During separate interviews with FanHouse on Wednesday, former undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins reiterated comments from November -- when he asserted that eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao never has faced a top-notch African-American boxer -- and Pacquiao's promoter, Top Rank CEO, Bob Arum, p90x, p90x dvd, p90x cheap, power 90;ghd hair, ghd styler, tai chi , bao chi;vibram running shoes , five toe shoes , vibram five finger;nike air , adidas shoes , ugg boots , moncler jackets , coach handbags , chanel handbagsdefended Hopkins' statements.

Although Pacquiao has vanquished non-American black fighters such as Joshua Clottey of Ghana and Lehlohonolo Ledwaba of South Africa, Hopkins and Arum contend that the styles and skills of those two fighters don't measure up to their American-born black counter parts such as Floyd Mayweather, Zab Judah or Shane Mosley.wholesale nfl jerseys,cheap nhl jerseys,football jerseys,nba shop;winter cap,red bull cap,monster hat,new era hats,dc winter cap;asics running,asics gel shoes,running shoes asics;180 color eyeshadow,mac makeup,mac brush

"Bernard Hopkins took some criticism for saying what he said, but Hopkins is a good student of the game. It's not any racist kind of thing that he's saying," said Arum on Wednesday. "It's just that the African-American style that we all know -- and, even though not every African-American fights that style -- but the African-American style is a distinct style."

The 32-year-old Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 knockouts) will defend his WBO welterweight (147 pounds) belt in an HBO pay-per-view televised bout against the 39-year-old former WBA welterweight king Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs), although his WBC junior middleweight (154 pounds) belt will not be on the line.

"I would like to say one more thing along with the Bob Arum thing that I don't mind saying and that I would love for you to put out there," said Hopkins. "No matter what happens when Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao fight, until he fights a Floyd Mayweather, who I think represents not only the style but the community I come from when it comes to the slickness and the boxing and the knowledge that Shane Mosley has also -- through his father, he learned it, from living in Pomona near Los Angeles, Calif. -- my thing is that I think that people have to understand that when I say these things, as Bob Arum said, it's not a racist statement.

"They made a movie, 'White Men Can't Jump.' Larry Bird is one of the greatest basketball players of all time, but guess what? He didn't have a big jumping skill. But he can shoot your lights out with a three-pointer like no one else ever did. And he used the talent that he had. He [Bird] wasn't a Michael Jordan. He didn't have the athleticism of a Dr. J, Julius Irving, or, the Ice Man, George Gervin, from San Antonio. I know my sports. But the style that he had, he mastered and he [Bird] had, he used what he had. That's greatness in itself.

"So, the athleticism that we possess and that we are born with, most of us, not all of us, but most of us -- because I've seen some awkward black guys that can't even tie their shoes. But the blessing of most of us is that we've run the races. Jesse Owe ran against the Germans. We're known in history. It's in our DNA, most of us. There's no secret that we are built differently. There's no secret that we have things that other cultures don't have and that they have to work to get. It's nothing that I made up or anything that was printed on a book two days ago. It's called genetics."

Pacquiao's selection of the aging Mosley has drawn criticism from the boxing community, but Arum told Elie Seckbach of FanHouse that Mosley was a threat.

"Manny Pacquiao, with all due respect, never has fought a fighter of the ability and the skill set of Mosley. Mosley is the epitome of an African-American fighter with a style," said Arum.

"And even though he is a little on in age, he still has that style and he still has that punching power. And I, for one, am curious as to how Pacquiao deals with that type of style, which he hasn't faced before. That's the interesting part of this fight."


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