Arum makes political statement with Pacquiao-Bradley undercard

LOS ANGELES – Top Rank’s Bob Arum introduced the televised undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley III pay-per-view, which will feature three fights, including former Olympian turned Freddie Roach prospect Jose Ramirez, who sparred with Pacquiao before the Chris Algeri fight.

“It’s very motivating to be in this type of fight. It’s also a symbol. I’m a lot closer to becoming a world champion and it takes this type of fight to make me a better fighter,” said Ramirez.

As a Wild Card Gym fighter, Ramirez will train alongside Team Pacquiao once again and will work closely with Roach’s Filipino assistant Marvin Somodio.

“Si Manny naglalaro. Excited na ako. Gusto ko lagi andun ako para mapapanood ko ang laban. Hindi lang boxer ko. Siyempre si Manny Pacquiao ang exciting,” he said.

While the main event features Pacquiao, a politician, Arum also sent a political message with this undercard.

“As an American, I have been outraged at the statements of certain politicians which denigrate immigrants and Hispanics. I think it’s been horrible and this is my small way of fighting back,” said Arum.

Despite Pacquiao’s claims that his April 9 fight against Bradley will be his swan song, the hall-of-fame promoter said retirements in this sport aren’t always for sure.

“I’ve been promoting boxing 50 years, time after time fighters have said to me that they were retiring only to unretire,” he said. “The last time that happened, Brandon Rios told me he was retiring. He made a speech after the Bradley fight that he was retired and a half hour later he called me back and unretired. Fighters love to fight and is very hard for them to retire.”

“If Manny wants to retire after this fight, it’s certainly up to him and I would applaud it but I’m not counting on that happening.”

Bradley is expected to begin training next week in California while the Pacman has begun his ground work in the Philippines.

Unlike past camps, Arum won’t visit the Pacman’s Philippine camp. He will wait a few weeks until the fighting congressman is at the Wild Card Gym.

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