Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Composite Photo.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum blasted American boxer Floyd Mayweather, describing the American's statements on a possible mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao as "Hitlerian."
“I know you are younger, [but in] the second World War, Hitler did that to the world,” the outspoken promoter said, referring to Mayweather's statements about Pacquiao.
In contrast, the promoter compared the Filipino champ 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.
"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 the promoter.
“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 (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.”
This is not the first time Arum used a Nazi analogy when discussing Mayweather. In 2012, the promoter compared the boxer to Hitler propagandist Joseph Goebbels in light of demands for Pacquiao to undergo drug testing.
After the Top Rank executive made the Hitler comparison, the boxer's father Flord Mayweather, Sr. hit back, saying Arum, who is a Jew, is the one who acts like the Nazi dictator.
“If he is gonna make a statement like that, yes he (Arum) is Hitler,” Mayweather Sr. said. “If he is calling my son Hitler, he (Arum) is Hitler... a Hitler and a Jew and everything else that goes with it.”
But Mayweather Sr. also said his son’s camp is keeping their doors open for the possible dream match.
“[Floyd] might be saving the best for last, that's what it might be,” he said.
But until that happens, boxing fans have to settle for a Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley rematch be in April, and a Mayweather Jr. bout on May 3. -- With report from Bev llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau