Pacquiao's Adviser Says Provodnikov Was Not in Running

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

WITH Juan Manuel Marquez making a ridiculous demand for a $20 million purse to face World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in a fifth fight and light welterweight champion Ruslan Providnikov losing his title by a split decision to Chris Algieri, the field of opponents for Pacquiao's scheduled return on Nov. 22 at the Cotai Arena in Macau has been severely restricted.

However, Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz told Standard: “The Russian was not even being considered, We will decide sometime next month.”

Multiple sources have told the BoxingScene/Manila Standard that Top Rank, trainer Freddie Roach and Pacquiao himself are looking at other possible opponents outside of Marquez.

Luis Sandoval of BoxingScene quoted Roach, who said that for Pacquiao’s next fight - “I’d like to fight Danny Garcia. I think that’d be a great fight for Pacquiao. I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen, but I think his next fight will be in China.”

Pacquiao could easily come down to 140 pounds to fight the undefeated Junior Welterweight champion Garcia, which would also provide an impetus to getting Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and Golden Promotions Oscar De La Hoya to work together once again. Arum said that fight could only happen if Garcia actually has a contract Golden Boy and is not simply a fighter being managed by Al Haymon.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by hillbilly on 06-17-2014

[QUOTE=Xi_;14670521]and i'm saying he didn't accept the ko/loss because they are the same thing in this situation. why do you think they're offering the fight to marquez? pac is the a side and if he had clearly beat marquez he…

Comment by big_james10 on 06-17-2014

Koncz is full of sh.t! Koncz loves to give the illusion that he has some say in who Pac fights and the purses given to the fighter. The truth is Koncz has about as much power as the average poster…

Comment by Supreme Being on 06-17-2014

Bob Arum: OK JMM, 20 mil with no PPV MONEY (Floyd voice):boxing:

Comment by Evol on 06-17-2014

[QUOTE=Xi_;14670789]ko=lost ko=/=win ko=/=draw he is not over it, which why he wants a rematch for the fifth time, he's never clearly beaten marquez and how can he be over the ko but not the lost when HE LOST BY GETTING…

Comment by Xi_ on 06-17-2014

[QUOTE=Evol;14670684]i never said a KO is not a lost u dumbass. u said the "KO" is still in his head and i said he's over it. that doesnt mean he doesnt want a rematch since he LOST that fight. just…

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