Bob Arum is concerned that the alleged homophobic remarks by Manny Pacquiao could affect the Pay-Per-View (PPV) numbers of his upcoming fight with Tim Bradley.
Manny Pacquiao turned into an international icon with the help of Arum. Ever since the boxer made his anti-gay remarks, the world has jumped on the bandwagon to criticize the 37-year-old boxer.
The American lawyer, boxing promoter and businessman said that Pacquiao’s comment towards the gay people is “reprehensible”. Arum hopes that the audience doesn’t turn their back on the upcoming HBO PPV event, the Pacquiao vs. Bradley match-up in April.
Manny Pacquiao recently told a local TV station that people who prefer same-sex relationships are “worse than animals”. Pacquiao is currently running for a seat in the Senate in Philippines.
“I think it’s reprehensible. I’m in favor of same-sex marriage. I’m in favor of gay rights. A lot of my friends are gays, particularly in California and Hollywood, so it’s pretty offensive to them.” Arum said to RingTV.com.
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Arum also stated that the only way Manny Pacquiao could do some damage-control is by coming to the front an apologizing to the people he has hurt. He also said that it’s not proper to hurt anyone’s religious beliefs.
Arum is also unsure of how this incident will affect the PPV numbers for Manny Pacquiao’s bout with Bradley. The duo will be involved in their third meeting and the event has not created much hype. Nike, who was sponsoring Pacquiao has also cut ties with the boxer, citing the controversy.
“I have no idea, I mean we live in a country – look at the number of people who support Donald Trump” Arum said on the PPV numbers.
This is not the first time when Manny Pacquiao has voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage. Back in 2012, he opposed U.S President Barack Obama’s support of gay marriage.
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