If it were up to promoter Bob Arum, 40-year-old Manny Pacquiao should be outside the ring by now.
The Top Rank boss, for a long time the promoter of Pacquiao’s fights, said he isn’t too ecstatic over the eight-division champion’s welterweight match against undefeated American Keith Thurman, who is only 30.
“Look I love Manny Pacquiao.” said Arum in a nowboxing.com report. “I have a whole history with Manny Pacquiao, so when you ask me a question like that I’m really rooting for Manny Pacquiao. You gotta realize he’s 41 years of age and when a fighter who has been around so long, is past his late 30s and goes into his 40s he is not gonna be as good as he once was in his prime.”
Arum was in Las Vegas to promote the Tyson Fury-Tom Schwarz heavyweight fight slated this Saturday on ESPN+.
Arum hopes Pacquiao will win on July 20 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas but is also worried his ward could get seriously hurt.
“I wish him the best and hope he wins the fight, but I am concerned as I would for any fighter that when they get to a certain age they probably shouldn’t be fighting anymore. The doctors will tell you that the cranium as you get older thins out, so a guy who is younger gets hit the cranium absorbs the blows so it doesn’t affect the brain matter. When they get older the cranium is thinner and when they get hit it affects the brain. That would be the worst thing in the world if Manny Pacquiao suffered brain damage at this point.”