Bob Arum is using boxing, particularly Saturday’s Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley bout, to criticize American presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The head of Top Rank Promotions called the Republican nominee a “hatemonger” and also described Trump as someone who is not only bad for the sport but for the United States of America.
“Let’s all settle down. Let’s show some decorum. This isn’t a Trump rally,” Arum said in the final press conference for the Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight.
“Donald Trump is not just bad for boxing, he is bad for the country. The country cannot tolerate a Trump. They’re not going to take eleven and a half a million people out of this country and deport them. That’s horrible. That’s cruel. The man is a hatemonger,” Arum added to his criticism of Trump via Phil Boxing.
The scheduled Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight on Saturday will be the third meeting between the two boxers, who won against each other once in previous two meetings. Bradley won in 2012 and Pacquiao won the rematch in 2014.
However, Arum’s decision to pit Pacquiao against Bradley for a third fight has been met with lots of criticism by boxing fans and analysts. The general opinion is that Pacquiao won both fights in the past and there is no need for a trilogy between the two rivals.
Arum mixing boxing with politics is not new as Pacquiao himself is being accused of using the fight as a platform for his campaign for his own senatorial bet in the Philippine elections next month.
This is not the first time that Arum challenged Trump.
“I’ll handle him, not like these guys who don’t hit him and treat him with kid gloves,” Arum said last February.
Earlier this year the veteran boxing promoter said that Trump is a “disgrace” and called him out for a boxing match where Arum assured he’ll beat him.
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