There are some fighters that end their careers fighting the best in exciting fighters one after another, and there’s Manny Pacquiao. He’s going out on a low in finishing his career in a series of fights that the boxing public has been largely ignoring. Pacquiao’s next fight will be against welterweight contender Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) on April 23 at the Suncorp stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
The reminds me of how Floyd Mayweather Jr. ended up career facing Andre Berto instead of a relevant fighter that the fans wanted him to see fight like Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Gennady Golovkin, Miguel Cotto or Saul Canelo Alvarez. Mayweather had his money from his six-contract with Showtime, so he bowed out without taking any chances.
Pacquiao’s last two fights have come against Jessie Vargas and Tim Bradley. The PPV numbers were low. In fact, the numbers have been dropping with each fight. That might be the reason why Pacquiao;s promoter Bob Arum isn’t even thinking of putting Pacquiao-Horn on PPV in the States. It just won’t sell. It’s a crazy idea, and it would be crazier to put the fight on HBO PPV if it were accepted by the network, which I don’t think it would.
“We really hope the Queensland government and so forth will feel the same way,” said Horns’ trainer Glenn Rushton to skysports.com. “It just makes sense but also for the future. This can reinvigorate boxing in Australia.”
Arum promotes Horn, so that explains why he’s getting the fight with Pacquiao. Right off hand, I could think of at least 10 fights that would be more appealing than Pacquiao vs. Horn. Here are the fighters I’d prefer to see Pacquiao fight in April:
Saul Canelo Alvarez
I’m not sure why Arum is matching Pacquiao the way he’s doing, but it’s not as if the Filipino fighter didn’t have a chance of moving on when his contract expired with Top Rank recently. Instead of moving on to another promoter that could get him big fights, Pacquiao re-upped and this is what we’re seeing.