Some things are not easy to let go as Top Rank Promoter, Bob Arum refused to promote Manny Pacquiao’s retirement fight on April 9 as his last.
“We won’t sell it as Manny’s final fight,” said Arum as reported by BoxingScene.com.
Even if Manny Pacquiao said that he will be diverting his focus on running as a Senator in the Philippines, Arum claims that he feels that this won’t be Pacquiao’s last boxing match.
“We won’t do that for the simple fact that – anything could happen. Sure, it could very well be his last ever fight. But should he turn around one day and say he wants to fight again, we will look like a bunch of hucksters in selling the fight that way.”
Arum insists that if the situation is right, Pacquiao can come out from retirement and fight again. That may include a potential rematch with Mayweather.
“I don’t want anyone accusing us of trying to tug at the heartstrings and claim this is it for Manny. Say for example, if Floyd Mayweather decides he wants to have one more fight, he’ll have to explain why he’s coming back after claiming he was done after the (Andre) Berto fight. We’re not going to put Manny in that position.”
Instead, Arum wants to promote Pacquiao’s match in April 9 as just one of his ordinary fights and just hype it up just like what Top Rank does for him.
“Whether it’s the final fight, or “just” his next fight, we are going to pull out all of the stops and treat it like a big event,” insists Arum, who by that point will have celebrated his 50th year as a boxing promoter. “We’re going to dress it up with all of the bells and whistles, put on a strong undercard and present it as the first truly big PPV event of 2016. “If it’s his last fight, then Manny can then announce his retirement afterward. We’re not going to make that the focal point of the promotion, though.”