Bob Arum is not completely giving up hope in a Manny Pacquiao comeback to the boxing ring but the long-time promoter said that only Floyd Mayweather, and his decision to return to the sport, will convince the Filipino to change the plans in his career.
“Mayweather has made no effort to solidify that fight,”. “It doesn’t make any sense for Manny to fight someone else,” Arum, who is the president of Top Rank Promotions, which has handled Pacquiao’s boxing career for the most part, said via reviewjournal.com.
While Pacquiao remains retired and insistent that he will never return to boxing, Arum said he was glad with the Filipino’s win in the Philippine Elections as a senator. Pacquiao is not officially proclaimed but early count from the elections shows that the boxer turned politician will be getting the senate seat.
“It is his biggest win. It’s one thing to run for a seat in Congress where you just have to win your district. It’s another thing to win a national election,” Arum added.
Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s long-time trainer and friend also believes that the Filipino will do his job as a senator.
“I think he’s going to take his job as senator very seriously, and he should. But I also think there’s part of Manny that still thinks he should keep fighting. If he can fight and wants to fight, I’m ready to help him. But Senator Pacquiao has a nice ring to it,” Roach stated in the same article.
Meanwhile, there are rumors that Floyd Mayweather is considering a return to the ring and linked to a fight with mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor. Although most boxing experts don’t see the fight between the two happening, it has taken the fight headlines by storm in the past days.
Arum’s point of Pacquiao returning only against Mayweather roots from the fact that the “Fight of the Century” Mayweather vs. Pacquiao match-up last year drew record pay-per-view numbers and became the biggest fight in boxing financially. If the pair agrees to return and unretired and have a rematch, it’s possible that both earn lucrative earnings once again like the first fight.
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