Former welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya has escalated his ongoing verbal battle with his former promoter, Bob Arum, by injecting race and religion.
"I don't have blue eyes and I am not white, but a Mexican arriving on the cusp of fame," De La Hoya told La Opinion, a Spanish-language newspaper, "and that is what they do not support.
"Arum's people hope that I lose because they can't see a Mexican above them, and also that he has defeated one of the biggest Jews to come out of Harvard."
The remarks appeared in Saturday's edition of La Opinion.
"I'm really shocked," Arum, who is of the Jewish faith and graduated from Harvard Law School, said Wednesday.
"In eight years with [De La Hoya], I never knew he harbored those kind of thoughts. It's really shocking. I'm just disappointed. This is something that really cuts to the core. He can lash out at me and say whatever he wants to say, but when he puts that word in [referring to Arum's religion], he knows what he is saying. That [Judaism] is irrelevant."