Pacquiao to face Horn next, but may go on world tour

January 10, 2017

A lot of fans are disappointed that Manny Pacquiao is likely going to face little known Australian fighter Jeff Horn next, but his promoter Bob Arum says there may be larger plans in store for the veteran Filipino fighter.

After facing Horn in Brisbane on April 23rd, Arum is floating the idea of Pacquiao going on a Muhammad Ali-like world tour concluding with a showdown in America with Terence Crawford, according to BoxingScene.

“What came up is the opportunity for Manny to fight in various places in the world.  Austrailia, England, the Mideast, and Russia, even.  I’ve been getting offers.  So then I talked to Manny and we decided, ‘Let’s do a world tour like Ali.’ And as long as he’s performing OK, every couple months we’d fight in a different place.  And that was very appealing [to Pacquiao].”

“We had a letter from Russia, wanting Pacquiao to fight some guy who’s pretty good in Russia.  Eddie Hearn has called me about fighting Kell Brook.  And we have all these Mid-Eastern people sniffing around.  But if we can make the Horn fight on terms acceptable to Manny, then that’s how we’ll go.  And hten if I can do that fight April 22, then I can do a fight in July, maybe in Russia.  And then in September over in England.  And then he can fight a big, big fight in the United States against Crawford.”

This statement stands in stark contrast to what Arum has previously said, which was that Pacquiao would fight twice this year.  This is an extremely ambitious schedule, especially for an almost 40 year old fighter who is a senator.  We’ll see what happens.