The comeback fight of Manny Pacquiao against Jessie Vargas in November 2016 could be in trouble after Top Rank president Bob Arum criticized Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte for the government official’s recent “Hitler” comment.
Arum is an American and has an Orthodox-Jewish background and Pacquiao is a known staunch supporter of the controversial president from his country.
“President Duterte has shamed the Filipino nation with his comments comparing himself to Hitler. Reprehensible,” Arum stated on Twitter.
Some boxing fans replied to Arum on his comment on the Philippine president.
“Guys a certifiable lunatic. Careful Bob on your next trip to PI (Philippines), he hates those who criticize him publicly,” one user stated.
“Another reason why other nationalities will not watch Pacman (Manny Pacquiao) this November,” another user added.
Another reply, which Arum retweeted said: “Wait (until Donald) Trump gets in office. He’ll make Duterte sound like Churchill.”
The international community has criticized Duterte for his analogy on his “war on drugs” the center of his campaign during the elections and his priority in his government.
“There are 3 million drug addicts (in the Philippines). I’d be happy to slaughter them,” Duterte stated via Reuters. “If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have…”
There have been rumors that Pacquiao’s fight against Jessie Vargas will be cancelled because of various reasons. However, the bout is still scheduled
Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 knockouts) will face Jessie Vargas (27-1-0, ) for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title in his “comeback fight” after saying he’s already retired from boxing after his win over Timothy Bradley last April.
The Filipino boxer was elected to the Senate of the Philippines in the last elections but his return to boxing has been criticized by many Filipino and international fans for lying about his retirement. Manny Pacquiao has been accused also of fighting the unknown Vargas because of money issues and that the next fight is just a “money grab.”
It’s not yet known how Pacquiao will react to his Arum and his latest comments on Duterte.
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