Arum Talks Pacquiao Meeting

Bob Arum made a sojourn to the Philippines this past weekend, and met with Manny Pacquiao to figure out plans for what’s next for Top Rank and the Filipino senator.

Pacquiao, who took the WBA “regular” welterweight title in an impressive stoppage win over Lucas Matthysse, promoted the fight himself and looks to continue to act as his own promoter. And while the promoter-fighter relationship between Arum and Pacquiao may be ending, but Arum claimed to Boxing Scene that their talk was ”very cordial, very good.”

In regards to a potential future relationship with Pacquiao, Arum said that: “Yes, but you know, again, we now know what he is looking for in the future as far as fights are concerned and it’s our job to come up with he fights, the money, the dates, the sites and everything – and at least now we know exactly what he wants – but I’m not going to get into it.”

When asked about Pacquiao’s tax issues preventing him from fighting in the United States, Arum told Boxing Scene: “that’s hard to say, that is not really something that I’m up to. That depends on, again, him and his adviser. It’s not something for me to opine on.”

Arum also said that a fight between Pacquiao and three division world champion Vasyl Lomachenko is quite possible for 2019.

”I think very [much],” answered Arum, who claimed that the only way the fight could happen would be at a catch-weight.

Lomachenko’s focus is currently on a December return, against the winner of the August 25th Ray Beltran and Jose Pedraza fight.


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