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Arum: Pacquiao, Crawford-Horn Double Would Be ESPN PPV

Earlier this week, Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum revealed to the Las Vegas Review Journal that he's trying to line up Manny Pacquiao's return to the same April event which is going feature Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KOs) challenging Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KOs) for the WBO welterweight title.

The two working dates, Arum told BoxingScene.com on Wednesday, are April 21 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and April 14 at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Pacquiao has been out of the ring since July of last year, when he traveled over to Brisbane, Australia and lost a twelve round unanimous decision to Horn.

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If Pacquiao is joined on as part of the same event as Crawford-Horn - Arum says the event would become an ESPN Pay-Per-View card.

And if Pacquiao moves to his own date, then Crawford-Horn would be televised on regular ESPN.

While Arum is not revealing the exact plan of action regarding which fight would headline the event - he makes it clear that Pacquiao is not an undercard fighter.

"Pacquiao don't fight on undercards. The ESPN guys know how to market and present events and they know how this will be handled," Arum said to ESPN.

"It won't be an undercard. It will be something very unique and when we do it, it will be appealing to everybody involved. [Crawford-Horn] is virtually done. It's not signed yet, but we hope it will be in the next week."

Among the items that Arum would have to work out is finding an opponent for Pacquiao and then finalizing the financial terms.

Arum wants to sit down with Pacquiao sooner than later and says the Filipino star is asking for a good opponent to prove that he's still a top fighter.

"[Pacquiao wants] a decent fight so he can demonstrate that he still has the ability to fight at the top level, and then we can do a big fight for him at the end of the year," Arum said. "I may have to get on a plane and go to the Philippines. Maybe this weekend."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Scipio2009 on 01-19-2018

[QUOTE=JcLazyX210;18419478]After seeing him get washed by Saunders. We all know Canelo will knock him out by the 5th round. I don't think the market is there if he's fighting in the USA. 750k seems high to me.[/QUOTE] Which is why…

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 01-19-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18418016]Not going to be a blockbuster, but with Alvarez's PPV audience being what it is, Lemieux still having value in Canada, and Lemieux happy to stand there and punch it out with you, 600k-750k PPV buys isn't unheard of. Decent…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 01-18-2018

[QUOTE=JcLazyX210;18417898]If they put canelo vs David Lemieu on ppv Oscar is back on the blow.[/QUOTE] Not going to be a blockbuster, but with Alvarez's PPV audience being what it is, Lemieux still having value in Canada, and Lemieux happy to…

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 01-18-2018

[QUOTE=robbyheartbaby;18417456]Lol people saying a card with Manny isn't PPV worthy, YEAH RIGHT HAHA! So many people are quick to forget, disgraceful. If Manny returns it's PPV and you will watch it.[/QUOTE] I barely watched pacman vs horn and that was…

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 01-18-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18417864]If he loses in May, the return fight is against David Lemieux in September anyway, a fight that'd still be on PPV at this point. By the time it comes around to set things for May 2019, Alvarez will survey…

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