Manny Pacquiao under no pressure to name April opponent

Nick Giongco 15/12/2015

As he celebrates his 37th birthday on Thursday, Manny Pacquiao appears to be not at all concerned about boxing, specifically the identity of his comeback opponent.

“There’s no rush,” said Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz, stressing that since the proposed fight is set on April 9, there is still time for the Filipino fighter to study his options.

Top Rank chief Bob Arum had initially wanted Pacquiao to name his foe during a live broadcast of a fight in San Juan, Puerto Rico, over the weekend, but he had to scrap it at the last minute as the eight-division titleholder hasn’t made a decision.

Three names were brought to the table, Terence Crawford, Tim Bradley and Amir Khan, for Pacquiao to choose from but up until yesterday, Koncz says a decision is still far from being made.

“We are not giving a strict timetable. I can’t tell exactly when because the fight’s in April (anyway),” added Koncz.

Arum had told the Bulletin a few days ago that there is no need to press the panic button.


“I can wait until the end of the month,” said Arum, who turned 84 last Dec. 8.

Aside from the three guys Top Rank mentioned as candidates, Koncz also floated the name of Adrien Broner, the reigning world super-lightweight champion.

Arum feels that certain groups have been approaching Pacquiao to bring his wares outside the US but the Hall of Fame promoter isn’t too sold about that happening.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks