Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Arum Aims To Finalize Pacquiao's Opponent on Saturday

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

“Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao’s opponent for his planned April 12 fight at the  MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will be decided over the weekend with the choice narrowed down to former sparring partner and WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov and undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that he would meet with Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz at his (Arum’s) home in Los Angeles on Saturday (Sunday in Manila)  to finalize details of Pacquiao’s planned fight and that “hopefully we’ll put it to bed.”

He said the choice is between former Pacquiao sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov and undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley as Juan Manuel Marquez “is definitely out” after the Mexican repeatedly stated he didn’t wish to face Pacquiao in a fifth fight.

Arum said he has no specific choice among the two since he is a “non combatant” and that while Bradley presents an opportunity for Pacquiao to avenge his widely criticized split decision loss in June 2012, Provodnikov could be an attraction after his last explosive showing against Bradley.

At the same time he branded the story on a “done deal” for a Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr fight in September as “a ridiculous story” pointing out that - “nobody has talked to anybody on Pacquiao’s side, nobody has talked to anybody on Mayweather’s side. He  (Mayweather) just came out with a statement saying  that it was ridiculous. I said it was ridiculous” even as he wondered - “how these people pick it up like its real. Its crazy.”

Mayweather in an interview with Ben Thompson, a journalist friend from Fight Hype branded the story “a lie.”

Tags: Manny Pacquiao image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mathed on 01-04-2014

So is Pac-JMM 5 a done deal yet or not?

Comment by Augustane on 01-04-2014

What happened to announcing the fight by Christmas, Arum?

Comment by Weebler I on 01-04-2014

[QUOTE=Sugar Adam Ali;14100861]I feel like mundine is a perfect opponent for canelo[/QUOTE] Not sure if serious, but I think that fight would have to be in Oz to make any financial sense.

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 01-04-2014

I feel like mundine is a perfect opponent for canelo

Comment by El Angel on 01-04-2014

[QUOTE=hougigo;14100794]Mundine: I did what neither Floyd or Manny could do! KO Mosley! I AM GOD![/QUOTE] Mundine on that Ali Raymi level. Pac and Floyd don't want it.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (150)
Top Headlines Jermell Charlo: I'm Backing GGG, Canelo Avoided Me and Brother! Frampton Wants Title at 130-Pounds, Revenge on Santa Cruz Barclays Center Giving Away 2 Mayweather-McGregor Tix Saturday Lawrence Okolie Back in Action on September 1 at York Hall News: Carmona-Martinez, Claressa Shields, Sparrow-Laviolette Nate Diaz Being Courted To Walk Mayweather Out For McGregor Linares: I Want Mikey Garcia - But I Doubt He Returns To 135 Lomachenko Dares Rigondeaux To Do 'Winner Takes All' Bout Jarrell Miller Hungers To KO Washington Quicker Than Wilder Did Victor Ortiz Warns Conor McGregor About "Mayweather's Elbows" Verdejo Wants To Fight in September While Flanagan Recovers NSAC Exec: No Reason Not To Approve Mayweather-McGregor Lomachenko Smiles: I'd Like To Welcome Salido To My University Photos: Mauricio Herrera, Jesus Soto Karass - Open Workouts Mayweather-McGregor Tickets - Update For General Public Manager: 100-1 Odds That Crawford, Indongo Won't Fight Lipinets! Photos: Vasyl Lomachenko Grinding Hard For Marriaga Defense Photos: Victor Ortiz in Beast Mode For Ring Return Top Rank Exec: ESPN to Televise Beterbiev-Koelling Nonito Donaire Inks Promotional With Ringstar Sports Mayweather-McGregor Tickets: Latest Facts, Trends, Information Artur Beterbiev vs. Enrico Koelling Purse Bid Won By Top Rank Victor Ortiz vs. Saul Corral - Undercard Information Broner: My Back is Against The Wall, Everyone Counting Me Out Dillian Whyte vs. Michael Grant Set For August 19, Says Hearn Showtime To Have Three Boxing Presentations on Saturday Saunders: No American Bum Beats Me, P*ssy Golovkin is Next! Mayweather-McGregor - U.S. Cinema Information, Tickets Garcia's Coach: Perfect Timing For Lomachenko Bout By Year End Hearn Confident Joshua-Klitschko Rematch Will Be 11/11 in Vegas Mikael Lawal Inks Promotional Pact With Team Sauerland Shields: Jermall Charlo Will 'Give a Lot of Middleweights Hell' Robert Garcia: Adrien Broner is Very Strong, Very Tough Garcia: I'm Favored Because Broner Is Inconsistent, Not Skills Tony Bellew, David Haye in Talks For December Rematch Monroe Vows To Shock Saunders For Underdogs Everywhere Paul Butler Vows To Get Much "Clearer" Win Over Stuart Hall Vijender Singh vs. Zulpikar Maimaitiali Undercard Information Farhood: If McGregor Goes 12, The Press Will Hammer Mayweather Virgil Hunter: Mayweather Stops McGregor or it Gets Stopped
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement