Arum has agreement to stage Pacquiao vs. Horn April 22

Photo by: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Bob Arum has an agreement in place for Manny Pacquiao to defend his welterweight title against Jeff Horn on April 22, pending approval from Pacquiao, whom the 85-year-old promoter plans to visit in the Philippines next week to finalize the deal, Arum told on Tuesday night.

The bout is ticketed for overseas and could represent the first leg of an ambitious plan to stage a world tour in other locales for Pacquiao as he enters the twilight of his career. Arum hopes to put the bout in Australia, where Horn (16-0-1, 11 knockouts) is from at Suncorp Stadium, which seats up to 52,500. While the U.S. television is not yet set, Arum told earlier this month he wants to avoid putting the bout on pay-per-view. Pacquiao is a senator in the Philippines but will be in recess in April.

“We have an agreement with Horn but it’s all subject to Manny’s approval,” Arum said in a brief phone interview since he was busy having dinner with Horn’s promoter. “And it’s all subject to getting a site. So it’s still up in the air but it looks like it’s headed (with a bout with Horn).”

Arum worked out the parameters of a deal with Dean Lonergan of Duco Events, who handles the 28-year-old Horn, over the past couple days in Las Vegas. Arum is involved in promoting Horn as part of the deal he made for his heavyweight Andy Ruiz to face Joseph Parker on Dec. 10 in New Zealand.

Terence Crawford, a unified junior welterweight champion, was also briefly under consideration to face the 38-year-old Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs) before it became clear that Pacquiao’s side wanted to go in a different direction. Crawford will look to return in May, Arum said, with a possible fight against Pacquiao looming in late 2017. “Hopefully Manny is still around by the end of the year,” said Arum, “and Terence will get up to bat.”

  • ciobanu catalin

    So excited… Am i next?! 😀

    • Tito Piccolo

      I want to fight Manny too 🙁

      • Adam Jenkins

        For a couple hundred grand, sign me up

  • Sarrie

    Bruh, what the f*ck?!


      Horrible match up. #DoNotWant


      Where’s your compassion? Bob Arum is over 80 years old. He probably has dementia.

  • Roberto Carlos Guerra

    I guess this can be considered a other “stay busy” fight before the big one with Crawford in the fall.

    Otherwise, Manny should really hang up the gloves.

    • ciobanu catalin

      Who the hell is crawford we need more legends like this guy

    • Jorge

      The thing is every fight has been stay busy after Mayweather… it’s old already

      • Roberto Carlos Guerra

        Yeah. Seems like he’s just milking his name for some extra $$ while avoiding fights that involve too much risk. I used to be a huge fan. Not so much anymore.

        I wish he would just hang ’em up.

    • ceylon mooney

      arum likes a sure
      thing. he learned
      from rigondeaux. hell continue to keep manny away from crawford as long as manny can beat

    • RL Stecher

      Yes he should support his president who is taking an aggressive stance against murderous drug dealers selling highly addictive poison. Worked great for China.

  • Sidewinder

    Why not on PPV?

  • Stephen M

    Arum does his own thing.

  • Michel Desgrottes

    Wow, if this was….forget it, y’all let that side get away with murder, Jeff horn? Seriously, when kell brook and Eddie Hearn easily had a money bag for u in England? A burgeoning boxing scene with lots of cash that ggg just made money from, wow, someone sell this to me, I dare you

    • Charlie U.

      First of all, nobody lets Arum get away with anything. Clearly he does whatever the heck what he wants. Second, if you haven’t noticed, virtually everyone on these boards has criticized this fight. The vast majority of us see this as a cash grab for Arum/Pac and many of us saw the Vargas fight the same way.

      • Michel Desgrottes

        Not everyone

        • Charlie U.

          Then why don’t you specifically call out anyone who has a double standard rather than write, “y’all let that side get away with murder.”

    • Kudos

      Log off

      • Michel Desgrottes

        hop off


      That was a good rap verse brotha

    • RL Stecher

      Horn is ranked number 2 by WBO and the plan is for Manny to fight three more fights amd end his career versus Crawford. Not Berto.

      • Michel Desgrottes

        “make the best fight possible” that’s what y’all say for Canelo and ggg, but with Manny it’s ok for him to duck? Oh ok

  • PrinceGian

    If the fight takes place in Australia I will put money on Horn winning by KO.

  • IanF69

    According to Sky, Arum and Hearns have been in talks over fighting Brook….
    until they go through the ropes…who knows shit.

    • Kudos

      Wouldn’t listen to UK boxing ‘journalists’ especially Powell or that scruffy cunt Gareth Davies

  • wrecksracer

    Will this be the first Pac fight that I don’t even bother watching?

    • Adam Jenkins

      I’ll watch, especially since I don’t have to pay for it

  • PK

    What a joke of a fight. Arum doesn’t want it on PPV because it wouldn’t exceed 200,000 buys.

  • PK

    What a joke of a fight. Arum doesn’t want it on PPV because it wouldn’t exceed 200,000 buys.


    Where’s your compassion, people? Bob Arum is over 80 years old. He probably has dementia.

  • mark elding

    Pacquiao does not shove personal assertions down our throats that he is the greatest of all time. Providing such matches stay well clear of the Pay Per View formula, and he honours any legitimate championship obligations, then I’m perfectly fine with whomever he wishes to engage with for the remainder of his career.
    Sasakul, Ledwaba, Barrerra, Marquez, Morales, Larios, Hatton, Cotto, Bradley, Mayweather, just off the top of my head. Manny’s earned the right to pick and choose far more than any other active fighter in the world today.

    • Barley mcgrew

      So true. And yet strangely STILL not an ATG according to some – eight division champion that he is. Go figure.

  • Royal Flashy

    Pacman in talks with Brook. Much more like it.

  • Teddy Reynoso

    There’s a boxing world outside of America and there are talents plentiful elsewhere outside of America. For centuries, the early civilizations thought highly of themselves as the only ones and thus the center of human development until they fell into irrelevance, decadence and obscurity. America must learn this lesson in history talking of the already long ongoing trend in international pro boxing.

  • Teddy Reynoso

    There are more than 10 million Filipinos working and living abroad mostly in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and other countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. This segment of the PH population constitute a potential fan base for Manny and market for Top Rank to make any bout outside of the US viable as this group together with local fight fans in the host countries can fill any venue wherever or whenever our Pambansang Kamao fights. That I can tell you will happen in the Jeff Horn bout Down Under.

    • Jay

      I’m not going to call you a pactard, but how can you defend this? It’s sad to see him run from real competition.

  • AllAboutBoxing

    Freddie was just saying they didn’t want to fight nobody’s…Wtf is this…


    I hope Horn knock him out.. I still got him in the cage

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