If the name “Bob Arum” sounds only vaguely familiar, that’s okay. That’s because boxing is only vaguely familiar to many younger sports fans, a demographic that has trended largely toward MMA over the last few years. But Arum’s a fight promoter, one who’s been in the business for decades, and is in charge of the Pacquiao-Cotto fight coming up this November.
As you can imagine, Arum doesn’t hold MMA in very high regard. He’s also a very senior citizen who “grew up in a different era,” as polite people often say, and when pressed to elucidate his disdain for MMA, unleashed some ridiculously offensive comments, the likes of which you’d never hear from high-ranking people in any sport but boxing. Or, um, MMA. Video is below.
If you don’t feel like wasting almost nine minutes on some old guy, don’t worry. Here’s the pertinent stuff, courtesy of FANHOUSE:
[H]is harshest words were saved for MMA, as Arum said the sport looks like “guys rolling around like homosexuals on the ground” and called MMA fans “a bunch of skinhead white guys.”
Oh, old people’s sensibilities. Is there anything you don’t make worse?
But that’s really what it comes down to. Arum is old. The things he’s saying are the way people used to insult other people. Now, for many people, “gay” is just a non-sequitur.
Because really, Arum’s comments would ring true if they were based in anything but senile fear. The UFC and everything else aren’t so weird people can get boners, and it’s not “white guys vs. black guys and this is for all the marbles, black people win and Obama gets another four years” or any of that nonsense. It’s about beating the hell out of your opponent with your bare hands. It’s about the fight, and that’s that.
Now, people are going to clamor for Dana White to issue a response, and they’ll want it to be spiteful and aggressive, because that’s what people want from Dana White. Like he’s a testosterone machine and he’d better produce. If White’s really savvy, though, he’ll let Arum swing from his own rope and just plain dismiss him. He doesn’t need F-bombs and high volume or anything. He knows Arum’s on the losing end; all that’s left is to point it out calmly, then move on.