Freddie Roach, the longtime trainer for Manny Pacquiao, stated recently that his ward needs to stop fighting “nobodies” to get back on track in being considered as one of the best in the world. However, it looks like Roach won’t get what he wants with news that Pacquiao is set to face Australian welterweight Jeff Horn.
Bob Arum, Top Rank promotions head and representative of Pacquiao, said in a recent interview that a Pacquiao vs. Crawford bout is not possible in the first half of 2017.
The veteran promoter added that it’s possible that the Filipino boxer will face the undefeated Horn, who is the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Inter-Continental welterweight champion.
Arum giving up on Pacquiao vs. Crawford?
“There’ll be no Pacquiao-Crawford fight in the first six months of the year definitely. Only if the fight will be in the United States, but we’re not planning the next fight in the United States so we’re also not planning on Crawford now,” Arum stated.
Arum insisted that they want to explore fights for Pacquiao outside the United States, where most of the Filipino’s fights had been held in his boxing career.
“Now that the New Year is over I’m going to finalize a location because we’re looking out an opponent depending on the locations like in Australia, England, Middle East or maybe even in Mexico. That’s what I want to do with the last period of Manny’s career. I want him to be known as a worldwide fighter,” Arum added.
Pacquiao has been rumored to fight Terence Crawford, the top prospect from the super lightweight division. Crawford holds a record of 30-0-0 (21 knockouts) and undefeated like the Australian Horn (16-0-1, 11 knockouts).
Pacquiao’s last fight came against an unknown Jessie Vargas last November 2015. That was the Filipino’s comeback fight from retirement. It reportedly got respectable numbers from their pay-per-view sales, but fight fans were not excited about that bout.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn could be another “warm-up” fight for the Filipino before he gets the big one vs. Terence Crawford later in 2017.