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Arum on Pacquiao's Options: Crawford, Garcia, Thurman, Loma

By Rick Reeno

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas - Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, who promotes WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38KOs), has no shortage of options for the fighting senator.

Pacquiao returned to the ring on Saturday night and captured WBO title with a dominating twelve round unanimous decision over Jessie Vargas.

An important figure was sitting at ringside and taking in the action - Floyd Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26KOs).  Last May, Mayweather won a twelve round decision over Pacquiao. The Filipino star, and his trainer Freddie Roach, have been hunting for a rematch ever since. 

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But Arum is not even thinking about Mayweather, who retired from the sport last September. Retired or not, a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao rematch - for better or for worse - is the most lucrative fight in boxing.

"As far as we're concerned Mayweather is retired," Arum said. "[Why did Mayweather show up?] - that's a question that you should ask Mayweather, not me."

Outside of a Mayweather rematch, Arum has several potential options in mind - including WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford, WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman and WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia.

Crawford is back on December 10th, when he defends his titles against John Molina in Omaha. Lomachenko is set to defend his title against Nicholas Walters on November 26th in Las Vegas. Arum would like to make Pacquiao-Lomachenko at a catch-weight of 135 or 140. Garcia and Thurman are penciled in to unify their titles on March 4th.

"Off the cuff, without really exploring all options - I would say Terence Crawford, who has a tough fight coming up on December 10th on HBO.... Vasyl Lomachenko, who has a tough fight coming up right here at the Cosmo on November 26th - which will also be televised on HBO. And maybe depending on the timing, Danny Garcia or Thurman could be possibilities. All of those guys would be in the mix," Arum said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by spenz on 11-06-2016

Agreed. Arum is contemplating between whether it should be crawford or lomachenko, he figured lomachenko is the lesser risk for his company because really its a win-win situation for loma, even if he lose, people would just say he's too…

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 11-06-2016

Well we know it will be an inhouse top rank fight,, so forget about it being thurman or garcia.. Crawford or lomachenko will get the fight.. Just depends on what happens in their upcoming fights. If both win, I expect…

Comment by HandsofIron on 11-06-2016

[QUOTE=O.K.! 2.0;17176720]I think Manny/Crawford is the [B]best fight to be made at 147[/B]. Garcia needs to show he a can beat 2 or 3 top guys at 147. The winner of Thurman/Garcia needs to face Brook. I think Bradley/Porter would…

Comment by spenz on 11-06-2016

Ain't no way crawford vs pacquiao not going to happen. Crawford is top rank guy and he will get the fight. So to those anticipating it, hold on tight it's gonna happen 101%.

Comment by Caught Square on 11-06-2016

[QUOTE=O.K.! 2.0;17176739]WTF does that have to do with anything? I guess Arum is the reason Canelo/GGG is not happening! Maybe Arum is the reason Haymon top fighters refuse to fight each other! Give the man his credit! This year he…

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