Pacquiao-Top Rank row may be settled amicably

Manny Pacquiao’s camp remains in the dark over American promoter Top Rank Inc.’s alleged failure to remit the payment for the US broadcast of Pacquiao’s July 15 fight with Lucas Matthysse.

Arnold Vegafria, head of sales and marketing of Pacquiao’s MP Promotions, said he’s sure the payment was already discussed when Pacquiao had a closed-door meeting with Top Rank boss Bob Arum in General Santos City last month.

“Weeks after the fight, I think nag-meeting sila. I think na-tackle ‘yung issue regarding the broadcast,” he said in an interview on ESPN 5 Tuesday night.

“So I have no idea for now what would be the reason why kung bakit hindi pa nakakapag-remit or in-acknowledge ng Top Rank ‘yung payment ng broadcast.”

In an Instagram post, Pacquiao has threatened to take legal action on Arum’s reported failure to settle his financial obligations related to the Matthysse bout.

But Vegafracia is confident the issue can be settled amicably given the history between the two.

Arum’s Top Rank has promoted Pacquiao for more than a decade and was instrumental in the boxer’s global stardom.

“Pag-usapan lang ‘yan. Matagal na magkaibigan naman sila, matagal naman silang nagsama. May mga misunderstanding lang,” he said.

“They could settle that. I would encourage the senator and the team to settle with Top Rank and settle the differences.”