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Manny Pacquiao Return Being Lined Up For Crawford-Horn Card

The return of eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) is being lined to return to the ring as part of the April 21 card, which is going to feature Terence Crawford challenging Jeff Horn for the WBO welterweight title.

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is looking to have the card take place on April 21 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. ESPN would televise both fights.

But the venue and location is up in the air, because NHL team the Golden Knights might need the venue for the NHL playoffs, which are scheduled to begin April 11. The Golden Knights lead the Pacific Division with 61 points.

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Top Rank is hoping to resolve the venue issue in the coming days.

“Unless they can get some clearance from the league, we can’t do it in Las Vegas because none of the other arenas are available and we would have to do it somewhere else,” Arum said to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

If they are unable to work out the particulars, the event could head to Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 14.

The fight would be Pacquiao's first appearance since losing his WBO world title in a big upset decision to Horn last July, before 51,000 at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

It's no secret that Pacquiao, 39 years old, would be the fall opponent for the Crawford vs. Horn winner.

The big question right now, and Arum has yet to work this out, is whether the main event will be Pacquiao or Crawford vs. Horn.

“We’re working on an opponent,” Arum said to the paper. “Don’t want to be too premature about that, but we’re working on it as we speak. Pacquiao seems like he wants to come back, so we’re trying to get that finalized.

“ESPN has a way to solve (the main event issue), so it will be very interesting when we announce it.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cheek busting on 01-17-2018

[QUOTE=bronx7;18413654]Ghost of manny is done but horn didn’t beat him was given a robbery to promote white hope and big rematch in Australia Crawford exposes great white hype[/QUOTE] Lol, the "great white hype/hope" era is DONE. long in the past.…

Comment by HURTFEELINGS on 01-17-2018

They already tried to feed him someone to "look good" against, a school teacher who wasnt a pro, five years prior.....HE FAILED:boxing: and he hasnt gotten any younger or better since :Thinkingo

Comment by Mike_R on 01-17-2018

I don't want to see Manny fight Crawford, or Lomachenko for that matter, or any big notable name you can brainstorm up for him tbh. Manny needs to retire. I don't need to see him get his brains knocked out…

Comment by chepboxingking on 01-17-2018

[QUOTE=fragilety;18412726]From what I just read there may be some truth to this.. I also tilt more towards Manny's bout will close the night if its Loma or even a nobody, article could have it slightly wrong.. Anyways I want Pac…

Comment by bronx7 on 01-17-2018

Ghost of manny is done but horn didn’t beat him was given a robbery to promote white hope and big rematch in Australia Crawford exposes great white hype

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