By Keith Idec
Manny Pacquiao doesn’t have any unresolved issues with former promoter Bob Arum.
The Filipino superstar emphasized Wednesday that he appreciates all Arum and others that work for Arum’s promotional company, Top Rank Inc., did for him throughout his illustrious career. They don’t have any financial issues or other matters to settle, according to Pacquiao.
The 40-year-old legend was asked about his relationship with Arum during an interview session with various reporters Wednesday, when he promoted his upcoming fight against Adrien Broner at trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.
“We don’t have a problem with Bob Arum,” Pacquiao said. “I’m so thankful with him. Because of him, he helped me a lot with my career here in America. And I don’t have a problem with Bob Arum. I’m really thankful in my life that God used him to help me here in the United States. So, I’m thankful for him.”
Arum promoted Pacquiao for 13-plus years and helped Pacquiao earn hundreds of millions of dollars. Pacquiao decided after his controversial loss to Jeff Horn, however, to promote himself.
Pacquiao’s MP Promotions handled his last fight – a seventh-round stoppage of Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Top Rank handled the American television/streaming distribution of the Pacquiao-Matthysse match on ESPN+ in the United States through the company’s partnership with that cable giant.
Pacquiao publicly complained when he hadn’t received payment from Top Rank for that license fee within what Pacquiao considered a reasonable amount of time. That issue was quickly resolved, though, because Top Rank paid Pacquiao soon thereafter.
Pacquiao later decided to join one of Arum’s rivals, Al Haymon, by signing a contract to fight exclusively under the banner of Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions. Technically, Pacquiao still promotes himself.
Haymon has exclusive content deals with FOX and Showtime, though, and now is responsible for arranging Pacquiao’s fights. Haymon also works with welterweight champions Shawn Porter, Errol Spence Jr. and Keith Thurman, which will give Pacquiao plenty of profitable options if he defeats Broner on January 19 and Floyd Mayweather Jr. decides he doesn’t want to fight Pacquiao again later this year.
“I’m working with Al Haymon and consulting him for this big opportunity for me and my boxers that I have in the Philippines,” Pacquiao said. “You know, so it’s a big opportunity for them.
“I’m not thinking about myself alone, but I’m thinking about my fighters. I have a lot of fighters in the Philippines, at least 50 boxers, and I want them to have a chance here, in America, to fight.”
The 12-round, 147-pound title bout between Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) and Cincinnati’s Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC) will headline a four-fight Showtime Pay-Per-View telecast a week from Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao will make the first defense of the WBA world welterweight title he won from Matthysse when he boxes Broner. The often-injured Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC), of Clearwater, Florida, is the WBA’s true champion at 147 pounds.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.