Manny Pacquiao is back in limbo after turning down the opportunity to face Mike Alvarado in the co-feature to a world title clash between Terence Crawford and ex-foe Jeff Horn.
The 38 year-old legend was in talks to potentially share a bill with fellow Top Rank star Crawford in a contest which would ultimately place Pacquiao on the undercard on an ESPN Pay-Per-View offering at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Following weeks of attempts to finalize a deal through Bob Arum and Pacquiao’s representative Michael Koncz, PR officer Aquiles Zonio revealed the final decision to ESPN.
“No he’s (Pacquiao) not fighting Alvarado. He rejected Bob Arum’s offer to fight (on the) undercard of the Crawford-Horn fight,” Zonio explained bluntly.
“It’s an insult to him. The world knew who won that dirty fight in Brisbane. It was the biggest broad daylight boxing heist.”
Pacquiao will now need to move on quickly in order to avoid missing a year of boxing at the twilight of his career following the defeat to Horn Zonio was referring to back in July 2017.
Horn won a hotly-debated decision at the Suncorp Stadium to take Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight crown in a victory lauded by those roundly in his home country.
Many in boxing saw the result as the wrong one though, which is not the first time Pacquiao has been on the adverse end of a judging controversy.
Timothy Bradley carded a win in 2012 before Pacquiao proved not once, but twice (both in 2014 and 2016) how wrong the original scoring was.
With just a short time period left in the sport, in which Pacquiao has been one of the fighters of his generation, the clock is ticking for the ‘Pacman’ to secure a big fight moving forward.