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Manny Pacquiao confirms opponent search remains open

Phil Jay 26/01/2017

Despite many reports naming Australian Jeff Horn as Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent for the spring, the Filipino himself has taken to social media to ask fans their opinion on who he should face next.

It was thought Horn was cut and dried to get his opportunity following a link-up between Duco Events and Top Rank, although Pacquiao doesn’t seem convinced this is the route to go down.

Of the responses sent back to Pacquiao’s post, Horn’s name was not on the lips of hardly anyone, which could make promoter Bob Arum think again regarding the eight-weight champion’s upcoming contest.

Arum wants Pacquiao to go on a globetrotting tour in 2017 before retiring in December with a match-up against Terence Crawford or Vasyl Lomachenko despite the man himself believing he can fight on in 2018.

An imminent meeting between Pacquiao and Arum should eventually bring the pair back onto the same page, although Horn will face an anxious wait to find out if he will earn a money-spinning clash with the pound for pound star.

A fifth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez has been at the forefront of Pacquiao’s mind since his 2012 loss, whilst the Mexican has so far rebuffed his advances to meet again. Marquez would be more likely to happen later in year, if at all, with the likes of Horn, Konstantin Ponomarev and few others in the frame this time around.

The distinct lack of options is not down to Pacquiao himself, but rather promotional issues and fighters being tied up in unifications and mandatory obligations, meaning there’s not a lot out there for the ‘Pacman’ to ponder.

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