Bob Arum compared Floyd Mayweather to Joseph Goebbels. This was probably a mistake. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Bob Arum probably went about 100 steps too far in a radio interview with ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas, comparing Floyd Mayweather to Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler's Minister of Propaganda, on the subject of why Mayweather has not fought Manny Pacquiao.
Here's the quote, via Sports Radio Interviews:
"What do you mean take the test? For two years Pacquiao has said that he will take any drug test whoever administers it so why is that still being talked about by Mayweather? You see Mayweather is from the school of propaganda that Joseph Goebbels, who was Hitler’s publicist, adopted. The more you say things over and over again the more people believe them."
With this single quote, and the woefully ill-advised comparison, Arum pretty much shoots himself in the foot trying to make what I believe is actually a good point: That Pacquiao has agreed to Mayweather's drug testing demands, and yet Floyd still goes on and on about "take the test."
Look, Floyd does like to parrot the same nonsense over and over, because his fanbase is an easy sell. They buy whatever he says. So does Pacquiao's fanbase. Everyone is picking off the easy marks here. That happens. But Arum's point goes way too far, and he giddily races over the line and starts jumping up and down on the other side of it.
Whatever good point he made is pretty much neutered by the fact that he decided he needed to call Mayweather a Nazi.
If you ever wonder why we say "both sides are to blame" and generally refuse to just go "Mayweather/Pacquiao is totally scared of Pacquiao/Mayweather and that's why this fight isn't happening!!!!" here's a prime example. Mayweather actually is silly constantly squawking about "take the test," not because the test shouldn't be taken, but because Manny has agreed to that part. But here's Bob Arum proving he'll go above and beyond to sling dirt at Floyd. It's absurd. At this rate, you will never see the Nazi Publicist vs the Roid Monster.
Pacquiao faces Timothy Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas, if you'd prefer to get back to the actual boxing that is going to happen.