By Mark Vester
According to Eric Pineda, Manny Pacquiao's business manager, undefeated WBA junior middleweight champiuon Yuri Foreman is still a strong possibility for them. After the proposed Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight fell apart over a random drug testing dispute, Top Rank's Bob Arum reached out to promoter Lou DiBella to obtain Paulie Malignaggi for the March 13 date.
Pineda told The Philippine Star that besides Malignaggi, Foreman was still a stonrg possibility and Pacquiao had previously agreed to fight Foreman in March before the Mayweather fight came up.
"He has agreed to fight Yuri. But all these were swept aside when the Mayweather fight came up like it was a sure thing,” Pineda said.
Several weeks ago Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach was very interested in a Pacquiao-Foreman fight.
“We want to fight in March and we don’t really want to wait. (If) Mayweather doesn’t want to fight in March, we might fight for the 154 pound title and move up for that eighth world title. I’m thinking about that still and it’s something that I’m kicking around in my head right now. Yuri Foreman might be the opponent. It is a possibility,” Roach said.
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