Top Rank CEO Bob Arum blasted American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr, describing the unbeaten boxer’s statements on a possible mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao as “Hitlerian.”
WWII All Over Again
“I know you are younger, [but in] the Second World War, Hitler did that to the world,” the outspoken promoter said in an interview with ABS-CBN, referring to Mayweather’s statements about Pacquiao.
In contrast, Arum compared the Filipino champion to Winston Churchill, who led the United Kingdom as prime minister against Adolf Hitler’s Germany during World War II.
“When we look at our man Manny Pacquiao, there is more Churchill in him than Chamberlain,” Arum said, referring to Neville Chamberlain, the British leader known for his policy of appeasement toward Hitler.
Standing Your Ground
“He is gonna stand up to these outlandish statements and threats. He is not gonna let a bully like Mayweather bully outside the ring and push him around,” added Arum.
“You have to understand if you talk back to a bully and you take a strong position with a bully, then the bully can back down and then logic will prevail and it (the dream fight) might very well happen.”
“But it won’t happen if you keep appeasing the bully. Churchill taught us all that. I think Manny Pacquiao is cut from the mold of Churchill,” said the promoter.