Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn might happen in Australia this July
Manny Pacquiao / Pic: Facebook @hijodepastor

Bob Arum is targeting the date in July for Manny Pacquiao to appear inside the boxing ring.

Great boxer out of Philippines Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) has recently had two fights that fell apart. The first one was the announced contest against Australian Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) on April 23 in Brisbane that didn’t go ahead. The second was the bout against British Amir Khan (31-4, 19KO’s) in UAE with a presumed date on May 20.

Nevertheless, Bob Arum is looking forward to see Pacquiao in the action in the near future. He has always been skeptical in regards to the Pacquiao vs Khan fight in the UAE. In addition he has also recently shared with Boxingscene.com that in his point of view the latter is not the first string to take on “Pacman”. The Top Rank promoter considers Adrien Broner and Terence Crawford capable of bringing more to the table when it comes to November.

“No, not really” is the answer Arum gave when asked if Pacquio vs Khan can still happen in November. “I think that there are other candidates that would probably do a lot better, particularly on US pay-per-view, like either Adrien Broner or Terence Crawford. Guys like that, who probably have more credibility at this point, in this country, than Amir Khan does.

Khan hasn’t fought since last May when he faced the knockout defeat in Round 6 against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Bronwer is a four-weight classes champion who has recently made a comeback with a win over Adrian Granados. Crawford is the WBC/WBO junior welterweight titles holder who will defending the belts in the following months.

Manny Pacquiao Next Fight

In regards to the next fight of Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum is aiming July. This depends on the schedule of the Senate in the Philippines where Pacquiao serves. If fighting in Australia, Jeff Horn is mentioned as a potential opponent.

“We are probably targeting sometime in July now, when the Philippine Senate will be once again in recess. If the fight is going to be in Australia, then it probably will be Jeff Horn. If it’s somewhere else, then it may not be.”

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Misagh Norouzi
Misagh Norouzi is a Muay Thai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is training and fighting under the patronage of a prominent Thai master Top Sangmorakot. Norouzi is an author and reporter at FIGHTMAG. He covers local and national news.

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