Manny Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, has today labelled the veteran boxer 'unprofessional' after he elected to skip a post-surgery check up in order to visit a convicted criminal in an Indonesian prison.
Having undergone surgery on a torn rotator cuff injury sustained in the run up to May's Floyd Mayweather bout, Manny Pacquio was due to meet with medical staff at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles earlier this month, according to the Daily Mail.
Electing instead to head to Indonesia as part of his responsibilities as a politician, Pacquaio has since incurred the wrath of Bob Arum.
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"As far as I’m concerned he’s not an active fighter,"Arum explained over the weekend.
"Pacquiao was supposed to come over to see the doctor and for some reason he decided to cancel it. So he’s not acting very professionally."
Manny Pacquio skipped the scheduled appointment to assess the ongoing rehabilitation process in favor of visiting Mary Jane Veloso, a 30-year-old woman convicted in 2009 of smuggling 2.6 kg of heroin in her suitcase, in Indonesia.
But, whilst the veteran may have felt his actions were bigger than boxing, they have left him unpopular with the team he has worked with for several year in the ring:
"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.
"He’s a grown man and he makes his own decisions but as far as I’m concerned he’ s not an active fighter."
Manny Pacquio's lacklustre display against Manny Pacquiao left many questioning whether he should hang up his gloves. The injury issues that have emerged since only strengthened those voices.
To now hear that the Filipino appears more concerned with his responsibilities away from the sport at present could perhaps be the final straw.
The 36-year-old did though fight back against his long-time promoter's criticizm. Pacquaio told reported today that he was in fact recovering faster than expected through 'self-rehab.'