Financial concerns said to be at the front of the issues
According to multiple reports from Argentina, the July 14th bout between Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao and WBA “regular” welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse is currently in doubt. The issues – first reported by tycsports.com – is said to be related to the financial aspects of the event.
The bout is officially set to take place on July 15th (July 14th America) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pacquiao’s company, MP Promotions, is the lead promoter for the event with Matthysse promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, the secondary promoter.
Multiple sources have told 3KingsBoxing.com that there is some disagreements between the involved promoters and the event organizers in Kuala Lumpur. While the problems are still unclear, they are rumored to be in connection to the financial aspects of the deal.
Longtime Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum, who’s in charge of American broadcasting of the fight, along with others have expressed doubts from the beginning that the organizers in Malaysia were able to actually cover the cost of an event this size. It has already been “pushed back” a couple of times already after initially being targeted for June.
Pacquiao hasn’t been in the ring since last year when he lost his WBO welterweight title to Jeff Horn in an upset. He is on record saying how he performs against Matthysse will be a key point in determining how much longer the 39-year-old will continue to fight.
Matthysse’s co-promoter, Arano Box out of Argentina, has disputed the claims via social media but both MP Promotions and Golden Boy hadn’t replied to our inquiries at time of publishing. As news becomes available 3KingsBoxing.com will keep you updated.
By: Chris Henderson