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Hearn in Talks With Manny Pacquiao, Wants Him For DAZN

Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom in talks to sign eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao after the 39-year-old left long-term promoter Bob Arum.

Pacquiao announced in July that he would become a free agent and Hearn, who steers the career of unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and numerous others, has moved to negotiate with the Filipino superstar.

Hearn would like to secure Pacquiao for his planned multi-year content deal with streaming service DAZN, which launches next month in the United States.

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And while Hearn has not committed to a deal, with the money involved and the suitability of the fights for the DAZN platform in the United States a concern, he acknowledges the temptation.

Hearn has several names under his banner which could be potential opponents for Pacquiao - like former world champion Amir Khan, who was scheduled to face Pacquiao in April 2017 - but their deal fell apart when the investors were unable to to provide proof of funds.

One of the sticking points in reaching a deal with Pacquiao, is the boxer's desire to fight overseas.

“I think Manny Pacquiao is a huge name,” he told Sporting News. “He’s undoubtedly towards the end of his career, but still a huge name. We’re talking with him.

“He wants an awful lot of money as you would expect Manny Pacquiao to want and the right fights have to be there. I think one of his main interests is to fight outside of the U.S. That doesn’t fit as well for us, away from DAZN.

"But there are fights – Amir Khan, Jessie Vargas, Kell Brook – that we could certainly put on. We’re talking with Manny Pacquiao. Whether it goes anywhere, we’ll see. But we’re certainly interested to continue those talks."

Pacquiao has a 60-7-2 record, but his last bout – a seventh-round knockout win over Lucas Matthysse in July –  was his first in over a year, and his first stoppage win since 2009.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by tokon on 08-15-2018

The problem with Jacobs v BJS was probably more down to Warren and Hearn not particularly wanting to do business with each other

Comment by Lemonhead_Jeff on 08-15-2018

[QUOTE=yammy25;19014625]He could never put him in with Saunders. Billy would overprice himself . It would always be voluntary meaning Saunders would have to be hugely overpaid to travel to America for the fight where it generates more revenue. If he…

Comment by KTFOKING on 08-13-2018

So I actually saw a few interviews of Hearn talking about Pacquiao and DAZN, but doesn't know if it will be possible due to how much Manny is demanding. Also, it is unclear if he will fight in the states…

Comment by sayf on 08-13-2018

[QUOTE=Manlikefemi;19012288]I heard Hearn saying during a Boxing Voice Interview on Wilder v Fury, saying "I have rights on Joshua" explicitly. He almost made it sound like a dog and his owner. I didn't like how he said it. Almost Arumish[/QUOTE]…

Comment by IMDAZED on 08-12-2018

[QUOTE=yammy25;19013988]Derevyanchenko was apparently ducked by golovkin in the minds of most on here when he fought vanes..and outside of Canelo , GGG and Saunders and charlo is apparently the only MW worth a damn Jacobs was coming off a loss…

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