If you support Donald Trump, promoter Bob Arum does not want you watching his April 9 pay-per view.
”The more Donald Trump supporters I alienate, the prouder I am,” Arum told journalists. ”I know who he’s appealing to, and if they’re his supporters, let them stay home and not buy my fight.”
He calls the bouts leading up to the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley main event the No Trump Undercard. It features, like a lot of boxing cards in the U.S., numerous Mexican fighters.
”No one deserves to be called the type of things Donald Trump has said about us,” Jose Ramirez, a 2012 Olympian who fights on the April 9 undercard, told the AP. ”I’m here to be an example and show them that it’s wrong.”
Even without the No Trump Undercard, the event comes not without controversy. After headliner Manny Pacquiao compared homosexuals unfavorably to animals pressure mounted for HBO to drop the fight. Nike ditched him as a product endorser and a mall near the Los Angeles gym where he sometimes trains issued a ban on the welterweight.
Trump, whose restrictionist stance on immigration outrages Arum, helped promote numerous fights in the 1980s and 1990s, including the historic heavyweight title unification match between Mike Tyson and Michael Spinks. Bob Arum, who promoted such fights as De La Hoya-Mayweather, Hagler-Leonard, and Holyfield-Foreman, supports Hillary Clinton for president.