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Bob Arum Squashes Pacquiao vs. Broner Possibility

By Steve Kim

As Top Rank CEO Bob Arum was away on vacation last week, the name of Adrien Broner came up as a possibility as Manny Pacquiao's opponent on April 9th. Admittedly, this was news to the veteran promoter.

Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz, phoned Broner directly to see if he would entertain the idea.

"Yeah, I was very surprised," said Arum on Monday morning to BoxingScene.com.

"But y'know, Mike is trying to figure out the best thing for Manny and he's not as conversant in the pay-per-view like we are. We talk to all the distributors, to HBO and we figure out who is the best draw. We don't do this by the seat of our pants. But his idea was,'Well, the kid has a big mouth,' but that doesn't sell pay-per-views.

"We had a real nice meeting with Michael and he understands. So we're going with the original group and we'll see where it goes from there."

The names that were prominently mentioned were the likes of Terence Crawford, Tim Bradley and Amir Khan.

''We should have an answer in the next day or so based on what Michael said and then we go to work," said Arum, who added that Pacquiao's fight will be staged at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 12-30-2015

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;16358838]Bob Arum: "I have given Manny a list of opponents so he can pick out his next fight." Manny: "Hey Bop, I want to fight Adrien Broner." Bob Arum: "Whoah, what do you think you're doing? Stick to the list…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 12-30-2015

Bob Arum: "I have given Manny a list of opponents so he can pick out his next fight." Manny: "Hey Bop, I want to fight Adrien Broner." Bob Arum: "Whoah, what do you think you're doing? Stick to the list…

Comment by Zaroku on 12-30-2015

Bob Arum! The puppeteer who makes Manny walk, dance, laugh or lie on command! I remember post fight where Roach and Koncz looked away as PAC describe his shoulder pain. Bob makes it look like Manny has a choice of…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 12-29-2015

[QUOTE=bigdunny1;16357038]So cotto don't count as a top rank guy even though the ground work of the deal was done by top rank before cotto bounced refusing to respond to top rank and signed to roc nation. Top rank mapped out…

Comment by bigdunny1 on 12-29-2015

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;16356912]WTF? the man literally waited 5 years for SRL/Hagler, after staging a fake in ring announcement wouldn't make Floyd/odh, never made Juanma/Gamboa, and brought the term "marinate" in the sports lexicon.[/QUOTE] You going back 3 decades to bring…

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