By Nick Giongco
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum remains in the dark as to what Manny Pacquiao wants to do with his boxing career.
“Manny is not concentrating as a fighter,” Arum said yesterday from Las Vegas when asked about Top Rank’s plans for the Filipino senator.
Arum feels that “Manny’s doing so many important things as a senator” that boxing has taken a backseat from his list of priorities.
“I don’t know what his plans are,” said Arum, who turns 86 this December.
Reports that Pacquiao wants to face Australian conqueror Jeff Horn in Manila doesn’t sound financial viable.
“There is no money in the Philippines but there is in Australia,” he said.
Horn is obligated to grant Pacquiao a rematch following his stunning unanimous decision over the 38-year-old southpaw last July in Brisbane as there is a clause in the contract that calls for one in the event the Filipino loses in an upset.
Horn is slated to defend the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown he snatched from Pacquiao sometime in late-November or early-December in Brisbane and is willing to do a rematch with Pacquiao in February or March, noted Arum.
The thing is, Pacquiao doesn’t seem interested in getting back into the ring against the rugged Horn unless the fight is held in the Philippines.