Pacquiao Claims He’s Begun Matthysse Training Camp

Last week, Manny Pacquiao made the shocking announcement that he will be returning to the ring on June 24th to face Lucas Matthysse.

Less than a day later, Bob Arum, who has promoted Pacquiao for nearly his entire career, claimed the card set to take place in Kuala Lumpure was not a done deal.

Arum also claimed that despite was Pacquiao’s press-release claimed, that Top Rank would be involved, and not just Pacquiao’s promotional company in-conjunction with Golden Boy, who promote Matthysse.

“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,” Arum added.

After claims that he was no longer under contract with Top-Rank, Pacquiao told reporters that the deal for a fight with Matthysse was “99%” complete. Pacquiao also told reporters that he hopes to have a press conference in Manila early next month with both Matthysse and Golden BOy CEO Oscar De La Hoya,

Pacquiao is so convinced the fight will be finalized, that he’s begun training for the fight.

“I started early because my last fight was in July last year. My opponent is a reigning WBA champion so I must be in tip-top shape when I climb up the ring,” Pacquiao said to GMA News.

“I started doing just a light workout to boost my stamina, speed and power. Training at the boxing gym will begin in the middle of April.

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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