Bob Arum has already capped his initial meeting with the people of Amir Khan, the British star being groomed to bring Manny Pacquiao to deep waters in his comeback bout next year.
“This takes time and I will present everything to Manny and we’ll see what happens,” Arum said.
Arum said Khan, who used to spar with Pacquiao back in the days when he was still being trained by Freddie Roach, is “a priority” in the run-up to naming Pacquiao’s opponent for a fight being eyed for February or March 2016.
The Middle East – Doha in Qatar or the United Arab Emirates – and even Las Vegas remain in the running to stage Pacquiao’s return fight.
Pacquiao, who turns 37 on Dec. 17, injured his right rotator cuff during the loss to Floyd Mayweather last May 2 and he underwent surgery immediately after the fight.
While Pacquiao says his injury has healed, the 83-year-old Arum wants to know the extent of the progress of the Filipino icon’s improvement.
Khan (31-3 record with 19 KOs) spent many times sparring with Pacquiao in the country about five years ago.
Pacquiao (57-6-2 with 38 KOs) wants another shot at Mayweather so he can redeem himself.
The problem is that the undefeated Mayweather insists that his Sept. 12 duel with Andre Berto will be his swan song as he doesn’t have any intention of fighting for the 50th time in 2016.
Also on the shortlist of Pacquiao opponent is unbeaten American Terrence Crawford, according to Arum, whose Top Rank Inc. has Pacquiao under contract until the end of 2016.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks