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Arum, DL Hoya may have joint promotion

Fresh from a trip in the Holy Land, Top Rank chief Bob Arum was in an upbeat mood yesterday as the Hall of Fame promoter confirmed that communication lines with rival Oscar Dela Hoya have been established and that things are looking good for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight.

“Yes, we’ve been talking,” said Arum from his Las Vegas home.

A report in the Los Angeles Times said that Arum, 82 and De La Hoya, owner of Golden Boy Promotions (GBP), are now in speaking terms following years of tension between the rival promotional outfits.

The Times report said De la Hoya have mentioned the possibility of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez facing Arum’s top dog Manny Pacquiao but Arum cautions that everything is still up in the air.

“It’s just talk but the important thing is we’re talking (now),” said Arum, whose last joint promotion with GBP was in May 2009 when Pacquiao met Ricky Hatton.

Still, Arum did not hide his displeasure with GBP main man Richard Schaefer, who has been very vocal about Arum’s dealings.

But Arum points out that it is De La Hoya – and not Schaefer – who calls the shots in GBP.

“Oscar has the majority say,” said Arum, who actually jumpstarted De La Hoya’s career following the boxer’s gold medal triumph in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Meanwhile, Arum said that Macau, The Venetian in particular, is “anxious” to host Pacquiao’s next fight scheduled in November.

“I had a long talk with them last night and they want the fight there,” said Arum, who has apparently found a major partner in the former Portuguese colony.