MANILA, Philippines – Following Manny Pacquiao’s victory over the heftier Antonio Margarito, boxing promoter Bob Arum said he no longer plans to pit the Filipino superstar against a bigger guy.
Arum, Top Rank Boxing chief, said Pacquiao got hurt in the Margarito fight despite walking away with his 8th world title, the World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight title.
“At this point, I don’t want to put Manny in with another big guy, a guy even bigger than Margarito,” he said in a report by Boxing Futures.com.
Arum said another David versus Goliath match could put Pacquiao’s health to risk.
“It’s not that he couldn’t beat them or that he couldn’t handle them, but it’s like a great race horse. I can’t keep putting him in with bigger, stronger guys without wearing him out,” he said.
On fight night at the Cowboys Stadium, the 148-pound Pacquiao gave away a 17-lb. advantage to the 165-lb. Margarito.
Aside from the disparity in weight, the 5’11” Tijuana tornado also enjoyed a 5-inch height advantage over the 5’6” Filipino champion.
“That fight really affected him physically. He took a lot more beating in that fight than he did in his others. He got hurt. He’s banged up a little bit. It’s tough giving away that kind of weight and size,” said Arum.
Mosley seeks fight vs Pacman
Meanwhile, Shane Mosley is again seeking an opportunity to fight the 8-division champ Pacquiao.
A report by LA Times.com said Mosley has already reached out to Arum to negotiate the fight, even if he is a shareholder of Golden Boy Promotions, the business rival of Arum’s Top Rank.
Mosley wants to take advantage of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s unwillingness to face the Pacman.
"I'm conducting business myself," he said. "If I have to wait for these others, I'm not going to get the fight I want."
The former World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion said he received assurances from Arum that he'll be considered for either a Pacquiao fight or a rematch against Miguel Cotto.