Pacquiao’s Team Claims Top Rank Has No Say On Fight
A few weeks ago, the boxing world was shocked to hear that Manny Pacquiao was signed to fight WBA welterweight champion, Lucas Matthysse in June.
The most shocked was Bob Arum, who claimed that he still had contractual ties with Pacquaio and the financial backers of the fight had not come through yet.
Now, according to a report by the Phil Star, Arum’s contract with Pacquiao expired in 2017, when the Filipino star lost to Jeff Horn.
According to Pacquiao’s lawyer Eldibrando Viernesto, “I reviewed the contract and I found out that Bob Arum has no more say even in the rematch, should there be any, between Manny Pacquiao and Australian boxer Jeff Horn.”
Aquiles Zonio, Pacquiao’s media officer, claims that Arum has attempted to”sabotage” Paquiao’s attempts at fighting outside the United States.
“The first one was the planned Pacquiao Dubai fight then the other was the fight supposed to be staged either in Macau or Hong Kong,” Zonio wrote.
“In two separate occasions, Arum called up Pacquiao’s financiers threatening to file a lawsuit if Top Rank is not included in the promotion. They cowed in fear resulting to the scrapping of the fight.”
Zonio claimed that this was attempted by Arum for the June fight, and the backers resisted.
“This time, Arum, for the third time, tried to sabotage the fight by calling up Pacquiao’s Malaysian financial backers. No dice, old man. He was ignored,” said Zonio.
According to Pacquiao, both Matthysse and De La Hoya will be come to Manila to announce the fight next month, later than originally reported.
“De la Hoya called up asking me if we could reset the Manila launching after the Holy Week. That’s why it (Manila press conference) was moved to April 4th.”
Original Story: The Phil Star