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Pacquiao-Provodnikov Floated as Potential Backup Plan

By CARLOS ARIAS

INGLEWOOD, CALIF. --- Top Rank CEO Bob Arum intends to do everything possible to make a fifth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez in November in Macau, but if it doesn't come together he has a backup plan.

"When Max (Kellerman) asked him the question, he said I'm going to go back and discuss with my team and analyze it, which I think is a pretty good answer," Arum said. "which leads me to believe he'll do the fight."

But if Marquez decides against a fifth fight against Pacquiao, Arum immediately brought up WBO 140-pound champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16KOs), who faces Chris Algieri in an HBO televised fight on June 14th from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Arum had previously explored Pacquiao-Provodnikov for April of this year, but the Filipino star ultimately decided on facing Timothy Bradley in a rematch. Provodnikov initially turned the fight down, because he and Pacquiao share the same trainer in Freddie Roach, but later Provodnikov changed his mind and said he was open to the idea of accepting the fight.

Also, if Golden Boy executives Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya split apart - then Arum would consider sitting down with De La Hoya to discuss the idea of matching Pacquiao against whatever viable options that remain with Golden Boy Promotions.

"Provodnikov (would be a good option)," Arum said, "Yeah, (he said he would fight Pacquiao). Also with a lot of stuff that's happening now, we have to see how this all shakes out. Because it may actually be that the fighters who end up with Golden Boy, and that meaning (with) Oscar (De La Hoya), would be available to fight Manny, and they would certainly want to do that."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bronx2245 on 05-19-2014

[QUOTE=straightleft;14567143]Weight drainer, weight cheater, sucker puncher, gloves cheater has the balls? Funny how you easily forgot when your boy said to everybody he will never drain his opponent just to have an unfair advantage then he weight drained Canelo on…

Comment by Strategic1 on 05-19-2014

Difference with Manny.. PAC wouldn't duck Provo. Marquez ducks Provo to face the guy that Provo broke down. Nothing new... Fechenko, Ramos, Alvarado... instead of Rios, Amir Khan, Provodnikov. Easier fights.

Comment by straightleft on 05-19-2014

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;14564788]Lucas Matthysse vs Pacquiao, make it happen. Or Keith Thurman vs Pac. Or Canelo is there if Manny has the balls like Floyd did.[/QUOTE] Weight drainer, weight cheater, sucker puncher, gloves cheater has the balls? Funny how you easily forgot…

Comment by alexguiness on 05-19-2014

To be honest neither JMM or Prov really appeal to me for Pac's next fight. I would like to see him fight a Broner or a Khan, understanding that politically this will be much more challenging. I don't know a…

Comment by Det. Conan on 05-19-2014

[QUOTE=soul_survivor;14564811]exactly loool I actually like the idea of Prov v Pac, he's a big strong guy with legit, tested power. It's a great fight imo.[/QUOTE] The fight seems ok, atleast for the sake of Boxing. However, it is not for…

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