By Steve Kim
While there had been a lot of speculation that Manny Pacquiao would be facing Mike Alvarado on April 14th in Las Vegas, as part of a show that would be headlined by the match-up between WBO welterweight titlist Jeff Horn and challenger Terence Crawford - promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank has confirmed to BoxingScene.com that the eight division champion will not appear on the card.
"Manny Pacquiao is not on that show,'' Arum told BoxingScene on Friday afternoon.
"There are reasons... it's not that he's fighting Mike Alvarado, it has nothing to do with him potentially being on the undercard. That had never been discussed with Manny. There are good reasons why he is not fighting on April 14th and because they were told to me in confidence I'm not going to discuss it."
But Arum makes it clear - "there's no friction between Manny and myself and there's no, 'I wanted to fight this guy, not that guy...' there was none of that. There's a reason he isn't on April 14th and I'll just leave it at that."
So just when will Pacquiao fight again?
"That depends," explained Arum.
"He has a group in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia looking to put up money for him to fight, a group in China. If those people come up with the money, then we would do the fight and televise it on ESPN. In other words do it on a Sunday morning, so that it went on Saturday night. That's what's really going on."
Pacquiao had expressed interest in facing Lucas Matthysse, who recently captured the WBA "regular" welterweight title by stopping Tewa Kiram in eight rounds at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
When asked if he would explore the Matthysse possibility, Arum answered"
"Till the Asians show me the money, what am I exploring? There's certainly nothing wrong with a Lucas Matthysse, he's a nice kid and he's a good fighter. But I'm not exploring anything until I see the money."
Steve Kim is news editor for BoxingScene.com