TOP Rank promoter Bob Arum is obviously not satisfied with the way Manny Pacquiao has been treating his rehabilitation for his recently-operated injured right shoulder.
The veteran boxing official blasted the Filipino boxing icon after he was remiss in his supposed check-up in Los Angeles early this month after undergoing surgery last May to repair a torn rotator cuff on the injured shoulder.
Pacquiao aggravated the injury during his May 2 super-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. which he lost by unanimous decision.
“Well, Pacquiao was supposed to come in to see the doctor, and for some reason, he decided to cancel it and come later,” said the 83-year-old Arum in an interview by ABS-CBN sports reporter Dyan Castillejo in Macao where Top Rank promoted a special boxing card Saturday night that features Filipino Nonito Donaire Jr.
“You know, he’s not acting very professionally, in my opinion,” Arum added.
The 36-year-old Pacquiao is currently in General Santos with his entire family. He appeared not yet informed about Arum’s outburst, but a member of the boxing icon’s inner circle said the Top Rank official could have just talked to him in private.
“He can say it personally. Why say it through media interview?” said the Team Pacquiao member, who spoke on condition of anonymity pending an official statement from the boxing champion.
According to Arum, Pacquiao was scheduled to depart for the US early this month to undergo rehabilitation program with famed Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed surgery on the eight-time world division champion last May 6.
Instead, Pacquiao moved his US trip to a later date.
“You got an operation like that, you got to do rehab, you got to get the doctor to look at it and guide you on the kind of rehab that you can do," stressed Arum.