Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum refused to answer when asked to pick between Filipino boxing superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and unbeaten American champion Timothy Bradley Jr. during their upcoming rematch.
Bradley is the defending WBO welterweight champion, although Pacquiao opened as the slight favorite.
“It’s a very competitive fight,” Arum told Boxing Scene. “It’s what fights should be. Who knows who’s gonna win the fight?”
Bradley claimed a highly controversial victory over Pacquiao when they first fought in June 2012, even though most ringside observers scored the match in favor of the Filipino.
The American boxer has insisted that the pressure is on Pacquiao for the rematch, and believes that another loss will be a huge blow to the career of the “Pacman.”
“I think he’s at a point now in his career where it’s do or die for him,” said Bradley in a separate Boxing Scene interview. “A loss for Manny right now would... I don’t know if it will end his career, because people love him.”
“But it would be bad. It won’t be good for him,” he added.
Arum disagrees, however, saying that a loss for either Pacquiao or Bradley would be far from a death sentence.
“Who has more to lose is not a logical question. A loss is bad for either of them. Is it a death sentence for either of them? No,” Arum said firmly.
“These guys are fighting at the highest level, so they’re fighting competitive fights, and sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,” he added. “Look at the history of boxing, all of the great fighters. Most of the time, they won, but sometimes, they lost.”