Boxing Promoter Arum not too pleased with Pacquiao's delay
By Johnny Benz, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 15, 2012) Photo © German Villasenor, Doghouse
By Johnny Benz, Doghouse Boxing. Right about now in his career, Manny Pacquiao needs to stay focused
on Boxing. Especially with his upcoming battle against Juan Manuel
Marquez on Dec. 8. Pacquiao is a great fighter, one of the best for
sure, but he has looked anything but his amazing normal self in recent
fights. Many, including myself believe Pacquiao is spreading himself to
thin between Boxing and Politics. Recently reported on PhilBoxing.com,
Pacquiao delayed his arrival to Los Angeles to start his training with
Freddie Roach. Honestly, I think that is a terrible idea on behalf of
Pacquiao. This is after all his 4th time trying to make a charm of a
win on Marquez and after some tough and lacklustre performances... and
not to sound like some cheesey Gonzo style Poet, but now is the time for Pacquiao to
pull up his socks and work on his knocks.
Apparently I am not the only one unhappy with Pacquiao's decision to delay training. His promoter, Bob Arum is also not pleased.
Arum recently told Ronnie Nathanielsz (of PhilBoxing.com) that: "Manny has to decide whether he is a boxer or he's a politician."
Who can't agree with Arum's logic there? Pacquiao has a contract with Top Rank that runs until the end of 2014.
went on to add: "I would like for the next two months for him to be a
boxer and then the politics will take care of itself when he finishes
the fight with Marquez. But that's up to him."
Although it is up to Pacquiao (as Arum states), I would hope he does the right thing and hit training camp as soon as possible.
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