Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum almost can’t wait another day to get Manny Pacquiao to make up his mind regarding his next opponent. He has dispatched the fighter’s Canadian adviser to Israel to help speed things up.
“Mike Koncz left for Israel this week carrying videos of the three fighters,” Arum said yesterday.
Pacquiao is on vacation in Israel with his wife Jinkee and some family members and Koncz and Arum expect him to make his choice by the week’s end as to who he will face in his comeback fight on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
There are no frontrunners among Amir Khan (31-3 with 19 KOs), Terence Crawford (27-0 with 19 KOs) and Tim Bradley (33-1-1 with 13 KOs), according to Arum, whose only wish is for Pacquiao to do the pick “as time is ticking.”
While the 83-year-old Top Rank chief is pressing the panic button, Arum would like to wrap things up the soonest so he can set the stage for the pre-fight activities like the press tour that should be under way by late-January or early February.
“Economically, it’s all the same,” said Arum, who took Pacquiao under his promotional banner 10 years ago, maintaining that the fighting congressman’s decision will weigh heavily on his assessment of each candidate.
Even if he had fought Bradley twice, Pacquiao will look at Bradley since the fighter is coming off a resounding win over Brandon Rios.
Khan is also being eyed as the British puncher shares a long and storied rivalry with Pacquiao back in the days when he was still with Freddie Roach.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks