Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has blasted the ace Filipino pugilist for being unprofessional after missing a doctor’s appointment.
Pacquiao underwent a shoulder surgery on May 7 to repair a torn rotator cuff suffered during his loss to Floyd Mayweather in the superfight.
While asked about Pacquiao’s return in the boxing rings, the veteran Top Rank promoter reacted with harsh words aimed at the superstar boxer.
“Well, Pacquiao was supposed to come in to see the doctor, and for some reason, he decided to cancel it and come later,” Top Rank chief Arum said. This was after Argentina’s Cesar Cuenca beat China’s ‘IK’ Yang for the IBF junior welterweight title held in Macau’s Cotai Arena on Saturday night.
“You know, he’s not acting very professionally, in my opinion.”
To follow-up his shoulder rehabilitation Pacquiao was scheduled to meet a doctor for checkup on July 4 in Los Angeles, but he evaded it. The 36-year-old boxer rather chose to fly to Indonesia visit Filipino death row drug smuggler Mary Jane Veloso.
“You got an operation like that, you got to do rehab, you got to get the doctor to look at it and guide you on the kind of rehab that you can do,” revealed Arum to reporters.
“He’s a grown man and he makes his own decisions but as far as I’m concerned he’s not an active fighter.”
The 83-year-old promoter confirmed he is not planning to stage bouts of Pacquiao in the near future.
During his Indonesia tour, Pacquiao was seen filming a television advertisement on the way to his visit to Veloso at Wirogunan prison in Java.
“We’re hoping to help save Mary Jane’s life, I think Mary Jane is a victim of human-trafficking,” Pacquiao said after his visit on July 10.
The trip was followed by the sparing of Veloso from death by firing squad on April 29.