Manny Pacquiao has already announced his retirement and is now a senator in the Philippines, but there are rumors suggesting that the Filipino boxing icon will fight again. In fact, one report indicated that the Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner bout was already finalized.
Pacquiao has said all along that he is not planning to return to the ring, as he is determined to focus on his political career in the Philippines. But one well-known boxing executive leaked that Top Rank Promotions and Pacquiao been working on a possible fight in October.
Golden Boy Promotions senior vice president Eric Gomez told BoxingScene that he is quite sure that Pacquiao will go up against Broner in October. Gomez reacted on reports linking their prized fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to a super fight with Pacquiao.
“I do have it under good authority that he is fighting Broner in an October pay-per-view,” Gomez said, referring to the Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner fight. “So he’s going to be fighting a month after Canelo because he has September.”
When pressed to comment on Gomez’s revelation, Arum confirmed that they are considering Broner for Pacquiao’s next fight but insisted that nothing is finalized at this point. The veteran promoter added that they are actually considering other options, including World Boxing Council welterweight champion Danny Garcia.
Garcia became a hot commodity in the welterweight division after capturing the WBC title via a unanimous decision win over Robert Guerrero in January. The Philadelphia native is under Al Haymon, a known rival of Arum, but the Top Rank boss sees no hurdle for the showdown.
Arum said that he is willing to work with Haymon, especially after the two parties agreed to a $100-million lawsuit settlement in May. This will also open the possibility of finalizing a fight with Broner, who is also under Haymon’s wing.
“I’ll work with Haymon in a sense that we’re gonna put animosity aside because it’s stupid,” Arum told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “Now that we settled lawsuits, if we have a fighter that fights in something that he wants to do and it fits, why not? It’s stupid not to.”
But in the event Arum fails to pit Pacquiao against either Garcia or Broner, the Hall of Famer is ready to match up Pacquiao against Terence Crawford. However, Crawford needs to win against Viktor Postol on July 23 to become an attractive option for the former eight-division world champion.