Pacquiao Talks PBC Jump: “No Problem With Arum”
While many fighters have gripes with Top Rank founder Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao does not count himself as one.
On Wednesday, the Filipino senator told reporters that he appreciates what Arum and his team at Top Rank had done for his career, and that any financial or contractual obligations are no-longer an issue.
“We don’t have a problem with Bob Arum,” Pacquiao said. “I’m so thankful with him. Because of him, he helped me a lot with my career here in America. And I don’t have a problem with Bob Arum. I’m really thankful in my life that God used him to help me here in the United States. So, I’m thankful for him.”
Arum promoted Pacquiao for the majority of the 40-year old’s career, ending their relationship following his controversial 2017 loss to Jeff Horn, deciding to promote his return against Lucas Matthysse under his own MP Promotions banner with Top Rank handling the broadcast deal in the United States on ESPN+.
Following that fight and winning the WBA “regular” welterweight title, Pacquaio signed with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions banner, while still promoting under his MP Promotions banner.
“I’m working with Al Haymon and consulting him for this big opportunity for me and my boxers that I have in the Philippines,” Pacquiao said of the reach Haymon has in the boxing industry, coupled with his deals with Fox and Showtime. “You know, so it’s a big opportunity for them.
“I’m not thinking about myself alone, but I’m thinking about my fighters. I have a lot of fighters in the Philippines, at least 50 boxers, and I want them to have a chance here, in America, to fight.”
Pacquiao returns to Pay-Per-View in his first fight under his new deal, as he defends his title against Adrien Broner on January 19th in Las Vegas, with a potential showdown with Floyd Mayweather waiting in the wings.
Initial Report: Boxing Scene