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Arum issues ultimatum to Pacquiao


by Nick Giongco

Top Rank chief Bob Arum is giving Manny Pacquiao 48 hours to make a decision whether he is going to fight or not on July 2 in Brisbane, Australia.

While Arum is in constant touch with Pacquiao, through the fighting senator’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz, the 85-year-old Hall of Fame promoter is anxious whether his proposal will come into fruition.

“They have to make a decision by Wednesday (Thursday in Manila),” said Arum from Los Angeles yesterday.

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao

Arum is proposing that Pacquiao defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against undefeated Jeff Horn at the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium.

With the working date just a little over three months away, Arum wants Pacquiao to make his move, stressing that the Australian government can’t afford to wait as it already has the money on the table.

Arum didn’t say exactly how much is being dangled.

Efforts to stage the Pacquiao-Horn showdown was scuttled a few months ago when Koncz explored the possibility of bringing the 38-year-old Filipino star to the United Arab Emirates to meet former sparring partner Amir Khan of England.

Koncz went the extra mile in making it happen after being assured a whopping $38-million by UAE businessmen, flying to the UAE to meet up with sponsors.

But Arum was skeptical about the whole thing and talks collapsed, paving the way for Arum to rework his original offer sheet for Pacquiao to travel Down Under to fight Horn.

“If we can’t get a fight for him this July, we’ll look at November,” said Arum, noting that a return appearance on US soil seems improbable given the skidding pay-per-view sales.

“Unless it’s a big fight, we are looking at Manny fighting outside the US,” Arum said.

There are offers for Pacquiao to fight in Qatar and even in South Africa towards the end of the year, according to Arum.

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    Skidding PPV parallels Manny’s skidding performance. Most don’t think he can still regain his old devastating form.

    • Culture Mix

      Bull shit

      • Pinoy_725

        Why BS?

        He’s not the same fiery boxer he used to be so naturally his PPVs is on the downtrend. Isn’t that what they had experienced in his last few fights?

        Besides, your Pacquaio thinks he is now an effective senator that his interest in boxing “may really” be waning now.

  • acabert_alstri

    Doon nalang cya sa Senado kasi panalo yong mga motion nya he he he

  • Teddy Reynoso

    Early July is fine as the Philippine Congress is still in recess. Senator Pacquiao really has to make a decision ASAP.

  • jorge5man

    pinadapa ni marquez……..
    takot kay crawford…

  • iriga1_city1_boy1

    Pacquiao has to make up his mind.Fight or no fight.If no fight? GO “RETIRE!!!!!

  • Culture Mix

    Fuck Arum that greedy bastard,… he should have let the Khan fight happen

    • Pinoy_725

      I thought they have not laid out the $38m purse the reason why even his business manager have agreed to cancel the fight.

      Isn’t that what really happened?

  • waraykaon

    No mas, no dinero. No more PPV, sayang lang ang piso ko.

  • Omenghon

    Its now very clear that Arum is only after the money that Manny generates (who wouldn’t). While there are a lot of more skillful fighter other than the one named Jeff Horn (who the hell is he?), uncle Bob would not even consider any among the Amirs, Garcias, Thurmans, Brooks, and Crawfords. Why? simply because Horn has no chance of beating Manny unlike the latter fighters.
    Since Manny’s career as a fighter is on the waning stages, I believe its just proper for him to match with the best! And its also clear that he won’t be getting this under the wings of Bob Arum!