Some concerning news for those hoping for a Manny Pacquiao vs Lucas Matthysse fight next month has emerged next as promoter of Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum, is not 100% convinced if the bout will take place.
The fight for the WBA welterweight world title is scheduled to take place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 15th.
We are exactly one month away from the bout now and up until now it was thought that everything was okay with the promotion thus far.
Not the case however.
Bob Arum told Michael Woods on the TalkBox Boxing Podcast that those staging the fight in Malaysia have not yet put up the funds:
“Well it’s hard to tell. I don’t want to be judgemental because the fight is in a place where they are not used to doing big fights or any kind of fights really, Malaysia. A lot of funds have to be put up between now and the time the fight happens for the fight happens. Hopefully for Manny’s sake those funds will be put up. I really don’t know these people and am not saying it will be the case (that the fight doesn’t happen). Again I’m not saying it won’t happen but I don’t know for sure if it will happen.”
As of this time the bout is still sanctioned by the WBA and due to go ahead but we will keep you updated on any developments.