Promoter Bob Arum went into the lion's den, and appeared on Greta Van Susteren's Fox news show on Thursday night, talking about The Decision, and the move by some DC pols to take a stab at “fixing” the sport.
Reporter Griff Jenkins told viewers that the WBO's five judge panel all said that Manny Pacquiao beat Tim Bradley on June 9. He spoke to WBO prez Francisco Valcarcel on the phone and he said that the WBO is “sure” Manny won.
Arum, a diehard Dem who worked in the Justice Department under Robert F. Kennedy and has stumped for Nevada Senator Harry Reid a bunch, then talked about the decision, which he termed horrendous. Jenkins asked Arum if he supported a federal boxing commission, as has been floated by Senators Reid and John McCain (R-Arizona). “Don't overregulate,” Arum recommended to McCain, reminding him that he's not Barney Frank.
Pretty slick, that Arum, busting chops on one of the GOP's favorite targets, the Dem Congressman from Massachusetts, Frank. One would never recall that Arum said, “Manny Pacquiao reminds me of Barack Obama,” back in 2008, as Obama was chugging towards an election victory. Yep, here was another example of why Bob is the best in the business, light years, I'd say, beyond the rest of the promotional pack when it comes to working the political angles of the game.