Famed boxing impresario Bob Arum, 88, has reportedly apologized to his former ward, Filipino boxing champion Manny Paquiao, for inadvertently spilling the beans on the latter’s alleged presidential run in 2022, when President Duterte’s constitutionally-guaranteed six-year term ends.
“I shouldn’t have said anything and I apologized (to Pacquiao) for that,” Arum told The Manila Times in an overseas call recently.
In an earlier magazine interview, the Top Rank promotions boss had revealed Pacquiao’s alleged political plans in a streamed conversation with World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman.
Arum claimed he had a Zoom teleconference call with Pacquiao (now a Philippine senator) wherein the boxing icon allegedly invited him to the swearing-in ceremony if he wins.
“Bob, I’m gonna run in 2022 and when I win, I want you there at my inauguration’,” Arum quoted Pacquiao as saying.
“When he (Pacquiao) decides to run, he will make an announcement. It shouldn’t be me,” he said as an afterthought.
Arum described Pacquiao as a “terrific person” and had the makings of a great leader for the Philippines.
Pacquiao, however, denied that he had a Zoom call with Arum which delved into politics. He said that this wasn’t the time to talk about politics inasmuch as the nation needed unity and cooperation during this health crisis.