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Arum in the dark on Pacquiao

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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.

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  • Jake Dunn

    Why would he be Interested In being screwed by the judges and Bob for the second time? Actually he has been screwed by Bob his entire career, but that Is another story for another day.

  • Teddy Reynoso

    There is money in Manila if only Arum will do his job as a promoter. But the thing is Arum does not want to share in the cost of putting up the fight here. Neither does he want to work hard in securing sponsors which are aplenty who area both willing and able to help if only to ensure that the fight will be held here and conducted fairly and squarely .

  • Teddy Reynoso

    There is ready money in Australia but only up to a certain limit so as to ensure another hefty profit for Duco promotions and economic windfall for the host state government and of course a modest share of income for Arum who I suspect will again more than make up for that with commissions on the side from hotels and other establishment that would stand to benefit from the rematch. It’s a sure money for Arum while Manny stands to earn just the same purse or even less given that he is no longer the champion. Neat, eh?

  • Teddy Reynoso

    The Philippine tourism department has announced its interest and its willingness to advance the cost of putting up the fight as a special promotional project for the benefit of the country’s tourism industry. Big business here have also pledged and committed their full support for the rematch to be staged here. What is Arum saying about money not available for the rematch in the Philippines? He even cited the peso-dollar exchange which has been around that level for years to justify his doubts. Mr Arum, in case you don’t know the Philippines is the fastest-growing economy in the world next only to China. There is money certainly but Arum does not want to work hard anymore.

  • ana uy

    I can’t understand idol Bob Arum. Pacquiao said he had the FULL support of President Duterte and the Tourism Dept. re the Horn fight in Manila. Big named concerts (Beatles, Michael Jacson, Madonna, Britney Spears, Boyz II Men, etc Name it…have it all) have been staged in Manila with success. We have a 55,000 seating capacity COVERED arena. Brisbane has only an open stadium which is vulnerable to bad weather. Why Bob? Remember “Thrilla in Manila”? What’s the problem? Any ulerior reason?