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Arum: I Haven't Seen Pacquiao in Long Time, I Want To Say Hello

As BoxingScene.com previously reported, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum is planning to travel to the Philippines in August to have a meeting with eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao.

Arum has promoted Pacquiao for over a decade, but the Filipino superstar has openly claimed to be a promotional free agent.

“I just want to say hello to him again, I haven’t seen him for a long time. We are going to finalize that [trip] at the end of the week,” Arum told The Manila Times.

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Pacquiao self-promoted his own comeback two weeks ago in Malaysia.

In his first bout in a year, he picked up a seventh round knockout of Lucas Matthysse. It was the first knockout victory for Pacquiao since November 2009.

Arum was absent from ringside, but the 86-year-old promoter explained that he can't be everywhere at once.

“I have nothing to say about it but he looked very good in the fight. Period," Arum said. “Do you understand I’m in a business, where I’m holding 30 events this year?. It’s many, many fighters from all over the world and I don’t concentrate all my efforts on Manny Pacquiao.”

There have been reports that Pacquiao may potentially have congenital heart disease. The veteran promoter is not worried just yet - until he gets all the facts.

“I really don’t know the facts about it. I just know that many years ago when I was doing a fight between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran, the doctor in Montreal, where the fight was held, detected an abnormality in Duran’s heart which proved to be something genetic,” Arum added.

“And therefore it is something he was born with and not something that poses any danger. Maybe that is the situation of Manny, I just don’t know.”

Arum would like to match Pacquiao against two Top Rank fighters - WBA lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko and WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by King Arthur on 07-26-2018

[QUOTE=WesternChamp;18965752]arum: hello... it's me, i was wondering if after all these years, you'd like to meet.. to go over everything.. they say that time's suppose to heal ya but i aint done much healing.... hello.. can you hear me? im…

Comment by Jedi Vader on 07-26-2018

[QUOTE=edgarg;18966706]You are just a filthy minded Anti-Semitic, Jew Hater who hides behind a keyboard in a basement somewhere and deliberately libels those far better than your shameful self. Don't use any of those items, including your computer, because most of…

Comment by The plunger man on 07-26-2018

[QUOTE=edgarg;18966706]You are just a filthy minded Anti-Semitic, Jew Hater who hides behind a keyboard in a basement somewhere and deliberately libels those far better than your shameful self. Don't use any of those items, including your computer, because most of…

Comment by WesternChamp on 07-25-2018

bob is gonna offer pac like a 3 fight deal or something and then promise manny huge purses for those fights. pac's a sucker and will fall for this but after manny loses in the first fight, arum will force…

Comment by edgarg on 07-25-2018

[QUOTE=The plunger man;18966662]Looks like arum the filthy shylock wants to get his jew claw into manny's pockets again. Bloodsucking leech[/QUOTE] You are just a filthy minded Anti-Semitic, Jew Hater who hides behind a keyboard in a basement somewhere and deliberately…

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