Former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao could end up fighting unbeaten Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley in a rematch next year if he defeats Mexican-American Brandon “Bam-Bam” Rios on November 23 at the Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.
Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum told reporters during a press conference in General Santos City over the weekend that Pacquiao (54-5-2 win-loss-slate with 38 knockouts) is deep in training and looks more dedicated to win this fight.
“This is the last of the three fights – Manny vs. Rios — and a lot of it depends on who the winner of this fight will be,” said Arum via conference call transcript provided by website . “There are some fantastic matches that can be made next year with these fighters.”
“Manny has unfinished business with Tim Bradley and that might be a good option if he beats Rios,” he said. “If Rios wins, Ruslan Provodnikov or Bradley would be good opponents. Provodnikov versus Manny, if Manny wins, would be an intriguing kind of fight.”
Pacquiao, for his part, said he is not thinking yet who will be his next fight since he is focused on his preparation against Rios.
“So let’s see how this fight goes on November 23 and then I’m sure everyone will sit down and we’ll work out who Manny and Brandon will fight next,” said Arum.
Rios (31-1-1 win-loss-draw with 22 knockouts) is also considered to be in top shape.
But Arum remains confident with Pacquiao’s new attitude in training.
“Manny, to me, looks more dedicated than ever and General Santos City is the perfect place for him to train,” said Arum.
“He concentrates on nothing but his training and I think the Manny Pacquiao you are going to see on November 23 is going to be perhaps better than the Manny Pacquiao we saw against De La Hoya, Hatton and Cotto,” he said.