Top Rank Promotion chief Bob Arum said that eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao could face either World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford and British Amir Khan as potential comeback foe for his upcoming farewell fight on April 9 next year.
“Manny (Pacquiao) told me that his last fight will be held in April 9 next year. His next potential opponent could be anyone between Crawford and Khan,” the 84-year-old Arum told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Sunday (Saturday in US).
“But everything is still under negotiation. We’ll make a formal announcement soon,” he said. “Crawford and Khan are both competitive boxers. Manny told me in New York that it will be his last fight because he is running for a senatorial seat. I hope he gets elected.”
Arum also said that Pacquiao’s chief trainer Freddie Roach is interested for a fifth fight with Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1 win-loss-draw record with 40 knockouts), but the Mexican is not interested for a fifth fight.
“Freddie’s main choice is a fifth fight with Marquez by the way, but Marquez is not interested,” he said.
Arum also said the final bout would most likely be held in Las Vegas, USA.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, said he is willing to fight any boxer including Crawford and Khan in his final fight.
“I’m willing to fight anybody in my last fight. My job as a boxer is to fight,” the 36-year-old Pacquiao told The Manila Times in a recent interview.
Crawford, who is considered by many as a dangerous foe for the Filipino boxer, is unbeaten in 27 fights with 19 knockouts. The 28-year-old Crawford scored a 10th round technical knockout win over Dierry Jean last October 24 in Nebraska, USA.
Khan, on the other hand, is also hoping to get a shot against Pac¬quiao. The 28-year-old British boxer, who holds 31-3 win-loss record with 19 knockouts, won over American Chris Algieri via unanimous decision last May in Brooklyn, New York City.
Pacquiao (57-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) also beat Algieri last year via unanimous decision in Macau, China.
Pacquiao is ready to fight again unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. although no negotiation is taking place as of this moment. Mayweather won over Pacquiao last May 3 in Las Vegas via unanimous decision.