MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank Promotions president Todd DuBoef said a second bout between Filipino icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. later this year is unlikely.
This, despite the controversial result of the June 9 World Boxing Organization welterweight title clash.
“Right now, the rematch is not something that we’re proceeding with,” DuBoef said in HBO’s “The Fight Game with Jim Lampley.”
Pacquiao lost the bout via split decision, dropping the WBO belt in the process. But the result was widely criticized as the Filipino was seen by most of boxing media and fight fans as the clear winner in what was a mostly one-sided contest.
Because of the controversy, Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum has requested the Nevada State Attorney General to look into the circumstances surrounding the scoring of the bout.
The fight is also being investigated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and the WBO.
“What we’re trying to do is to bring back the public, to restore some confidence,” DuBoef said regarding the investigation. “The public needs to have restored confidence.”
Immediately following the bout, both Pacquiao and Bradley said they were willing to do a rematch, but Pacquiao has since said nothing has been finalized.
The rematch, if it pushes through, will be held on November 10.
Another potential bout for Pacquiao will be a fourth meeting with Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez, which will also be held on November 10.
“We’re gonna wait to hear from Manny,” DuBoef said. “He wants to fight November 10, and we’ll have conversations.”
But as of the moment, Top Rank’s focus will be on the investigations about the fight last June 9, which DuBoef has described as an “unfortunate situation.”
“You have a global hero who now is a victim,” he said. “And you have a guy who wins, who’s now getting ridiculed.”