Bob Arum will focus on promoting other fighters while Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is recuperating from his shoulder injury, the Top Rank Promotion chief said on Tuesday.
Arum was referring to World Boxing Organization light welterweight champion Terrence Crawford and former world champion Nonito Donaire Jr., who is known as the “Filipino Flash.”
“There’ll be no boxing activity for Manny until next year’s spring. No plans yet on Manny’s future,” Arum told The Manila Times.
He remains optimistic that Pacquiao (57-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) will regain his old deadly form and become a world champion again.
Pacquiao had a successful right rotator cuff operation on Wednesday.
“I believe he can be a world champion again. Let’s wait for the recovery of his shoulder first,” said Arum, who did not comment on whether Pacquiao would have a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0 record with 26 knockouts) in 2016.
“I’m also focusing on our other boxers. Nonito [Donaire] has a scheduled fight in Macau on July 18 this year but we’re still negotiating with his opponent. Some of our boxers will also fight in Dubai this year, but no fight for Manny [Pacquiao] there so far.”
When asked if there’s a chance for Pacquiao to fight Crawford (26-0 record with 18 knockouts) once he recovers, Arum answered: “Maybe yes, maybe not.”
Pacquiao is scheduled to arrive at 4 a.m. Wednesday via a Philippine Airlines flight at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City (Metro Manila).
His motorcade will start on Pasay Road then proceed to Makati Avenue, Ayala Avenue, Gil Puyat Avenue, Taft Avenue, Quirino Avenue and Roxas Boulevard up to Rajah Sulayman Park, according to Solar Sports.
Pacquiao is also expected to call on President Benigno Aquino 3rd in Malacañang before flying to his hometown in Sarangani on Thursday.