How do you get misquoted by the sound of your own voice recorded on national TV?
Oscar de la Hoya and his henchmen want us to believe this just happened to the Manny Pacquiao beatdown victim. In doing so, de la Hoya is slinking to Richrd Nixon levels.
Oscar’s own words were misquoted after they were digitally recorded?
Yeah sure, and the moon is made of green cheese, bring your own crackers.
Standing by itself, the latest ODLH flap is not really worth getting excited about.
It’s all laughable, really, for Richie Rich Schaefer, who runs the ex-fighter’s Golden Boy Promotions, to tell Lem Satterfield of AOL Fanhouse that Oskie was “misquoted” in terms of a television interview that ran on Spanish language giant network, Univision.
Oscar de la Hoya is banking on David Hayemaker Haye proving to be heavyweight division “Golden Boy” (AP Photo)
All that John Chavez at BoxingTruth.com did was take de la Hoya’s remarks about the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather negotiations nearing the goal line and translate them from espanol into English.
Chavez can be a rascal at times but here, he did nothing wrong and did not delete, change or remove one word, one sentence or one punctiation mark.
I’m wondering if Schaefer’s mild public scolding really just underlines a growing divide at the top of GBP where Schaefer does all the heavy lifting and Oscar makes all the public mistakes.
Maybe RR is tired of wielding the broom to clean up Oscar’s messes. Maybe he fells like the title character of the old Jean Knight r&b tune, “Clean Up Man.”
Certainly, there is a lot of tension for a company whose favored nation HBO deal is running out and whose top two fighters are not Americans but Brits Amir Khan and David Hayemaker Haye.
GBP has little if nothing left to milk out of its ancient VPs, Bernard Hopkins and Sugar Shane Mosley and its younger, fresher talent such as Victor Ortiz remains unproven. It can’t be real fun or very profitable recycling the Rocky Juarez, Nate Campbell types over and over again.
Here’s Schaefer speaking to “Baltimore Gem Lem” about Oscar saying Mayweather-Pacquiao is getting close to having contracts ready to sign:
“I spoke to Oscar yesterday [Tuesday] and I wanted to know where that came from and he said that he was misquoted,” said Schaefer, whose promotional company has represented Mayweather along with Mayweather Promotions. “I saw those quotes as well, and I had no idea what Oscar was talking about. And I called him up and asked him about them and he that he was misquoted.”
Schaefer said he “really cannot comment” on the status of the negotiations.
(Mayweather-Pacquiao initially appeared to be set for March 13 at the MGM Grand before talks reached an impasse in December over random drug testing for both fighters to be conducted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.)
“As you can see, you don’t see any quotes from me,” said Schaefer. “There’s absolutely no comment from my side.”
Richard Millhouse Nixon left the White House ahead of schedule and was known to tell lies, big and small (AP Photo)
Not that Schaefer did not state what de la Hoya really said or say what was misconstrued, misquoted or deleted.
He didn’t because nothing was changed from the Univision interview.
Don’t forget that de la Hoya handpicked former UBS banker Schaefer to run Golden Boy.
Maybe the bloom is off the rose between these two, I’m not sure.
But I do know one thing for certain.
Oscar was not misquoted when his TV interview was correctly and completely transcribed from one language to another.
Oscar said it and now Oscar runs away from an innocuous public comment. Oscar said nothing that the “optimistic” Bob Arum has not repeatedly said to me and to others.
He should’ve been a standup guy and told Schaefer, “I said and I believe it based on what you’ve been telling me. End of story.”
Instead, Oscar folded like a cheap accordion on a trivial matter.
Now that is slightly Nixonian. Of couse, Tricky Dick told whoppers as well as small lies.
I hate to say it but this avid golfer has just about run out of mulligans.