Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum doesn’t have any problem with Manny Pacquiao’s declaration that he is retiring right after his April 9 rubber match with Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas.
“If that’s what he wants,” said Arum over the phone yesterday from Las Vegas.
Pacquiao, speaking from his headquarters in General Santos City, said yesterday that he is hanging up his gloves – win or lose – after the Bradley bout set at the MGM Grand.
Stressing that he will “focus” on his life as a politician, Pacquiao is upbeat that he will win a seat in the Senate during the May elections as surveys continue to rank him at either No. 7 or No. 8.
Arum, however, is not closing the doors on the possibility that Pacquiao might not be able to resist the urge to return to the ring again most especially if he does well against Bradley.
A rematch with Floyd Mayweather, a fight that is expected to generate another killing in the pay-per-view and the box-office, looms on the horizon.
“We’ll see what happens,” said the 84-year-old Arum, noting that Top Rank has Pacquiao under contract until 2017.
“It’s up to him,” added Arum, who began exclusively promoting Pacquiao beginning in 2004 although Top Rank put him underneath Floyd Mayweather’s card in Nov. 2001 in San Francisco.
So, if Pacquiao has a change of heart at the last minute, Arum and Top Rank will welcome him back.
Meanwhile, Arum said the Pacquiao and Bradley are headlining a press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles on Jan. 19.
Two days later on Jan. 21, the two fighters and Arum will do another presser at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The presser at the Garden is a breakthrough as Pacquiao has never fought in the Big Apple.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks