Top welterweight contender Luis Carlos Abregu has sounded out Bob Arum after being named by the promoter as one of the fighters on the shortlist to face Manny Pacquiao in November.
The 30 year-old, who has lost just once to Timothy Bradley in 37 contests, is ranked in the top ten with all the major organisations and was a prominent feature when I spoke with Arum over the phone last week.
Arum stated that the Argentinian was being considered to fight Pacquiao for his next bout in Macau, alongside Juan Manuel Marquez, Ruslan Provodnikov and whichever Golden Boy contenders Oscar De La Hoya can put forward.
Abregu’s position as WBC silver champion means it’s just a matter of time before he gets his shot at world title, and ‘El Potro’ firmly believes that he belongs in that company after serving his time through a nine-year career.
“It makes me really happy to be considered by Bob Arum and I think that I deserve the opportunity since I have been ranked number one by the WBC,” Abregu told World Boxing News.
“Since last year (winning the WBC silver title against Antonin Decarie), I’ve been waiting for my chance and now is the moment to prove why I’m on the top of the rankings.
“I hope to be the one picked for the Pacquiao fight, but if that doesn’t happen I would like a rematch with Timothy Bradley to avenge my loss. There could also be a fight against Marquez, Mayweather or even Shawn Porter.
“I think that Pacquiao has shown he is one of the best as he almost knocked out Marquez before JMM was very lucky with that shot that made him win their last fight. And against Bradley, for me it’s clear that Pacquiao won both fights.
“I deserve my chance for the world championship title against Pacquiao, or any big name at 147lbs, as I am working hard to be ready for when my opportunity comes.”
Arum is keen to finalize the details of the Pacquiao event by the end of this month, with the 82 year-old already admitting that Marquez is the front runner. If the Mexican decides against a fifth meeting with his old rival though, Abregu could be the one thrust into the spotlight and get his chance to shine against the former pound for pound king.
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