'The fight is on' - MP Promotions assures fans Pacquiao-Matthysse bout will push through
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 21, 2018 11:39 PM
"The fight is on"
"The fight is on."
MP Promotions Business Head Arnold Vegafria assured fans that the highly-anticipated WBO Welterweight World Championship bout between eight division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao and reigning titleholder Lucas Matthysse is on right on schedule.
The Pacquiao-Matthysse bout which will headline the Fight of Champions card is set for July 15th, less than a month away, at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
"Everything is being arranged and on schedule for the July 15 Fight of Champions between Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia." Vegafria added.
The statement comes off the heels of news surfacing that the bout is in danger of not taking place at all.
In an article on ESPN, Senior Boxing Writer Dan Rafael wrote about MP Promotions - Pacquiao's promotional outfit - having missed a number of financial deadlines, putting the title bout at risk.
The article also mentioned Bob Arum, chairman of Top Rank Promotions - who was Pacquiao's longtime promoter - already looking at a potential matchup between Matthysse and newly-crowned WBC Welterweight king Terence Crawford.
"I don't know what's going to happen with the fight, but if it doesn't happen, I would hope to talk to Golden Boy about having Matthysse fight Crawford," Arum stated.
Vegafria maintains however, that both Pacquiao and Matthysse are training hard for the contest.
"Both Pacquiao and Matthysse are training hard in their respective camps to give the fans that will be viewing the fight all over the world an action-packed, competitive battle."
With roughly three weeks left before fight night, it'll be interesting to see how things play out.
Last month, MP Promotions announced that they have teamed with four of the biggest channels in the Philippines, including ABS-CBN and Sky Cable, to bring the Pacquiao-Matthysse bout to the Filipino boxing fan.
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