Manny Pacquiao’s Promoter Bob Arum Continues Dumb Attacks on MMA

By InsidetheCageMMA

Oh Bob Arum. Dear, sweet, ol’Bob.Why is it that you feel compelled to chastise and mock the world of MMA whenever the subject is broached?

Is it because this thing called MMA seems to be the product of youthful rebellion and that strikes at your conservative sensibilities? Nah, you are as progressive as any promoter in the fight game so me thinks that your true passive-aggressive disdain for the sport of MMA springs forth from some deep-seeded resentment for the popularity that the sport enjoys.

A level of popularity that dwarfs all but a Manny Pacquiao-featured boxing card. It’s clear that boxing is the combative sport of the past, and that today’s youth is drawn to the pomp and grandeur of caged mixed martial arts.

However, to hear Arum tell it MMA, specifically the UFC, will fail to sustain growth because only white males watch it. In an interview with USA Today’s Sergio Non and Scott Zucker, Arum took his old-school boxing mentality to McLean, VA as he is on a promotional tour to drive up interest for his upcoming Manny Pacquiao – Shane Mosley PPV card. However, Arum had some hot sports opinions when the subject of the UFC was brought up.

 

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Manny Pacquiao Flexes Muscle in Washington D.C.

By Kid Nate

Manny Pacquiao and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Photo by Luke Thomas.

A year ago Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was easily the biggest star from the world of combat sports. That is no longer the case. No, Georges St. Pierre hasn’t taken pole position. These days Manny Pacquiao is without doubt the most famous fighter in the world.

SB Nation‘s Luke Thomas talks about Pacquiao’s visit yesterday to the nation’s capitol:

He’s the only boxer alive who could pull this off and in no small part because of status as a Congressman from the Philippines, but boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao will meet with President Barack Obama tomorrow in Washington, DC. Think about that for a moment and try to envision anyone in MMA – Dana White or any fighter – who would be granted such a distinction. Don’t bother. There’s isn’t one.

Luke also talked to boxing promoter Bob Arum who claimed that Pacquaio’s appearance at a Harry Reid campaign rally in Nevada last year was a key to Reid’s re-election:Arum had this to say:

“I think he certainly helped. You can believe or disbelieve polls, but on the Friday before election day Harry was four points behind. On election day the Senator won by five points. Now, a lot of that was the enthusiasm that Manny created. No question about it.”

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Manny Pacquiao Causes Traffic Accident While On Way To White House To Meet Obama

By Leo Reyes

Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and wife Jinkee were practically mobbed by passionate fans and members of media near the White House in Washington D.C. on his way to see US President Barack Obama.

Due to their eagerness to come closer to the pound-for-pound king while he and wife Jinkee were negotiating their way to the White House, a series of car accidents happened after fans took turns in taking photos of the couple.

Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser, Michael Koncz, who is accompanying Manny Pacquiao on his US press tour, said Pacquiao’s presence outside the White House caused heavy traffic in the area, Fanhouse.com reports.

“We’re standing on the corner across from the White House entrance way, and couple of ladies were taking pictures while they were driving, and then, another guy took a picture while they were driving,” Koncz explained.

“And it caused a three-car accident—unbelievable. Manny was standing on the corner waiting to cross the street, and we were standing at the entrance way,” said Koncz. “Fortunately, there was only car damage. Everyone got out of their cars and it seems like no one was injured.”

Earlier, Pacquiao was ushered in to the halls of the US Senate as guest by Nevada Senator Harry Reid, who made arrangements for Pacquiao to meet with President Obama at the White House.

 

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Shane Mosley storms NY

Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

While Manny Pacquiao was making the rounds in Washington DC, Sugar Shane Mosley worked the New York City scene. Mosley appeared as guest on Boomer and Carton radio show, then hit the Opie and Anthony show, and Hip Hop Nation Ear Candy with his trainer Naseem Richardson. After that Mosley showed NY Knick star Amare Staudemire some fancy ball handling at Knicks Training Facility in Tarrytown, before stopping for a bite to eat in at 7 Brothers Dinner in Yonkers en route to ESPN Headquarters in Bristol CT.

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UFC fans confined to white males, boxing’s Arum says

By Sergio Non, USA Today

MCLEAN, Va. — Boxing promoter Bob Arum still sees mixed martial arts as the province of young caucasian guys.

“It’s the same audience over and over,” Arum said Tuesday. “It’s white males, and they have never been able to expand their demographic.”

Arum and boxer Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday visited the Washington D.C. area, the final leg of a four-city trip to promote Pacquiao’s upcoming fight with Shane Mosley. The trip included a stop at USA TODAY’s headquarters in northern Virginia for a roundtable and interviews with journalists.

The roundtable included Arum and Pacquiao, along with USA TODAY’s Sergio Non and Scott Zucker. Most of the discussion focused on boxing, but it briefly turned to mixed martial arts:

Sergio Non: UFC just sold 50,000 tickets in Toronto, while boxing’s been having some trouble selling tickets lately — only 6,000 sold in Detroit for the Devon Alexander fight. What can boxing take marketing-wise from an up-and-coming combat sport like MMA?

Arum: Understand, nothing sells like a major boxing match. I can sell for a Manny Pacquiao fight, 100,000 seats easily, if I price them right.

We put this fight in Las Vegas, but the gate in Las Vegas will be one-and-a-half times more than it was in Texas, when he fought Clottey and we had 50,000 people. So the number of people that come to the match is not necessarily indicative of anything.

Comparing the event in Detroit, where (Timothy) Bradley fought Alexander, is really indicative of the fact that the event didn’t belong in Detroit. Neither fighter came from Detroit. Neither fighter was that well known. It was put in a building that has long functioned as a normal sporting arena.

In boxing, typically, fights not on the magnitude of big title fights with Pacquiao or Mayweather, generally draw 4,000 to 5,000 people. This goes back to the ’70s and ’80s.

 

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More Pacman-Mosley NYC presser

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Global superstar and Philippine Congressman Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley continued their U.S. media tour on Valentine’s Day in New York on Monday at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers – Pier 61 with another open to the public news conference. Boxing fans got an up close and personal look at their favorites with some Pacquiao fans showing their support by waving Philippine flags while Mosley was also greeted by his share of loyal supporters.

The coast to coast media tour kicked off last Thursday in Beverly Hills and stopped over in Las Vegas on Saturday. Pacquiao and Mosley will battle for the WBO welterweight world title on May 7 on SHOWTIME PPV®.

On Monday, Pacquiao presented a Valentine’s Day cake to his wife Jinkee from the show “The Cake Boss’ on TLC and the two shared a kiss in public. Amon those speaking at the press conference were Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports and Matt Blank, Chairman and CEO of SHOWTIME Networks Inc.

Pacman then caught a train en route to Washington D.C.

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Pacman takes the train

Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank

Superstar Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee get ready to board a train at Penn Station for the final stop in Washington D.C. on his national media tour for his upcoming world welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Tuesday. Pacquiao vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs. Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View.

 

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