BRISBANE, Australia - Bob Arum is putting off any immediate plans for Manny Pacquiao. Not until he sees how the champion fares against Jeff Horn in their welterweight title fight this Sunday.
Arum admitted Monday being clueless on the physical conditioning of the 38-year-old Pacquiao for his showdown against Horn and therefore isn't sure what the future holds for the fighting senator.
"I got to really see what he has left," said the Top Rank promoter, who arrived here on Monday night from Los Angeles.
Arum had a meeting with trainer Freddie Roach over breakfast to get a lowdown on Pacquiao's two-month training camp held in Manila and General Santos City.
The 85-year-old promoter got the assurance from Roach that Pacquiao is in the best shape he's seen in over a year, although Arum is not about to take the trainer's word as gospel truth.
"A lot of times, Freddie says things like that are necessarily objective," he said. "But he sees things subjectively."
While Pacquiao, an eight-time world division champion with a record of 59-6-3 and 38 KOs, is a 4-1 favorite to retain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown against Horn at the Suncorp Stadium, Arum is not discounting a probable upset by the challenger.
Most especially if Pacquiao is not really in top shape for the fight.
Arum was at the Stretton Boxing Club on Monday and saw Horn do an open workout for the media.
"This kid shouldn't be in the same place as Manny. He doesn't have the experience. He's a big strong kid that's very well trained. But again, he doesn't have the experience of a Pacquiao," said Arum, who has been the Filipino's promoter for over a decade now.
"But it's gotta be a Pacquiao who is as fast and as powerful as we want him to be," he added. "If he isn't, this kis could beat him. We have to see."