Global Conference 2012
Founder and Chairman, Top Rank, Inc.
Bob Arum is the founder and chairman of Top Rank, Inc. A former Justice Department lawyer, he has been one of boxing's top promoters since he entered the business more than five decades ago. His first contact with boxing came in 1962 when he was assigned to secure the proceeds from the Sonny Liston vs. Floyd Patterson fight. The first of the more than 400 world championship fights he promoted was Muhammad Ali vs. George Chuvalo in 1966. Arum went on to promote 27 fights headlined by Ali, 20 with Marvin Hagler, 14 with George Foreman, 10 with Alexis Arguello, seven with Sugar Ray Leonard and all of Oscar De La Hoya's bouts through 2004. In 1980 he launched the Top Rank Boxing series on ESPN, which became one of the highest-rated regular shows during its run. He has also promoted major boxing events on HBO, SHOWTIME, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and Telefutura. Top Rank's current roster of talent includes Manny Pacquiao and champions Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Nonito Donaire and Kelly Pavlik. In 2010, Arum promoted the first bout at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas that saw over 50,000 fans in attendance for Pacquiao vs. Clottey. Arum was inducted into Boxing's Hall of Fame in 1999.