The idea behind Saturday’s Amir Khan-Canelo Alvarez world title fight came to Oscar De La Hoya while watching a field of GOP presidential hopefuls talk over and tussle with one another on a primetime debate stage.
In particular, Donald Trump and his hard-line "nonsense" takes on inclusion and immigration stood out to the Mexican-American former boxer. As Trump has spent much of the last year denigrating those with non-American heritages, De La Hoya thought up the most poignant way to “show” the now-presumptive Republican nominee the beauty of diversity.
So he organized the fight between British Muslim Khan and Mexican Alvarez.
And now, taking a cue from De La Hoya, Khan, too, is throwing proverbial haymakers Trump’s way.
At a media session Wednesday that neatly coincided with Trump’s final rivals dropping out of the GOP primary race, Khan joked, “You never know, this could be the last fight for me and Canelo here -- that’s if Donald Trump becomes president."
Among other stances and statements, Khan was likely alluding to: (1) The Donald’s December remark that he would like to see a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S., and (2) his oft-repeated promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, in the hope of stymieing the number of Mexico's "people" -- whom he has deemed “killers” and “rapists” -- coming into America.
Alvarez’s Wednesday words on Trump’s politics echoed those of Khan, albeit placing the situation in a more serious light.
“I want him to understand that when I go out running, I see a lot of my countrymen working hard in the fields,” Alvarez said. “They’ve not come here to rob and steal. We want to show him that we Mexicans come here to succeed and to be victorious.”
In this new verbal bout between Trump and the boxers, round one surely goes to the latter.