Top Rank Promotion head Bob Arum said on Thurs-day that his relationship with former World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and his family remains solid and denied reports it is going south.
Arum denied the “cold treatment” issue raised by Pacquiao’s media relation head Aquiles Zonio during the eight-division world champion’s title fight against Australian Jeff Horn.
“You know these people can be very vicious. I mean, I am as warm as close with Manny (Pacquiao) and to his wife Jinkee as ever been and we even had a lot of talks,” Arum told The Manila Times via overseas call.
“Who is this guy (Zonio)? I don’t know him and I don’t see him, I don’t know who he is? Of course, it’s not true,” added Arum, who advised the 38-year-old Pacquiao (59-7-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) and the people around him to take a break as a week has already passed since the “Battle of Brisbane.”
“Everybody should relax and take it easy like what I told Manny and Jinkee. Think about what he wants to do. If he wants to retire, that’s fine. We will arrange a celebration and if he wants to do a rematch, that’s fine. We will arrange his rematch,” Arum said
“Nobody should pressure him and there’s no need to rush,” he added.
Many boxing experts in the United States believed that Pacquiao should have won the fight over the 29-year-old Horn (17-0-1 record with 11 knockouts).
Now, a rematch is being floated but Arum said if it happens, he hopes the Filipino ring icon will give more time to training.
“If he is going to fight this guy again, he should train seriously hard and figure out what went wrong in the first fight,” Arum said. “But if his senate duties will affect his training, then he should retire.”
Arum also plans to fly to Manila or in General Santos to talk with Pacquiao and discuss his next move.
“I will probably talk to Manny a week or two weeks from now. I will wait for his body to heal. Maybe I will go there in Manila and General Santos and talk face to face with him,” he said.
“So I will know whatever decision he’s going to make. (I hope) it is an intelligent decision.”