Arum responds to Fury’s retirement claim and makes Pacquiao comparison

Tyson Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum has played down his claims he will retire after two more fights.

The unbeaten WBC heavyweight champ says he will hang up his gloves after his third fight with Deontay Wilder in July and a possible showdown with Anthony Joshua in December.

Top Rank chief Arum said: “Manny Pacquiao, I promoted him for seven-and-a-half years and five years into the promotion of Manny Pacquiao, he was telling the press he would only have two more fights and then would retire.

“Well that’s now 14 years later or 13 years later and he’s still fighting. So you have to take with a grain of salt fighters saying they want two more fights and then they’re gone.

“I mean I’ve heard that so often. He will retire when he wants to retire and whether that’s two fights or three fights, I think we have three more on our contract.

"Even though we have a contract, if a fighter wants to retire early, he retires early.

“He will retire when he wants to retire and without giving any credibility to the fact that he’s only going to do two fights and retire.


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"Maybe he believes that, but that’s subject to change.”

Fury this week seemingly confirmed he plans to retire after an undisputed fight with Joshua .

Fury became a two-time world champion by stopping Deontay Wilder last month – and will have to face the American for a third time in July.

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