Top Rank President Bob Arum is not pleased with Manny Pacquiao after the Filipino boxer reportedly failed to travel to the United States where he was scheduled to have a checkup on his recent shoulder surgery.
Arum went so far as to call his ward “totally irresponsible,” according to philboxing.com.
"[Manny Pacquiao] promised me he was leaving for the U.S. this weekend [July 18] which he’s not,” Arum said in the article referring to the Filipino. “[He went through] a serious operation. He’s a professional athlete. It don’t know what to say. To me it's totally irresponsible.”
Arum added that he was told by Pacquiao’s business manager, Michael Koncz, that Pacquiao was going to the United States at the end of the month to have his shoulder checked.
The long-time boxing promoter, who has handled Pacquiao fights over the past decade, also stated that he won’t negotiate a Pacquiao fight unless the doctors medically clear the Filipino specifically from the right shoulder injury, which reportedly got aggravated in the fourth round of the recent loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2, 2015.
At the time of the shoulder injury, doctors estimated a time of recovery of six months to nine months before Pacquiao could resume his training. The Filipino has yet to announce when he is fighting next, but it appears he’ll rest and recuperate from the shoulder injury for the rest of 2015 and return to the ring in 2016.