Manny Wants His Money

By Robert Ecksel on September 10, 2018
Manny Wants His Money
Was it an oversight? Was it an innocent accounting error? Maybe the check is in the mail.

Is it conceivable that Bob Arum has retaliated against Pacquiao? Well, anything is possible, especially in boxing…

Is it conceivable that Bob Arum, fit to be tied at having lost his suddenly independent-minded cash cow, has retaliated against Manny Pacquiao?

Well, anything is possible, especially in boxing.

It has been almost two months since Pacquiao punched Lucas Matthysse into retirement, winning the WBA welterweight title and raising hopes than he is back and as good as new.

That championship bout was streamed live on ESPN+ and was deemed a success. But that success has been tarnished, according to Manny, as he waits for his share of American streaming rights.

Taking to Instagram to announced his intentions, Pacquiao, after writing, “Congratulations and good luck to @TRboxing and @ESPN on your 7-year partnership agreement,” took off the gloves off, so to speak, and cut to the chase.

“I know both of you have been very busy finalizing the deal. However, I have not received the US rights payment for my July 15 fight against Lucas Matthysse that was broadcast on ESPN plus. Therefore, I am initiating legal proceedings against Top Rank and all other parties based on the non-payment and attempt to restrict my future rights. Thank you.”

Manny is reportedly owed 85 percent of the revenue for US streaming rights, or approximately $1.7 million.

It might have been an oversight or innocent accounting error. Maybe the check is in the mail. But Pacquiao took the blows and wants his money now… and who can blame him?


It took a few days, but Arum admitted to there being a misunderstanding. He told ESPN that Pacquiao didn’t sign and return the right contract and Manny, in response, deleted his Instagram post.

But he’s still apparently waiting for his money.

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  1. Pete The Sneak 04:43am, 09/11/2018

    Hmmm. The words ‘Oversight’ and ‘innocent accounting error’ just don’t mesh well when you include Bob Arum in the sentence…Peace.

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