Arum: Pacquiao-Matthysse Can Happen Later, But Not in April

According to Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, he's open to the idea of staging a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Argentinean puncher Lucas Matthysse - but not in coming future.

Last month, Matthysse secured an eight round TKO of Tewa Kiram at The Forum in Los Angeles. With that victory, he captured the 'regular' version of the WBA welterweight title.

Afterwards, Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) named Pacquiao as one of the top targets on his list of potential opponents this year.


When Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KO's) was approached about the idea of doing that fight - the eight division world champion was fully on board with making it happen.

“I want Matthysse,” Pacquiao told the Manila Bulletin during a break in his Senate duties.

“This is the fight that I like… a fight fans would also like to see. I can fight in April or even May."

However, Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum told that he doesn't see that fight happening.

He intends to match Pacquiao against former champion Mike Alvarado on April 14 as part of an ESPN Pay-Per-View from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Pacquiao has not fought since losing the WBO welterweight belt to Jeff Horn on July 1st at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

“I see he has talked about fighting Matthysse,” Arum said to “But that's not gonna happen.”

Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez stated to BoxingScene that his company wouldn't stand in the way of Matthysse heading over to ESPN, where Pacquiao is contractually bound, to do the fight.

Arum was recently asked about the statement that he made to BoxingScene regarding Matthysse - and he explained that the idea of doing that contest would be something that he's willing to explore in the future.

He says there wasn't enough time to get a deal done with Matthysse, because of certain deadlines for Pacquiao's planned ring return on April 14 in Las Vegas - as part of an ESPN pay-per-view card. Pacquiao is likely going to face Mike Alvarado, who is also promoted by Top Rank. 

"Well [it wasn't possible to do next], because nobody's ever talked to Matthysse, about whether he's ready [to even fight in April]. I think some writer asked [Pacquiao] if he'd want to fight, and he said yes. Would he fight Matthysse down the road? Why not? But we were up against a deadline in April, so at that point not having talked to the opponent, it was a non-starter," Arum explained during a Reddit chat.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MannyQuacioau on 02-20-2018

Rather see this instead of PAC/Alvarado! Why does Mile high Mike get a big paycheck? Lucas is the man!!!

Comment by chico malo loc on 02-20-2018

this fight aint happening ! arum & golden boy are full of shyt!!

Comment by Bigg Rigg on 02-20-2018

No lomachenko linares or pacquiao matthysse, instead we are gonna get loma beltran and pac alvarado...... Wow!! Smfh what a bunch of bullsh1t bro. NOBODY wants to see those fights but Bob himself. F#ck Top Rank and allthis in house…

Comment by DuckAdonis on 02-20-2018

Why not Bob you think alvarado is ppv worthy lmfao ?

Comment by The Big Dunn on 02-20-2018

[QUOTE=WesternChamp;18503100]so based on their last performance you dont believe it'll have much actions so why you begging for pac vs crawford? because you want to see crawford beat manny? yet you trashed pac vs lucas because pac will beat lucas?…

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