Arum to attend final presidential debate
The first two presidential debates have been likened to prize fights, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump exchanging barbs as if they were trying to render the other unconscious.
So it’s only fitting that an actual boxing promoter — Bob Arum, who is a vocal supporter of Clinton and has denounced Trump at every turn — would be in attendance at Wednesday’s final debate at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, where Arum’s Top Rank offices are located. The venue is also the host site of Manny Pacquiao’s return against welterweight titleholder Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 on pay-per-view.
But the main event, for now, as far as Arum is concerned, is Wednesday’s third debate, which will seek to enter the pantheon of great trilogies…Ward-Gatti, Ali-Frazier…Clinton-Trump? “It should be a great experience,” Arum told RingTV.com. “It’s great that Lovey and I got tickets and I’m really looking forward to it,” he said, referring to his wife.
Arum has long feuded with the real estate mogul over his divisive language of deporting millions and building a wall. Arum offered in May to promote a debate between Trump and Bernie Sanders, a one-time Democratic candidate, saying he would donate $20 million in proceeds to charity. He also staged a “No Trump” undercard of Hispanic fighters below Pacquiao and Tim Bradley’s third fight. Would Arum give Trump an earful if he gets close to the Republican candidate?
“You can’t talk to anyone at these debates, that’s ridiculous,” said Arum, a Harvard-educated attorney who once worked in Robert Kennedy’s Justice Department before entering boxing. “I wouldn’t talk to Trump, but I’m all in for Hillary. I think everything looks good for her and I know she’ll be under control and God knows what’s going to come out of his mouth.”
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