Arum Expresses Concern For Manny’s Long-Term Health
Riding high off of singing American Pie with Tyson Fury, Promoter Bob Arum took time to address his concerns on Manny Pacquiao.
“Look, I love Manny Pacquiao,” Arum told reporters of the current IBF “regular” welterweight champion who faces Keith Thurman next month inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena. “I have a whole history with Manny Pacquiao. I’m really rooting for Manny Pacquiao, but you’ve gotta realize that he’s 41 years of age, and when a fighter has been around so long passes his late 30s and goes into his 40s, he’s not gonna be as good as he was in his prime.”
“I wish him the best and I hope he wins the fight but I am concerned, as I would be for any fighter, that when they get to a certain age that they probably should not be fighting anymore.
“You know, I mean, the doctors will tell you that the cranium as you get older, thins out,” Arum said of the fighter who has appeared over 70 times in the ring as a pro. “So a guy that’s younger gets hit and the cranium absorbs the blow so that it doesn’t affect the brain matter.
“When they get older the cranium is thinner, and when you get hit it affects — that would be the worst thing in the world if Manny Pacquiao suffered brain damage at this point.”
Arum cited a recent incident where Zab Judah, who at 41, was suffered a brain bleed in an 11th round stoppage loss to Cletus Seldin two weeks ago.
“Zab Judah is a perfect example of how dangerous it is for a guy to continue fighting into his 40s,” Arum said.
“God is always there to protect me and there’s nothing to worry about. God is good all the time,” Pacquiao told The Manila Times on Monday.
“I’m really thankful [for Arum’s advice] but it depends on the boxer on how he takes cares of his body and how he trains. The preparation should be enough even if he’s 40 years old or more, to do what he wants at the top of the ring.”
Report: The Manila times