Top Rank Boxing CEO Bob Arum denied any rumours of friction between himself and eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao with regards to fighting on an upcoming card headlined by Terence Crawford and Jeff Horn.
Initial reports said that Pacquiao was set to fight former WBO junior welterweight champion Mike Alvarado in the co-main event.
Last week, news came out that Pacquiao had rejected to fight Alvarado after ‘being insulted’ at not being given a main event slot.
In an interview with Steve Kim of BoxingScene.com, Arum confirmed that Pacquiao won’t be on the April 14 card, but not because of any ‘friction’.
"Manny Pacquiao is not on that show,” said Arum. “It's not that he's fighting Mike Alvarado, it has nothing to do with him potentially being on the undercard. That had never been discussed with Manny. There are good reasons why he is not fighting on April 14th and because they were told to me in confidence I'm not going to discuss it."
“There's no friction between Manny and myself and there's no, 'I wanted to fight this guy, not that guy...' there was none of that. There's a reason he isn't on April 14th and I'll just leave it at that." Arum added.
As for Manny’s next move, the long-time Pacquiao promoter revealed that there are a couple of groups from Asia in negotiations.
“"He has a group in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia looking to put up money for him to fight, a group in China. If those people come up with the money, then we would do the fight and televise it on ESPN.”
The April 14 card at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas features a WBO World Welterweight title bout between defending champion Horn and former junior welterweight king Crawford, as well as a WBO Super Bantamweight title bout between Jessie Magdaleno and Julius Indongo.
H/T: Steve Kim, BoxingScene.com