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Pacquiao puts Bob Arum on suspense mode

With fight just two months away, Top Rank exec awaits word from ring icon


By Nick Giongco

BOB arum

BOB arum

Bob Arum is itching to make a Michael Buffer-like introduction of his April 14 show at Madison Square Garden in New York.

But the star of the show, Manny Pacquiao, has yet to formally commit, preventing the Hall of Fame promoter from doing just that.

“We are trying to get hold of Michael (Koncz) because I have to make the announcement soon (since the fight is just a little over two months from now),” said the 86-year-old Top Rank chief, referring to Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz.

Apparently, the camps of the main event fighters, Terence Crawford and Jeff Horn, tabbed to fight for the Australian’s world welterweight crown, and the opponent of the 39-year-old Pacquiao, have agreed on the terms.

Arum is actually ready to start drumbeating his first big card for 2018.

“Instead of bringing the fighters over here for the press tour, we’ll just use satellite television,” said Arum from his Las Vegas home.

While a few names have been dropped, former world champion Mike Alvarado of Denver seems to be the frontrunner to land the Pacquiao payday.

Should Pacquiao agree, it will be the first time the eight-division champion will fight in the Big Apple, having fought almost exclusively in Las Vegas since 2001.

Last time he was in action, Pacquiao suffered an upset decision loss to Horn in Brisbane, Australia, last July.

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  • Teddy Reynoso

    I sure hope Senator Pacquiao will choose an opponent who can make our long wait worth it. Please say it is not Alvarado who is way well passed his own prime.

    • Al Ramos

      Bakit kaya ito si bob mga pangit Ang match up Niya para Kay pacman. Di Bali Na matalo as long as maganda Ang kalaban. Hindi ma inspired si Manny Pag ganyang klasi get kalaban. Tapos undercard pa si Manny. Parang sinisira ni Bob Ang reputation ni Manny para mag shift doon Ang attention Kay crawford

  • Rufus99

    “Star of the show”? Pacquiao is on the undercard fighting a completely shot Alvarado. This fight is not going to sell which means there won’t be a lot of money. Between them, Crawford and Pacquiao won’t earn $10m combined.

    • dmac412

      pac is still the star because crawford-horn won’t be on ppv if manny isn’t part of it. that’s why bob can’t move and is patiently waiting on pac. but yes, it is puzzling why pac has been relegated to an undercard status. i think it is unprecedented for a marquee fighter of his caliber to fight as an undercard, regardless if he’s washed up or not. i also agree that they won’t make $10 million. that’s probably the reason why manny is holding back.

      • Abdullah Ampaso

        Dapat mga bigatin ang kalaban ni pacquiao ung nsa top rank diba kaso kinakalaban niya puro hindi kilalang boxer eh kaya bumaba ung pagiging sikat ni Manny dapat sau Manny wag kang pumayag n lumaban s isang di sikat n boxer

  • Ray Afinke

    Another garbage catchweight fight by draining and dehydrating Pac Man’s opponents

  • mahal ko bayan ko

    mas magandang si thurman ang ilaban ni arum kay idol pacman… akmang akma kay pacquiao ito… at magandang laban ito… kahit mag retire na sya, atleast he fought a good and a quality boxer for his last fight, not alvarado hahahahha…