Top Rank promoter Bob Arum neither confirmed nor denied the possible showdown between eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and current World Boxing Organization welterweight titleholder Jessie Vargas in October. Arum said he won’t comment on the issue until a fight gets finalized.
Vargas was supposed to participate in a unification bout against International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Kell Brook later this fall. But in a shocking turn of events, Brook announced on Friday that he will be moving up two weight divisions to fight undisputed middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
The two undefeated boxers will square off at the O2 Arena in London on September 10. Needless to say, Brook’s decision to fight GGG left Vargas without a worthy opponent in October.
It didn’t take long before boxing pundits started getting creative. Vargas was immediately linked to a possible fight with Pacquiao, who is reportedly open to returning to action.
Los Angeles Times reported that Bob Arum has reserved October 15 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for Pacquiao’s possible comeback fight. He explained that he made the reservation just in case the Filipino boxer decides to come out of retirement.
In a recent interview with BoxingScene, Arum said he is reserving all his comments until after the fight negotiations. He did reveal that if Pacquiao would fight in October, he would have to train in the Philippines.
“I’m not going to comment till everything is done, whatever we’re doing,” said Arum. “Well, we’re working on the schedule. We’re working on the votes and everything. He’s not going to be able to train much here in the United States. But with that being said, he can train in Manila while he’s sitting in the Senate.”
Pacquiao is also linked to former world champion Adrien Broner. However, lightweight contender Haskell Lydell Rhodes believes Pacquiao will come out with an easy unanimous decision victory over Broner if the two ever meet in the ring.