Arum Claims Pacquiao’s Debt Won’t Prevent U.S. Return

Even though Manny Pacquiao is in the midst of tax troubles in the United States, his former promoter Bob Arum believes it won’t prevent him from having his next fight in the United States.

Pacquiao, who last fought in the United States against Jessie Vargas in 2016, is told the Los Angeles Times after his victory over Lucas Matthysse, that he wants to fight next in the U.S.

Rumors and reports spread during Pacquiao’s seventh round knockout of Matthysse, that the Filipino Senator owes the IRS $20 million in back taxes, Arum would tell the Times that the fighter’s debt was not that large, nor would it prevent him from fighting in the United States.

“They are working through that with the IRS,” Arum said, “and they’re optimistic they’ll have a resolution. It’s nowhere near [$20 million]. The hope is a plan can be worked out so he can fight [in the U.S.] and begin to pay off what his obligations are.”

Initial Report: Los Angeles Times

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