MANILA – Manny Pacquiao's business manager insists the Filipino boxer is free to sign with Paradigm Sports Management despite still being part of the Premier Boxing Champions group.
It was announced last week that Pacquiao had signed with Paradigm Sports, the same agency that represents UFC superstar Conor McGregor. The move immediately sparked rumors of a potential bout between the "Pacman" and the Irish MMA fighter.
But according to a report by The Philippine Star, Pacquiao "is still part of the PBC stable," which is headed Al Haymon, a boxing powerbroker closely linked to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Sean Gibbons, the chief of MP Promotions, told Dino Maragay of The Philippine Star that Pacquiao "still has fights with PBC."
In a statement, Pacquiao's business manager Arnold Vegafria insisted that his client's "former agreements do not legally bind him in such a way as to prevent him from pursuing certain fights with other promoters."
"The previous agreement has no impact on the ability of Paradigm Sports to negotiate on behalf of Senator Manny Pacquiao going forward," Vegafria said.
"Manny is now represented by Paradigm Sports Management, who are actively negotiating his future fight options."
Paradigm Sports itself told ESPN's Ariel Helwani that they had received assurances from Pacquiao's team that the Filipino boxer/senator "is free to pursue other fight options moving forward, and that Paradigm is free to negotiate on his behalf."
"His previous agreements have no legal bearing on our future negotiations at this point," they added.
Pacquiao last fought in July 2019, beating American Keith Thurman via split decision to claim the "super" version of the WBA welterweight belt.
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