In the wake of suggestions that Manny Pacquiao could be in line to face Floyd Mayweather on May 3 in Nevada, Top Rank boss Bob Arum has clarified to WBN that the Filipino will definitely fight next on April 12.
After being contacted about the possibility of Pacquiao switching dates or delaying his next outing due to his wife Jinkee’s pregnancy, Arum was categoric in stating that Pacquiao’s spring outing remains unchanged.
The rejuventated Pacquiao, 35, is predictably being mentioned in the same breath as Mayweather until either of the champion fighters make a formal announcement on their first opponent for 2014. The ‘Pacman’ is currently being linked to Ruslan Provodnikov or Timothy Bradley for his MGM Grand bout, whilst Mayweather is constantly earmarked to face Amir Khan on May 3 at the same venue.
One thing that is now certain due to Arum’s latest comments is that Pacquiao will not be fighting Mayweather in the first half of the coming year – as fans and media alike pine for a welterweight mega-fight between the two legends of the sport.
It’s more a matter of who, rather than when for the Congressman, who is looking to build on his one-sided handling of Brandon Rios in November and possibly add yet another world title to his already impressive haul.
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