Arum Thinks Matthysse A Tough Fight For Pacquiao

Following Manny Pacquiao’s loss to Jeff Horn in July of 2017, the relationship between Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum is not as harmonious as it once was.

The real signs of friction began when Arum looked to set the Filipino star up against Mike Alvarado on the Terence Crawford-Jeff Horn undercard. Pacquiao would not only pull out of the fight, but claim through his management that he was no longer under contract to Arum’s Top Rank promotions.

Pacquiao now is set to face WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse on July 14th in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, and Arum thinks this is a tricky situation for Pacquiao at 39 years old.

“I think it’s a tough fight,” Arum told “I think it’s a dangerous fight for Manny at this stage of his career. Matthysse hits like a truck. Manny has got to get himself ready and has to forget for a while his senatorial duties.”

Arum still claims that Top Rank still has promotional ties to the Filipino boxer/senator/lieutenant colonel, and hoped that he eased back into the sport after the Horn loss, before facing someone the level of Matthysse.

“I have no idea what to expect with Pacquiao,” Arum said.

“I’ve never seen him come off this kind of layoff, except for after the Mayweather fight because he had the operation [on his shoulder]. But when he came back from the Mayweather fight and the surgery, he was sharp as hell with [Timothy] Bradley. So we’ll have to see, but it’s a very tough fight for Manny.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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