‘Bob Arum Is a Notorious Liar’: Keith Thurman Denies Asking $10 Million to Fight Terence Crawford

Published 01/11/2022, 10:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 13: Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum attends a news conference announcing Top Rank Boxing’s fall schedule at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 13, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Former world champion Keith Thurman is back to action and will take on Mario Barrios on February 5 in the Michelon Ultra Arena, Las Vegas, to resurrect himself in the title again. Before losing his unbeaten tag and the WBA belt to Manny Pacquiao in 2019, ‘One Time’, Thurman was one of the welterweight kingpins of the time.

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He was rumored to face Terence Crawford several times. However, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum scraped the idea and accused Thurman of demanding $10 million. Well, Crawford is no longer with Bob Arum and Thurman is also not in a position to go right after ‘Bud’ on his return.

Thurman, however, addressed the issue during an interaction with Brian Custer. He completely ridiculed Bob Arum and displayed his disrespect for the Top Rank honcho again.

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Keith Thurman said, “False lies, Bob Arum is a notorious liar and how do I know? Because I never asked for anything. Okay. We don’t put a number out in negotiation. You see what number they bring to you on the table and his number was you know.”

“I should have said 10 million because his number was so low. I gotta bring it up somehow. You know what I mean, I should have said 20 million just to piss him off you know. But we don’t say numbers. We don’t like to say numbers.”

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Akin to Thurman, Terence Crawford also ridiculed Bob Arum after his win over Shawn Porter. ‘Bud’ openly criticized Arum and explained how he failed to bag him the Errol Spence Jr. fight. But for Thurman, this is just another scenario where he has bashed the 90-year-old promoter.

Keith Thurman vs Bob Arum is a long-lasting beef

Before the split-up of Crawford from Top Rank, Thurman had predicted it in one of his messages for Bob Arum. Thurman is signed under the PBC and he openly criticized Top Rank for underpaying the fighters. It was a harsher approach from Thurman than what we saw him reflect in the interview with Brian Custer.

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‘One Time’ said, “F**k Bob Arum. That’s what’s gonna happen. F**k Bob Arum. Why you talkin’ sh**, Bob? Keep your god damn mouth shut. Keep your god damn mouth shut, Bob. You want a cheap a** fight? I’ll punch you in your sh** for free, how bout that? That’s the only cheap ass sh** you’re gonna get out of me. I’ll give you a free lick, boy.”

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Thurman had also labeled Arum as the ‘worst promoter’ in the sport. Although Arum’s legendary run has seen him host almost every legend of the sport under his stable, a huge portion of them has also ridiculed the promoter over several years.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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