Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum believes Manny Pacquiao will never fight again after the Filipino eight-division champion won a seat in the Senate.
“My feeling is that he’s been elected to a very, very important position in the Filipino government,” Arum told ESPN.com. “So he owes an obligation to the people to work on his government responsibilities, and that doesn’t give him time to screw around and train for a fight the way he has to. You can’t do that.”
Citing the huge difference between a congressman and a senator, Arum feels Pacquiao is answerable to the entire Filipino nation and not even a mouth-watering rematch with Floyd Mayweather could force the 37-year-old Sarangani representative to take a breather from his Senate stint.
“My mindset is that it’s over,” said the 84-year-old Arum, dismissing the similarity between old fighters who returned and Pacquiao.
“If a guy like Sugar Ray Leonard retires and two months later decides to come back because he’s bored, he can do that. Manny can’t do that because he has plenty to do and an important job,” Arum stressed.
Pacquiao easily beat old rival Tim Bradley in what he labeled as his farewell fight last month in Las Vegas.
While Pacquiao made it clear that he is now officially retired, he hinted of a possible comeback.
But Arum thinks it is likely that Pacquiao will stay that way.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks