Bob Arum said Julio Cesar Chavez could fight Brian Vera next, and eventually, Andre Ward.
De La Hoya Tweets apology to Arum, Pacquiao
Oscar De La Hoya recently used his popular Twitter account to issue apologies to his former promoter, Bob Arum, and to Manny Pacquiao.
Oscar De La Hoya used the Twitter social-networking site Friday to ask Bob Arum and to forgive him for implying recently that Pacquiao's success in boxing may have been due to the use of performing-enhancing drugs.
De La Hoya, whose company,, has been feuding with Arum's Top Rank Inc., sent the five-part "tweet" from the Southern California rehabilitation center where he is receiving treatment for undisclosed reasons.
"Dear Bob Arum, first I would like to humbly apologize for any pain I have caused you and your family," the 10-time world champion said in his first message.
"I also want to apologize to Manny Pacquiao for any wrongdoing on my part. You are a great champion," he added.
He also called for an end to the promotional war that has been raging between his company and Arum.
"With great humility I ask we work together for the good of the sport we dearly love. It's not fair to the fans and to the fighters," he said.
Arum and De La Hoya -- a former Top Rank fighter himself -- have battled bitterly over the promotional rights to Pacquiao and (both Top Rank fighters), among other issues.
Arum offered a lukewarm response to the apology when told about it.
"First I'm hearing about it," he told Steve Kim of Maxboxing. "If he's apologized, I appreciated it, but I don't know anything about it."
Dennis Taylor is editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com and co-host of The Ringside Boxing Show.