Bob Arum, founder and CEO of Top Rank, Inc. expressed his discontentment over Filipino world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao’s act of missing a planned rehab visit with his doctor to speed up his recovery from his shoulder operation.
According to Boxing Scene, after watching Argentina’s Cesar Cuenca beat China’s ‘IK’ Yang in Macau’s Cotai Arena on Saturday night, July 18, the 83-year-old boxing promoter responded angrily when asked when the “Pambansang Kamao” will return inside the boxing ring for a new fight.
He revealed Pacquiao cancelled an appointment with his doctor. The Filipno boxer was supposed to go to a planned check-up with his surgeon, Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles on July 4.
Arum said: “Pacquiao was supposed to come over to see the doctor and for some reason he decided to cancel it.”
“So he’s not acting very professionally.”
He added that as far as he’s concerned, Pacquiao is no longer an active fighter.
Arum believes Pacquiao should give more importance to his recovery since he had surgery on May 7 to repair a torn right shoulder rotator cuff.
“When you have an operation like that you’ve got to get into rehab. You’ve got to get the doctor to look at it and to guide you as to the kind of rehab that you’ve got to do,” he said.
Arum is also not sure when will Pacquiao fight again.
On the other hand, Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach is confident that his ward of 15 years still has a couple of fights left in him and will surely return to the boxing scene.
Once fully recovered, he said Pacquiao is likely to return in March, April or May next year.
Roach said: “He’s still having a lot of fun with it, he loves the sport. I think he’s gotta couple of fights left in him.”