The camp of Manny Pacquiao said a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the best fight for the Filipino champion if he opts to have another one next year, but if this will not happen, there are still plenty of opponents on the horizon.
Mike Koncz, Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser, said that a faceoff with American puncher Adrien Broner will be an interesting bout assuming a second meeting with Mayweather doesn’t happen sometime mid-2017.
“Hopefully Floyd thinks it (Pacquiao’s win over Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas) was good enough and if the fans want it, then we’ll do hopefully a rematch,” said Koncz.
“If not, then we have to wait and see. I would still like to do Broner because I think that’s a fight that would sell. Other than that, we don’t have any immediate plans.”
Pacquiao floored Vargas en route to a unanimous decision victory at the Thomas and Mack Center over the weekend.
Koncz had long batted for the 27-year-old Broner, who packs a 34-2 win-loss mark with 24 KOs.
Top Rank chief Bob Arum also has his own list that includes Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko.
But a clearer picture of what’s down the road for Pacquiao should be known towards the end of the year.
Mayweather was at ringside in Las Vegas and the boxing world could not help but wonder why the superstar showed up.
Although Mayweather didn’t say anything about his attendance, it was seen as a first step towards the target of making them fight again following the unappealing ending to their blockbuster May, 2015 contest that drew a staggering 4.6 million PPV buys.
Arum is also drooling with excitement over the recent developments, seeing TMZ Sports that said Pacquiao has a lot better chance of winning if a rematch happens.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks