Top Rank promoter, Bob Arum that Manny Pacquiao is set to have another fight this coming April 9, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada against Timothy Bradley for the third time.
As Pacqiuao announced that he would be fighting his last since he plans to focus on running for a senatorial position in the Philippines, Arum believes that this is not the last time that they will see Pacquiao in the squared circle and they will refuse to market the fight as his last.
Instead, Arum defends that fighting Bradley for the third time will be new to Pacquiao with the vast improvement that the opposing fighter made since their last encounter.
“We haven’t seen this fight already, because this is a new Bradley,” Arum said through Lance Pugmire of LA Times.
The series count of Pacquiao-Bradley is deadlocked at 1-1, once Arum was asked if this fight was to break the tie, this is his answer:
“I don’t know that Manny has to prove anything other than he’s better than the current Bradley and his new coach. The Bradley who beat Rios was better than the Bradley I’ve seen of the last five years. Can that Bradley beat Manny Pacquiao? I don’t know, but I think it’s a close fight and he’s still coming off an injury.”
Arum also said that the paperworks are in the final stages and Pacquiao hinted on his Facebook page that they will be announcing something by early January.
“We have the deals … Manny approved it … and now the paperwork is being prepared,” Arum said.
With the upcoming fight, Arum insisted that Manny would probably be retiring after he faces Mayweather again for the last time and recounts that it is possible by November of 2016 – under the circumstances that Mayweather would come out of retirement.
“I’m not going to advertise it as his last fight. It could be his last fight. But I’m not going to put myself in position where he changes his mind and goes on to fight in November, and then everyone says I’m a huckster. If it’s his last fight, it’s his last fight and it can be relevant as such after …. I’m not certain it is.
“Mayweather is retired, so I take him as his word. I could say, ‘B.S., he’s retired,’ but how do I know that? He’s retired? OK, he’s retired.”
With that, Arum is now more focused on Bradley as Pacquiao’s next opponent. Shutting down talks on Amir Khan and Terrence Crawford.
“They didn’t feel Khan would do anything,” Arum said. “[Khan] has a spotty record, hasn’t done great ratings. Why would we feel he’d do well on pay-per-view?”