MANILA, Philippines – American boxer Roy Jones Jr. believes that Manny Pacquiao should have pursued promotional free agency by allowing his contract with Top Rank Inc. to expire.
That way, said Jones, Pacquiao can go after the fights that he really wants.
“I thought he should have done that the last time his contact came up but he didn’t,” Jones, the former pound-for-pound king, said in an interview with "On The Ropes Boxing Radio."
“Me, myself, I thought he should have done that last time his contract came up,” he said.
Jones said as long as the Filipino boxer is tied up with another promoter or sports network, he wouldn't get the bout that he feels he deserve.
Pacquiao’s contract with Bob Arum’s Top Rank is due to expire by the end of 2014. But this early, the promotion has already been holding talks with the fighting congressman to keep him boxing within Top Rank.
Arum said they have already proposed a 5-fight contract extension for Pacquiao.
This, however, lessens the chances of having a mega-bout between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., who refused to work with Arum’s outfit.
“When I was active, I didn’t really have a true promoter, I was promoting myself because I didn’t want nobody to tell me I could or couldn’t fight the best person in my weight division or the next closest person to me on the weight division above me or two weight divisions above me or two weight divisions below me. If they say my name, we’re gonna fight. That’s why I stood on my own, God was my promoter, whatever God allowed me to do, I did,” said Jones.
But Jones admitted that Pacquiao knows what’s best for him.
“He loves what Bob Arum is doing for him and I guess if he loves it that much, that’s what he should do,” he said.