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All’s well with Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao




MANNY Paccquiao and Bob Arum (Getty)

MANNY Paccquiao and Bob Arum (Getty)

ALL’S well that ends well.

Manny Pacquiao yesterday ex­pressed his heartfelt thanks to Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s contribution to his illustrious career after the two came to an agree­ment over the non-payment of the Filipino star’s share from the broadcast rights of his July 15 fight in Malaysia.

Last Monday, Pacquiao came out on social media and via a press re­lease that was quickly consumed by the Philippine media, threaten­ing Arum’s Top Rank if a lawsuit for the alleged refusal to pay Pacqui­ao’s $1.7-million cut.

Arum, 86, immediately reached out to settle the issue and within hours, the two parties had found a solution.

“Everything has been clarified,” Pacquiao said in his Instagram account, pointing to the issue as a simple case of “miscommunica­tion” on the part of Arum and Pac­quiao’s team.

The post by Pacquiao, though, sounded like a farewell statement as far as his relationship with Arum is concerned.

“I would like to thank Bob and Top Rank for helping guide my career and for the many great years of working together,” said Pacquiao, who plans to fight on Dec. 1 possibly against Amir Khan of England.

“We have accomplished so many great things together,” added Pac­quiao, whose victories over Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Erik Morales have become a part of boxing’s landmark events.

Pacquiao stopped Argentine slugger Lucas Matthysse in his last outing in Kuala Lumpur, a win that set him up for a fight before the end of the year.