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Official: Manny Pacquiao won’t fight Mike Alvarado on April 14 in support of Horn-Crawford

Photo by Wendell Alinea / OSMP

Manny Pacquiao won’t be fighting on the Jeff Horn-Terence Crawford card eyed for April 14, in Las Vegas, according to Pacquiao’s media manager in the Philippine Senate, Aquiles Zonio.

Pacquiao had been rumored to fight Mike Alvarado but Aquiles told that fighting in a non-headlining role would be an “insult” to the eight-division champion.

“It’s confirmed: Senator Pacquiao will not be fighting on the undercard of the Crawford-Horn fight. It’s an insult to him!” Zonio said via text message.

Messages to Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz and Top Rank Vice President Carl Moretti were not returned by the time of this story’s publication.

Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 knockouts) hasn’t fought since losing a controversial decision to Horn last July in Brisbane, Australia, and it remains murky when he’ll fight again, and whom will be in his corner. The Los Angeles Times quoted Freddie Roach this past weekend, voicing his uncertainty about whether he would train Pacquiao for future fights.

“I usually leave him alone until I hear from him but I’ve called him five times and haven’t heard back. Maybe he changed his number,” said Roach, who has trained Pacquiao since his U.S. debut in 2001.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum had told RingTV last week that he would let Pacquiao pick between facing Vasyl Lomachenko and Crawford in the fall, if he could get a win in April.

Pacquiao has been focusing on his political career in the Philippines, where he served two terms as a representative for Sarangani province before being elected to the Senate in 2016.

Jerwin Ancajas, the IBF junior bantamweight titleholder, who Pacquiao co-promotes with Top Rank, has been told to stay ready, as his mandatory title defense against his Filipino compatriot Jonas Sultan could replace Pacquiao, Tempo’s Nick Giongco reported.

Ancajas, who stopped Israel Gonzalez in 10 rounds on February 3, is reportedly already in training at his “Survival Camp” compound in Magallanes, Cavite, Philippines.

MP Promotions matchmaker Sean Gibbons told, “That is correct” when asked if that was the current situation.

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  • Good for Manny. Atleast be your own boss.


      Manny should have dumped Arum many years ago.

      • sheikh352

        Many, many, many years ago.


    Pac, could you just please retire already so that judges can’t abuse you anymore? Fight a good guy one last time and pass the torch.

  • Chris Smith

    Good. Hopefully they do the right thing and put the card regular ESPN or at least put a better fight on than Pacquaio-Alvarado.

  • Uncle Sham

    Just retire already


    Barrera – Dude just retire
    Morales – Just retire amigo
    Marquez – Wtf?? he should go back to sleep

    • Wall-e Ramirez

      Pacquiao – where you been Marquez? You ran out of steroids? Heard you got sick after our fight?… Broke ass mexican…

      • OLATARD

        Still sour of the KO? well….

  • Stephen M

    I guess that they all become divas at the end.

    • dmac412

      it’s called principle. maybe you’ve heard of it.

      • Ten Count Toronto

        But it should go with the principle of putting in a full training camp if you’re going to demand to headline a PPV.

      • Stephen M

        Principle is excellent but should always coincide with reality.

  • Mauro Hermida

    Please retire.
    All Fans

    Actually I would be cool with you fighting one more time and getting put to sleep. Someone probably needs to just punch you into retirement.

    • Ramreiz Manuel

      Somebody call marquez !!!!

      • Wall-e Ramirez

        Marquez ran out of steroids. No way he comin back… Lmao

        • Cousin Strawberry ( Cheech)


  • ceylon mooney

    yes! ancajas-sultan and the winner on superfly 3. oh crap. its bob arum. that aint happening.

  • Fist_ti_cuffs

    The funny part is that Bob Arum thought that he would be able to sell that card. SMH!!

  • Robert Archambault

    Pacquaio should not be on ANYONE’S undercard. That being said, a fight against Lomachenko is an absolutely ridiculous and impossible idea. Loma could not come up to where Pac is currently fighting and Pac surely could not drop enough weight to fight in Loma’s division as it would leave him an empty shell and put his life at serious risk. I’d like to see Manny have one last fight against a worthy opponent to either retire in victory or pass the torch in a valiant but losing effort.

  • Rizalina Recalde

    Just retire please. I know he can still compete at world stage and is still among the top fighters, but sooner or later, he’d get eaten by young lions — it’s a young man’s game after all. That would be sad to see. But I guess it’s hard to let go of the money and fame (he probably missed this part in the Bible).

  • Ten Count Toronto

    Jeez I was hoping the reason for scrapping it because somebody realized that having Pacquiao fight the Alvarado of 2018 as the co-feature on a PPV was an insult to the consumer!

    This fight about 5 years past it’s sell-by date would be flattered even to co-feature a matiness at small Indian Reservation casino or indoor tennis center.

    Wonders if Jacobs will consent to be bumped down so that Pac–Alvarado can headline that pedestrian card instead?

  • Col Carter

    Good decision. That’s rare in boxing now a days.

  • John Paul Portes

    Pacman d greatest boxer of all time, if u cant focus full time to boxing maybe u Just have to retire becoz u cant beat d crap of anybody if ur too busy outside boxing

  • Cousin Strawberry ( Cheech)

    Manny being in the undercard is a insult BIGTIME! Hope Manny( the best fighter of this era imo) gives Bob the middle finger and retires from boxing.

  • Mike Foleri

    This is why at the end of the day Floyd is the G.O.A.T. where it matters most, the bank. The fact that Manny is basically begging for a fight on an undercard.

    • sheikh352

      As if! Manny is a bigger star than Crawford and Horn put together. They are the ones who would beg him to fight on their card, just to make it a PPV promotion. The fact that he said “NO” meant the card lost appeal as a PPV event – which was followed closely by the mysterious “hand injury” to Crawford, enabling Top Rank to postpone the fight without losing too much face. There is every chance that Manny’s next fight will take place in Malaysia, or Macau, which are much closer to home, do not require him to acclimatize for time differences and where he would face a far less brutal tax regime than in the US. Manny Pacquiao doesn’t eed ANY fighter, in order to appear at the top of a bill. He was doing so well before the Mayweather fight and has continued to do so in his fights since. Bringing up Mayweather’s name is utterly irrelevant to the discussion at hand. In fact, it’s absurd, since Floyd is not an active fighter any longer.

  • Floridastorm

    Would love to see Manny take on Crawford and defeat him. That would make my day.