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People still want to see Manny Pacquiao back in the ring despite the pandemic that has affected almost every country in the world. Bob Arum, Top Rank CEO also expressed his intention to get the Filipino boxing champ back in the ring soon.
Arum wants a Crawford - Pacquiao match but it’s complicated
As per ESPN, Arum wants to arrange a match between Terence Crawford, a WBO welterweight titleholder and WBA titlist Manny Pacquiao. He is hoping that the fight can happen this coming fall.
Then again Bob Arum said that the deal is not yet finalized and in fact, it is far from being a done deal. He refutes reports that say the Crawford and Pacquiao fight has already been ironed out and ready to go.
"Right now, all we've done is we have contacted Crawford and 'BoMac' (Brian McIntyre, Crawford's manager/trainer) and told them that they’ll fight in November,” he told ESPN. “It will either be in the 14th or the 21st and we're looking at opponents."
He added that if it is Manny Pacquaio, the match is possible and they arrange it, however, he admitted that this is a big task because of the current situation. He went on to explain that they can’t do it in the U.S. because “there's no crowd.” Arum reiterated that the reports confirming Crawford and Pacman’s fight are misleading.
Exhibition game before the year ends
Meanwhile, Sean Gibbons, the president of MP Promotions, also said that he has never heard about any deal for Terence Crawford vs. Manny Pacquiao so clearly, there is no contract for this yet.
In any case, Gibbons said that they are open for an exhibition match. He said that if ever a good offer comes their way, they will surely look at it and would consider it.
“Any opportunity that the Senator has to box in during this pandemic is great for him to stay sharp,” he told Manila Bulletin via text message.
The paper further reported that there is a match against a Japanese fighter that was already signed. A source shared that Manny Pacquiao was paid $6 million for the exhibition match and the deal was done in February. At this time, they are scouting for the right Japanese boxer who can fight Pacman.