Arum Claims Pacquiao-Matthysse Is Not Official
As reported this week by FIGHT SPORTS, Manny Pacquiao announced to the Filipino media that he would be returning to the ring to fight Lucas Matthysse on June 24th….
“It’s already final,” Pacquiao said. “I’m going to fight in Malaysia on June 24. It is against Matthysse. I’ll be ready for the preparation and it’s going to be 11 weeks.”
In a report from Boxing Scene, Top Rank promoter, Bob Arum, who was not mentioned in the aforementioned statement, claims that the fight is possible, but has not been finalized, as investors have yet to pay a deposit.
“They’re hoping to do a deal in Malaysia,” Arum said, referring to Pacquiao and his handlers in the Philippines. “I haven’t been handling that deal. They’ve been handling that deal themselves. Hopefully the money, in the form of a deposit, turns up.
“The Malaysia part is up in the air. I don’t know these Malaysian people. If they put up the money, it’ll happen, happily. But do I know whether the money will be put up? No, I don’t. It’s as simple as that. It’s exactly like usual. The only difference is the action has now moved from the Mideast to Asia. It used to be the Mideast. How many stories were there about [investors in] Abu Dhabi, about Dubai, about Saudi Arabia?”
Arum also explained that Top Rank would be handling operations for the proposed fight between Pacquiao and Matthysse.
“Golden Boy [Promotions] has a contract with Matthysse, but Golden Boy has been told that it would a provision of service agreement for Matthysse [to fight Pacquiao],” Arum said. “They would just be supplying the fighter.
“Manny wants to be the promoter in Malaysia. We would handle the logistics there for them and we would handle worldwide television.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene