By Edward Chaykovsky
There appears to be a difference of opinion when it comes to the location of Manny Pacquiao's next defense of the WBO welterweight title.
Pacquiao was in the ring back in November, when he won a twelve round decision over Jessie Vargas to capture the WBO belt at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
On Tuesday, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank will sit down with Dean Lonergan of Duco Events - as they attempt to finalize a fight between Pacquiao and undefeated welterweight contender Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) for April 23rd [April 22 in the United States]. If a deal is reached, the fight would happen at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz, spoke to the Manila Bulletin and said the Filipino superstar's next fight could happen elsewhere.
"While Bob Arum has the authority to negotiate for Manny Pacquiao, we are also looking at the possibility of bringing the fight to the United Arab Emirates,’’ Koncz said. “The bottom line is we are looking for the best financial package for Manny."
When questioned about Koncz's statements - Arum said his company is fully focused on Australia - at least for now - for Pacquiao's next ring appearance.
“Right now, we are only looking at Australia,’’ Arum said.
If a deal is reached with Duco, then Arum will fly to Manila to sit down with Pacquiao to work out the fine details.
Arum would like to have Pacquiao fight at least three times in 2017 - starting with Horn, but everything depends on the boxer's work schedule as a Senator in the Philippines.
“We’ll see if Manny can do three fights this year and that would depend on the senate schedule,” Arum said.