• Crawford, Khan as Pacquiao’s potential foes – Bob Arum

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    (From left) Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach. FILE PHOTO

    (From left) Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach. FILE PHOTO

    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.

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    1. Is there any law that can accused Mr. Pacquiao for double dipping. He gets salary as a congressman plus his pork barrel and gets another from his fights. When is the DOJ going to file a case against double compensation as well as being absent from work almost 99 % of the time. Or is the law lenient only to famous people and those that are very successful in double dipping and those that don’t pay taxes. .

      • There is nothing wrong about double dipping. What I hope Manny does however is not to take the money he makes as a Congressman. That goes a long way about how the public thinks of him. Especially, half of the time he is not in Congress anyway because he is out practicing or fighting.

      • Especially, half of the time he is not in Congress anyway because he is out practicing or fighting.
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        Half the time would be a huge improvement

        2014 he showed up for work 4 times out of 70 sessions.

        2015 he showed up 7 times out of 70.

        The guy is useless as a representative in congress.

    2. When is his manager going to tell us Pac is in the best shape of his life, faster than ever and ready for anything the other guy does like he did before the loss to Mayweather