from who was this home run derby attempted–tried to instill some Louisville Slugger wisdom into Floyd on the matter, on the noggins of some of his crew. Floyd got the hint and Arum was asked to advance money from the forthcoming fight to Prince.

That was back in 2003; eventually Floyd found the advisor he needed to get him to the status he enjoyed when he left the ring this summer, Al Haymon.

Prince and Floyd have basically left each other alone since, though the rap record mogul Prince took shots at Floyd three years ago after Floyd dissed Andre Ward, a Prince client.

FYI I messaged Prince to ask him if he wanted to respond and also Tweeted Floyd the same offer. No replies, no surprise.

My take: Arum has a few more juicy stories which feature him dealing with Floyd getting into messes, I dare say. “Money” used to get into tiffs on the regular and the runoff would reach Top Rank.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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