Exclusive: Arum says no contact from Hearn over Pacquiao v Brook

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Mikey Williams

Top Rank boss Bob Arum has informed WBN there has been no phone call from Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn regarding a fight between welterweight champions Manny Pacquiao and Kell Brook.

Reports in the media had stated Hearn sounded out Arum about making the contest in 2017, although Arum himself denied this was the case when contacted by WBN over the weekend.

“No, Eddie Hearn has not contacted me regarding Manny Pacquiao v Kell Brook,” Arum exclusively told World Boxing News.

Brook has all manner of options since announcing he will stay at the 147 pound limit for the foreseeable future but made it plain a unification is a the forefront of his mind.

As it stands, a two-belt battle is the only way Brook can avoid a meeting with number one and mandatory contender Errol Spence Jr. – a fight that many believe is too close to call if confirmed anytime soon.

Amir Khan has been mentioned for Brook, although the Bolton man would want a warm-up first leaving ‘The Special One’ with no choice but to face American Spence as stipulated by the International Boxing Federation.

With Khan on the backburner and fellow-belt holders Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman tied up to facing each other, Brook has only Senator Pacquiao as an option as Spence awaits news of a potential trip to the UK.