Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says that his fighter Manny Pacquiao is agreeable to a fight against undefeated Jeff Horn for April 23 in Brisbane, Australia. However, it’ll defend on whether the money is there for the fight. Pacquiao, 38, has seen some of Horn’s past fights, and he’s reportedly open to the fight.
Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) would be defending his WBO welterweight title against Horn, who is ranked #2 IBF, #2 WBO in the 147lb rankings. Arum wants the fight to place in Australia. It’s not a big enough one to attract a lot of interest from the U.S boxing fans if Arum were to stage it in the U.S.
Arum will be meeting with Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan this Tuesday to talk about the Pacquiao-Horn fight further and to possibly make a deal.
Arum said this to Fightnews.com about the Pacquiao vs. Horn fight:
“Manny has seen some of Jeff Horn’s previous fights, we’ve shown him tapes,” said Arum. “Manny thinks Jeff is a very live fighter — in the sense he’s a come-ahead guy and he says it will be a tremendous fight and a good challenge for him. Manny is on board for this fight…we are very excited about this fight.”
Arum said that he wanted Pacquiao’s next fight to be staged outside of the U.S on April 23. He wants Pacquiao to fight in the U.S for his second fight of the year in late 2017. Pacquiao could face Terence Crawford if he can agree on the money that will fit Arum’s budget. Pacquiao wants $20 million and Crawford $7 million.
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach says that Arum said no the fight taking place for that money. If the purse requests from Pacquiao and Crawford don’t fit Arum’s budget, then they’re going to need to come down in their asking price for the fight to get made. Can Arum get them to take less than what they want? I don’t know. It’s a difficult fight for Pacquiao. I don’t see why he would agree to take it when he can make more money fighting the popular welterweights.
Crawford hasn’t fought anybody yet, and he’s mainly fighting in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Crawford’s fighting style is hard to watch sometimes when he’s moving a lot and just jabbing. It’s good that Arum is staging Crawford’s fights in Omaha with him fighting in front of his own boxing fans, because he might get booed if he fights in Las Vegas, Nevada.