Arum: Pacquiao says there was no way he was going to leave me until his career was over
By Chris Williams: If you were wondering if Manny Pacquiao would ever leave Bob Arum and Top Rank to go out on his own to promote his own fights or working with another promotional company like Golden Boy, you can pretty much forget about that after hearing the news that Pacquiao had extended his contract with Arum until December 31st of 2014. Pacquiao’s contract was supposed to be ending at the end of 2013 on December 13th, but Pacquiao, for some reason, decided to extend it for another year.
With the extension Pacquiao got a bonus of $1 million plus a possibility of getting another $1 million bonus if Pacquiao fights twice in 2014, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. That may sound like Pacquiao’s getting a great deal having that kind of money given to him, but when you factor in the huge amounts of cash that he’s bringing just by fighting for Top Rank, him getting a million is like next to nothing because the money will come from all the cash that he brings in with his fights.
Arum said this to ESPN “He [Pacquiao] said he’s happy for the deal and happy for the bonus, but there was no way he was going to leave me until his career was over.”
If Pacquiao is still around to finish out his contract with Top Rank at the end of 2014, I don’t see him fighting on a high enough level still after that for him to be relevant in the game. To be sure, Pacquiao will probably still be a popular fighter and will likely bring in tons of fans still because of his name, but I think Arum is going to have to put him on soft opponents at that point if he wants to keep Pacquiao winning and bringing in good cash. If Pacquiao can’t even beat Tim Bradley, then he’s going to be in terrible shape two long years from now.
Can you imagine the aging that will go on during that time for Pacquiao? His game has really deteriorated since his win over Miguel Cotto just three years ago in 2009. Just picture how much more worn down Pacquiao will be in two years, and it’s not pretty picture. If he’s still fighting in 2015, Arum may have to put him in with some of the lesser Top Rank stable fighters that aren’t really going anywhere if Arum wants to keep Pacquiao from ending up like most older fighters, taking loss after loss. It always starts with the close and controversial decisions and then gets worse with each fight as the aging continues it’s course.