Arum: Khan Could Be a November Option For Pacquiao

By Edward Chaykovsky

Top Rank's CEO, Bob Arum, says there are several options for Manny Pacquiao's first defense of the reclaimed WBO welterweight title on November 8th in Macau. The number one option is a fifth fight with former four division champion Juan Manuel Marquez.

A good backup option is WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov, who uses Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach. Since Arum is now on good terms with Golden Boy Promotions President, Oscar De La Hoya, a longshot possibility is British star Amir Khan, who used to be Pacquiao's stablemate under Roach.

"Juan Manuel has not committed yet to the fight. I'll have the opportunity to speak with him maybe as soon as next week because I invited Juan Manuel and his wife to come to Macau so we have plenty of time to discuss it," Arum told ABS CBN News. "Ruslan is fighting on June 14 on HBO. It will be shown in the Philippines and so he is also a potential opponent."

"We will see which of these welterweights have been fighting for Golden Boy or on the contract to Golden Boy that Oscar can produce. Once we learn that, we can review those fighters. It could be Amir Khan. Canelo [Alvarez] is fighting too late. He's fighting in July. So for November, Canelo wouldn't be right. But maybe sometime next year."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mitchell Kane on 05-25-2014

According to Dan Rafael, this fight ain't happening...Khan with SHO, Manny with HBO (believes HBO put some money in the new Top Rank contract).: [QUOTE]Not happening. [B]Khan is under contract to Showtime[/B], Manny is tied to HBO and although he…

Comment by Pugilist95 on 05-25-2014

Don't really want to see this fight, Manny should really be fighting against the winner of Brook/Porter.

Comment by C U NextTuesday on 05-25-2014

Yes We Khan!.

Comment by SoulByThePound on 05-25-2014

[QUOTE=Rudiamonds;14585240]Because he a draw with a good resume[/QUOTE] ithought having a draw around here means nothing

Comment by GRUSTLER on 05-25-2014

[QUOTE=Bigg Rigg;14585933]Yeah, he's a lil ***** too! That's gonna be the excuse, Manny can fight GB fighters now but not Floyd. Lol sad! Lol ***** boy Floyd is an embarrassment to boxing! Manny is now going to fight GB fighters,…

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