Veteran boxing promoter Bob Arum says that Manny Pacquiao will fight two times in 2017. The Top Rank promotions head, stated that the Filipino boxer will decide on his next opponent when they meet early in 2017.
“I think he’ll fight at least twice more next year. After next year, I have absolutely no idea,” Arum stated to Boxing Scene.
Pacquiao holds a record of 59-6-2 with 38 knockouts in his career. The latest victory came last November when he beat an unknown Jessie Vargas for his comeback fight from retirement.
Pacquiao senator first before boxer
“The truth is it would be some time before the end of June. Now exactly when that will be I can’t rely on anybody except going over there and meeting with the president of the senate and determine what the schedule is for the senate. His first job is as a senator and I can’t influence when they have recesses,” Arum added about Pacquiao’s fight date.
“I know they have recesses scheduled, but one I get the schedule of the senate going forward, then I’ll sit with Manny, we’ll plan the date and we’ll get an opponent.”
Pacquiao is an elected senator for his country, the Philippines.
Pacquiao initially “retired” from boxing after his April 2016 fight against Timothy Bradley Jr. But as expected by almost everyone, he reversed that decision with many accusing the Filipino of lying to fans about his actual plans in his career.
It’s not known yet which fighters will be up next for Pacquiao. Boxing rumors state that Terence Crawford and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are possible opponents.
Pacquiao might have no choice but to pick a good and popular opponent since the Vargas fight did not produce much hype and good pay-per-view numbers. Pacquiao’s recent fights have also been disappointing as he has not recorded a knockout since defeating Miguel Cotto in 2014.
Top Rank and Arum needs a good partner for Pacquiao if they want to convince boxing fans that it’s still worthy to watch and support the Filipino boxer.
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