VETERAN promoter Bob Arum believes that the last two years of World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in professional boxing would be rosy given the Filipino ring icon’s competitive nature.
The Top Rank chief arrived in General Santos on Wednesday to check on the preparation of Pacquiao (56-5-2 win-loss-draw log with 38 knockouts) against his upcoming fight against unbeaten American Chris Algieri on November 23 in Macau.
“You know Manny he is a smart guy and I believe there is a lot left in him,” Arum told The Manila Times on Wednesday in a phone interview. “There are many fighters in the welterweight and junior welterweight that could become a good match for Pacquiao next year.”
When asked to comment on Pacquiao’s latest endeavor as a playing coach for KIA in the Philippine Basketball Association, Arum said:
“Manny just needs to do his homework, be in great shape and train hard, which I believe he’ll do despite his hectic schedule. Boxing is a priority for him.”
“We’re all doing what’s best in his career right now. As far as I’ve heard from Freddie [Roach], he’s in good shape and condition, but I have to see him during actual sparring later.”
Arum also said that a possible fight between World Boxing Council junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia (29-0 win-loss card with 17 knockouts) and Pacquiao could happen next year since the animosity between Top Rank Promotion and Oscar Dela Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotion no longer exist.
“There are many fighters available out there and the lights remain clear for him in the next two years if he’s going to keep his form. I believe Pacquiao is faster, deadlier and stronger than any boxers now.”
Arum, 82, also said that unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. has the final say if he’s going to fight Pacquiao next year since that is the only thing missing to arrange the super mega bout.
“Everybody wanted it [Pacquiao-Mayweather fight] to happen, you, HBO, Showtime, Top Rank, Golden Boy and all the boxing fans around the world,” said Arum. “But it is really up to Floyd, you know.
If he doesn’t like to fight, there’s nothing we can do.”
“If he claims that he can beat Manny, why not fight him? If that fight happens, he’s going to earn million dollars.”
Arum also commented on Pacquiao’s contract to teach in a boxing academy in China.
“It only shows that Pacquiao is Asia’s finest when it comes to boxing.
It’s good for your country too. China is looking forward to strengthen professional boxing and they got the right guy. They really wanted to produce future world champions,” Arum said.