Ariel Helanwi did an interview with boxing promoter Bob Arum at the Manny Pacquiao Miguel Cotto presser. Arum looks after Pacquiao’s interests. There is a video of the interview on MMAFanhouse
I haven’t seen the interview as I can’t play video at work but I googled around for it and found an article on the Sun’s UFC minisite with some excerpts:
For those who don’t know, Bob is a dinosaur. He is hardly the UFC’s target demographic and is definitely “of the old school”. But even so he is at least mildly retarded to have said some of this stuff. Seriously what the hell is this guy on? There are so many flaws in his rant that it’s borderline insane.
Ahh the old classic: “rolling around on the ground like homosexuals” – I’m not even going to try and defend MMA against statements like this because it is just such a stupid statement, I dont need to! Arum will no doubt be blasted by the PC brigade the same as Dana was when he overused the word “faggot”, and rightly so. Do all homosexuals roll around on the ground? Do you have to be a homosexual to do so? I’ve ‘rolled around on the ground’ a fair bit, is it time I came out to my wife and admitted our marriage is a sham? Grappling fans want to know Bob!!
Here’s a couple of my favourite quotes:
- “UFC’s a bunch of skinhead white guys watching a bunch of people in the ring who also look like skinhead white guys. “
- “The guys can’t throw punches to save their ass and when a punch lands they’ve got no chin. They’re not like boxers and aren’t trained like them.”
Can’t throw punches? Tell Rampage, Rashad, Kongo and Anderson that (who by the way are all black Bob…yes there are blackmen competing in the UFC!! Can you believe it!). What will the skinheaded, tattooed white MMA fans make of this? It’s scandalous….mindblowing… get the darkies out Bob before they take over, I’m with you!!! 😕 🙄
Surely this guy is on some sort of medication?
There’s so much more I could rant about in the interview but I will sum up by quoting one of the user comments on the Bloody Elbow post about this. Mr Black Dragon… couldn’t have said it better myself:
90% of the crowd has tattoos? Okay…even if that’s true, so what? Nobody in any boxing crowd has ever had a tattoo.
It’s crazy. I don’t care when fans dis other sports because their opinions don’t carry as much weight as the guys that run the sports. Dana saying boxing is dead is stupid, because if boxing puts up numbers comparable to the better UFC fights, in the public eye (who don’t factor in that MMA as an accepted sport is less than twenty years old and thus hasn’t been subject to milestones like the Depression, allowing blacks to fight whites, having good – Raging Bull, Rocky, Cinderella Man – movies made about it) they wonder what makes UFC so special.
Conversely the loudest detractors of MMA tend to sound anywhere from misinformed to borderline delusional. At least Dana respects boxing, if not how the sport is handled at the highest levels.
Top Four arguments I see nearly every time I venture too far from a site like BE.
Too violent: Yeah, and standing eight counts are civilized.
Untalented: Yep, all those Olympians, former pro football players, collegiate wrestlers, multi-time karate/muythai/judo champions are all just bums anybody can beat.
Gay/Homosexual: Nope, there’s never any clinching (which is illegal by the way) in boxing. Nope, never seen two guys hug for half a round because one guy was trying to catch his breath. Move along.
Boxing is real fighting: Holy shit, my mind has bee blown. I just realized every fight I’ve ever been in, my opponents always adhered to the Marquis of Queensbury rules.
It’s just weird. Criticize all you want, but try to make a little sense. No ethnic groups like MMA? We haven’t had black, Brazilian, French Canadian, Mexican, or whatever the hell Mousai is champions? Lying about PPV numbers? Because I don’t like NO ONE does? Seriously?
So there you have it Bob Arum = crazy old dude, who should seriously give up his dayjob and settle into a nice retirement spent pissing himself in his armchair whilst he watches fights in black & white and rants about the golden era of boxing!
Combat sports are moving on Bob, either keep up or shut up!