Arum concerned about Floyd's 'racist' tendencies

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Posted at Nov 10 2011 06:14 PM | Updated as of Nov 11 2011 02:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Aside from issues of random drug and urine testing and purse split, Top Rank chief executive officer Bob Arum has one more concern on his mind regarding a potential mega-fight between boxing's pound-for-pound king, Manny Pacquiao, and the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.

In an interview with Gareth Davies of Telegraph Sports, Arum admitted that he is concerned of Mayweather's tendency to say 'racist' statements.

"One of the reasons I never really was so keen on a Mayweather fight... is because how Manny is going to be tainted by some of the vile things that Mayweather comes out with," Arum said.

Mayweather had infamously insulted Pacquiao in a rant through U-Stream last year, wherein he called the Filipino fighter "a midget," a "little yellow chump," and said that Pacquiao "can't speak no English."

"God knows what Mayweather is capable of saying," Arum added. "It's one thing to talk about how much better a fighter he is, and Manny can't do this or do that."

"But Mayweather, who has no sensibility in this, is capable of insulting the country. The ignorance is so appalling."

Arum told the story of a Singapore businessman who wanted to finance a Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown in his country, only to be turned down by Mayweather.

"Mayweather said to him, at least according to him, 'No, I'm not going to Singapore, because it gives Pacquiao too big an advantage, because he's Asian.' And he said why? And (Mayweather) says, 'Well, you know, he's Asian,'" Arum said.

"The guy tells Mayweather that Manny is Filipino, and the people from Singapore are Chinese. And Mayweather told him, they are all the same," he added.

Not that stupid

A blogger believes, however, that Mayweather will not be so stupid as to insult the whole country of the Philippines.

"(Mayweather) is honestly not that stupid," said Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook. "Mayweather... understands that that would be PR suicide."

"I'm not saying he's a genius or anything, but he keeps his cool with press conference type stuff, and 'official' interviews," Christ added.