MANILA – Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum supports the challenge issued by Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao to American rival Floyd Mayweather – a fight for charity between two high-profile fighters in the world.
Earlier this week, Pacquiao dared Mayweather to face him in a bout wherein all proceeds will go to various foundations all over the world, apparently in retaliation to the American’s claims that the “Pacman” only wanted to fight in order to solve tax issues in the Philippines and in the United States.
Speaking to Ronnie Nathanielsz of Boxing Scene, Arum expressed his admiration for Pacquiao’s challenge.
“(It is) an incredible statement for the sport of boxing,” Arum said, even as he acknowledged that money remains an important factor.
Arum is seen as one of the major issues blocking the potential Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight, as the unbeaten American has repeatedly said that he will not fight the “Pacman” for as long as he fights under the banner of Arum’s Top Rank Promotions.
When he issued his challenge to Mayweather, Pacquiao also expressed confidence that their promoters will not be an issue.
“Walang problema sa mga promoter kasi… iba na ‘yun eh, wala ng jurisdiction ang promoter doon,” Pacquiao said.
Mayweather promotes his own fights with help from Golden Boy Promotions, the chief rival of Top Rank.