Arum confirms Pacquiao contract status, reacts to Mayweather rematch
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has revealed he won’t be getting involved in a forthcoming rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Former fighter Pacquiao is set to face Mayweather again three years after their first meeting. Arum is no longer contracted to work with Pacquiao, as the veteran confirmed.
“I’m a friend of Manny Pacquiao. But no, we have no contractual deal with him,” stated Arum to Sirius XM Boxing Radio.
“I like Manny. And if there’s an opportunity here for Manny to pick up some money, fine. But I’m not thrilled with two old guys getting in the ring and fighting way after their sell date.
“But if people want to pay for it and watch it, why not. I don’t think necessarily it hurts the rest of boxing. We have plenty of dates for young fighters like Terence Crawford and Lomachenko.
“So if Mayweather and Pacquiao want to do it again. And want to do it every year for the rest of their lives, and because they can make money doing it, who am I to say no? I’m not gonna take part in it,” he added.
‘MayPac 2’ is likely to go down in December, adding to an already congested Pay-Per-View market.
On the back of HBO broadcasting Canelo v GGG 2, Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury is heading to rivals Showtime PPV.
Also, Mayweather v Pacquiao 2 may not be as lucrative as it once was but is still set to retail at least $69.95.
The last fight was sold at $89.95 for SD and $99.95 for HD and saw Mayweather win a one-sided contest.
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