Macau - Veteran boxing promoter Bob Arum has blasted the
injured Manny Pacquiao for missing a planned rehab visit to his doctor and says
he has no idea when "Pacman" might return to the ring.
After watching Argentina's Cesar Cuenca beat China's
"IK" Yang to lift the IBF junior welterweight title in Macau's Cotai
Arena on Saturday night, the 83-year-old Top Rank chief Arum responded angrily
when asked when Pacquiao might fight again.
"As far as I'm concerned he's not an active
fighter," said Arum, adding that Pacquiao had "not been acting very
Pacquiao had surgery on May 7 to repair a torn right
shoulder rotator cuff sustained in the unanimous points defeat against Floyd
Mayweather in the richest fight of all time in Las Vegas five days earlier.
But Arum confirmed the Philippines congressman cancelled a
planned check-up with his surgeon Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe
Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles on July 4.
"Pacquiao was supposed to come over to see the doctor
and for some reason he decided to cancel it," Arum told AFP.
"So he's not acting very professionally."
Just days after he had been due to see the surgeon, Pacquiao
instead travelled to Indonesia in a much-publicised trip to film a television
advertisement and visit to a Filipina on death row.
Mary Jane Veloso was sentenced to death in Indonesia after being
arrested in 2009 with 2.6kg of heroin sewn into the lining of her suitcase.
"We're hoping to help save Mary Jane's life, I think
Mary Jane is a victim of human-trafficking," Pacquiao said after visiting
the single mother of two young children in Wirogunan prison on the main island
of Java on July 10.
But Arum insisted that the 36-year-old's first priority
should have been to be back in Los Angeles for an appointment with his surgeon
to decide on his rehabilitation programme.
"When you have an operation like that you've got to get
into rehab. You've got to get the doctor to look at it and to guide you as to
the kind of rehab that you've got to do," said Arum.
"He's a grown man and he makes his own decisions but as
far as I'm concerned he's not an active fighter."
Mayweather has since been stripped of the WBO welterweight
belt he won for beating Pacquiao after he failed to meet a deadline to pay a
$200 000 sanctioning fee for the May 2 fight.