Tuesday, April 24, 2018  |


Manny Pacquiao’s return bout could come against Mike Alvarado in spring

Photo by Alecs Ongcal


Manny Pacquiao is reeling from another loss, even if the result was highly controversial, and he’s plotting another comeback.

The former eight-division world champion won’t be facing a top-10 fighter as he looks to re-establish himself at age 39 following the defeat to Jeff Horn. And it looks like Pacquiao’s opponent is already lined up.

Sources told RingTV.com that Mike Alvarado is the front-runner to land the assignment, and when Bob Arum was asked if the action fighter is indeed the foe, he didn’t deny it.

“Yeah, [Alvarado] is a possibility,” Arum told RingTV.com. “I’ve spoken to Manny and we’re working on getting him back in the ring in the spring.”

Alvarado (38-4, 26 knockouts) has resembled a shot fighter. The 37-year-old struggled with journeyman Sidney Siqueira in August before scoring a spectacular knockout, and Alvarado doesn’t own a notable since out outlasted Brandon Rios in the rematch of their trilogy.

The Denver native was stopped by Ruslan Provodnikov in a brutal war after the win over Rios, and that was just the first of three consecutive, lopsided losses.

Juan Manuel Marquez dropped Alvarado and outpointed him. And then Rios needed just four rounds to take him out.

So if the goal is for Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) to win and do so going away, Alvarado seems like the perfect foil.

Terence Crawford is gearing up for his welterweight debut against Jeff Horn on April 14 at Madison Square Garden, and there’s talk the fight could appear on pay-per-view with Pacquiao-Alvarado in the co-main.

However it pans out, Pacquiao will be back soon, ready for one more run in his legendary career.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • wrecksracer

    I’ll pass. Honestly……just retire

  • Fist_ti_cuffs



    WTF?! OK that’s it I’m going to officially stop watching Manny’s fights! This part-time boxing thing is ridiculous.

  • Jamil Salvo

    One thing that keeps this guy on fighting is money. Please retire!


    He’s out of his mind. Look at Floyd – bargaining his girls collection

  • Gian Torres


  • Black Oracle

    Well, I don’t think Manny should end his career with a loss to Jeff Horn, so its whatever.

  • Teddy Reynoso

    The only thing that makes the Crawford-Horn fight palatable is the WBO title that is at stake. Arum should not spoil the main dish by serving a tasteless aperitif as Alvarado-Pacquiao. I don’t believe that Manny is already stale but Alvarado is definitely well passed his consume before expiry date.

  • Bar Kokhba

    Alvarado? Seriously? The man is shot…this smacks of cruelty. Pacquiao may not be what he was, but he’s still an elite, world-class fighter. I’m a big fan of Mike, but he’s broken and needs to retire. Very disappointed that Manny and his team are even considering this fight.