Arum: Pacquiao Looking At April Fight
Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum stated in an interview that Manny Pacquiao is ready to return to the ring.
The 39 year old reached out to Arum through adviser Michael Koncz, and told Arum he’s eager to return to the ring.
“We are going to find him a date in April,” said Arum to the Manila Bulletin.
Pacquiao’s last fight was a shocking decision loss to underdog Jeff Horn, this past July at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
Pacquiao wanted to reclaim his WBO welterweight title, Top Rank then scheduled a November rematch with Horn.
Yet, soon after the rematch was set, after Pacquiao cited conflicts with his work schedule as a senator in the Philippines and dropped out of the fight.
Horn would instead fight Gary Corcoran earlier this month, and stopped him in the eleventh round.
Arum hopes to settle the details in the next two weeks to ensure it does not conflict with Pacquiao’s Senate schedule.
Arum wants Pacquiao to have a quality opponent, and then face the winner of Horn’s mandatory fight with Terence Crawford which is set for April 21st.
One thing is for sure, Pacquiao has no desire to fight on the undercard of that event – and wants to be in a solid fight.
“Manny doesn’t want to fight in an undercard and he wants an interesting fight (when he returns),” Arum said.
Arum furthered ties with Pacquiao by signing IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas, a client of Pacquiao.
Arum has big plans for the talented fighter and believes he could be the next superstar to come out of the Philippines.
“We signed him up for three fights in 2018 and if he does well, we will sign him up again for another three (in 2019),” said Arum.
“We are going to make him a star.”