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REPORT: ARUM REACHES DEAL FOR PACQUIAO TO FIGHT HORN


JANUARY 11 -Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn
Manny Pacquiao will put his WBO welterweight championship on the line against Australian Jeff Horn. This after Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum confirmed to ESPN’s Dan Rafael that a deal has been reached with Horn’s promoter for a fight with Pacquiao. Arum and Duco Events, which represents the 28-year-old Horn, have reportedly agreed to stage the bout on April 22. The venue of the fight, however, has yet to be determined. READ MORE...

ALSO: Horn confident he can stop Pacquiao


JANUARY 10 -Jeff Horn is talking about Manny Pacquiao’s weaknesses inside the ring before his promoters could seal the deal for him to fight the future Hall of Famer on April 23 in Brisbane. The 28-year-old Horn, who had a decent amateur background before he turned pro, said what happened to Pacquiao against Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012 could happen again. “Manny Pacquiao’s weakness is that he does jump around a bit too much, even though that’s a strength as well, he’s hard to hit. When he does get hit and he goes the wrong way, he runs into it like he did with Marquez,” he told On the Ropes Boxing Radio. It’s when Pacquiao jumps into his opponent when he’s most vulnerable, according to Horn, undefeated in 17 fights (with a draw) since turning pro in 2013, following an unsuccessful stint in the 2012 London Olympics. READ MORE...

ALSO: Arum eyes 'world tour' for Pacquiao


JANUARY 11 -Manny Pacquiao and his longtime promoter Bob Arum  Manny Pacquiao may see himself fighting in different parts of the world this year. As far as Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum is concerned, Pacquiao will see action outside the United States in his next fight. The last time the Filipino icon fought on non-US soil was about three years ago, against Chris Algieri in Macau. Now, Arum sees Pacquiao embarking on a world tour.
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ALSO: Arum eyes reasonable purse for Pacquiao


JANUARY 14 -(L) Manny Pacquiao and (R) Bob Arum (L) Manny Pacquiao and (R) Bob Arum
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said yesterday that there is no truth to reports in the Australian media that Manny Pacquiao has been guaranteed a purse of $5-million for his April 23 fight with Jeff Horn. “That’s not true,” said Arum from his home base in Las Vegas, noting that it is him, and not the New Zealand promoters he partnered with, is the one in charge with providing Pacquiao’s paycheck. “That (Pacquiao’s purse) was not even talked about because that is my responsibility as his promoter,” said Arum. A trip to the Philippines by Arum to meet Pacquiao is on the table “as soon as I finalized all my documents,” the 85-year-old Arum said. READ MORE...

ALSO: COMMENTARY - Confusing signals from Arum


JANUARY 16 -BILL VELASCO Once again, Top Rank founder Bob Arum has managed to turn the sporting world on its head, announcing a demanding four-fight “farewell tour” for WBO welterweight champion Sen. Manny Pacquiao. In a surprising statement, Arum said the plans are to have Pacquiao fight at four different sites in four different countries between now and the end of the year. Of course, the idea itself is genius, allowing for excitement to build up, regardless of who the opponents are. But once again, statements from other parties concerned are confusing instead of corroborative. The schedule announced included a fight in April against undefeated contender Jeff Horn either in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia or the Middle East; one in Russia; another in a different part of Europe; and a world title clash with super lightweight champion Terence Crawford as the finalé in December. To be fair, it is possible, since Nonito Donaire, Jr. did it in 2012. That year, the Filipino Flash fought Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. in February, Jeffrey Mathebuka in July, Toshiaki Nishioka in October, and Jorge Arce in December, winning all four bouts. READ MORE...


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Report: Arum reaches deal for Pacquiao to fight Horn


Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn

MANILA, JANUARY 16, 2016 (PHILSTAR) January 11, 2017 - 10:52am =

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao will put his WBO welterweight championship on the line against Australian Jeff Horn.

This after Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum confirmed to ESPN’s Dan Rafael that a deal has been reached with Horn’s promoter for a fight with Pacquiao.

Arum and Duco Events, which represents the 28-year-old Horn, have reportedly agreed to stage the bout on April 22. The venue of the fight, however, has yet to be determined.

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Follow Dan Rafael ✔ @danrafaelespn BREAKING NEWS: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN that he has an agreement in place with Duco Events for Manny... http://es.pn/2j5UBce 9:19 PM - 10 Jan 2017 43 43 Retweets 55 55 likes “He (Arum) said the fight likely will take place in Australia or in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai or Abu Dhabi),” Rafael wrote in his ESPN report.

The fight will feature Pacquiao testing Horn (16-0-1, with KOs), who happens to be a qualified schoolteacher from Brisbane, Australia.

Arum, for his part, is keen on staging Pacquiao’s first fight of 2017 outside the United States. The veteran promoter previously said he is also planning to broadcast the Filipino icon’s next outing on free television rather than on pay-per-view.

Pacquiao is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas last November to regain the title. Horn, meanwhile, knocked out Ali Funeka in the sixth round of their 10-round fight last December 10 for the WBO Inter-Continental welterweight crown.

Horn is the No. 2 contender to Pacquiao’s title. - Dino Maragay


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Horn confident he can stop Pacquiao By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 11, 2017 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines – Jeff Horn is talking about Manny Pacquiao’s weaknesses inside the ring before his promoters could seal the deal for him to fight the future Hall of Famer on April 23 in Brisbane.

The 28-year-old Horn, who had a decent amateur background before he turned pro, said what happened to Pacquiao against Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012 could happen again.

“Manny Pacquiao’s weakness is that he does jump around a bit too much, even though that’s a strength as well, he’s hard to hit. When he does get hit and he goes the wrong way, he runs into it like he did with Marquez,” he told On the Ropes Boxing Radio.

It’s when Pacquiao jumps into his opponent when he’s most vulnerable, according to Horn, undefeated in 17 fights (with a draw) since turning pro in 2013, following an unsuccessful stint in the 2012 London Olympics.

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Horn, a schoolteacher, said he idolized Pacquiao and watched the latter’s fights as he fought as an amateur. But he said if and when he gets the chance, he might find the way to stop the 38-year-old senator.

The way Marquez did.

“I’m hoping to be able to time him well and make him run into one of my punches which would double the power and hopefully put a stop to Pacquiao,” he said.

“I’ve fought all over the world and I’ve had a lot of fights against some top fighters. I think I’ve got the skills. I see myself beating Pacquiao and I think I definitely got the power. If I land on Pacquiao especially when he’s coming forward into me, I could hurt him,” Horn told On the Ropes.

Arum is sitting down with Horn’s handlers from Duco Events in Las Vegas today, each one of them hoping to reach a deal that would bring Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion, Down Under.

If it happens, it’s Pacquiao’s first fight outside the United States and Macau the past decade.

Pacquiao is looking at two fights this year or three if he gets lucky, and according to Arum any of these fights could take place in places Pacquiao had never seen before, like Russia.

But for the meantime, Arum is looking at Brisbane, at the massive Suncorp Stadium, as Pacquiao’s next stop.

Waiting for the results of the meeting between Arum and Duco Events people should keep Horn up all night.

“We won’t know for sure until Tuesday or Wednesday Australian time. My promoter is going over there to try to seal the deal with them at the moment,” he said.


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Arum eyes 'world tour' for Pacquiao By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated January 11, 2017 - 12:24pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao and his longtime promoter Bob Arum

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao may see himself fighting in different parts of the world this year.

As far as Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum is concerned, Pacquiao will see action outside the United States in his next fight.

The last time the Filipino icon fought on non-US soil was about three years ago, against Chris Algieri in Macau.

Now, Arum sees Pacquiao embarking on a world tour.

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“What came up is this opportunity for Manny to fight in various places in the world,” Arum told Keith Idec of BoxingScene.com.

Australia is likely a first stop for Pacquiao, who will reportedly take on Brisbane-based Jeff Horn on April 22.

“Australia, England, the Mideast and Russia, even. I’ve been getting offers. So then I talked to Manny and we decided, ‘Let’s do a world tour like [Muhammad] Ali.’ And as long as he’s performing OK, every couple months we’d fight in a different place. And that was very appealing [to Pacquiao],” Arum continued.

The veteran promoter said various parties from around the world want a piece of Pacquiao, who, at 38 years old and despite being on the tail-end of his career, still remains a recognizable name.

And Arum wants to capitalize on that until the very end.

“We have a letter from Russia, wanting Pacquiao to fight some guy who’s pretty good in Russia. Eddie Hearn has called me about fighting Kell Brook in England. And we have all these Mid-Eastern people sniffing around,” he added.

Arum also said that if he would have his way, he’ll have Pacquiao fighting again in July and September – both outside the US too – before closing the year out with a showdown against Terence Crawford in the US.

But with Pacquiao a sitting Philippine senator, Arum’s wish might be far-fetched.


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Arum eyes reasonable purse for Pacquiao 13 SHARES Share it! Published January 13, 2017, 12:06 AM by Nick Giongco


(L) Manny Pacquiao and (R) Bob Arum (L) Manny Pacquiao and (R) Bob Arum

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said yesterday that there is no truth to reports in the Australian media that Manny Pacquiao has been guaranteed a purse of $5-million for his April 23 fight with Jeff Horn.

“That’s not true,” said Arum from his home base in Las Vegas, noting that it is him, and not the New Zealand promoters he partnered with, is the one in charge with providing Pacquiao’s paycheck.

“That (Pacquiao’s purse) was not even talked about because that is my responsibility as his promoter,” said Arum.

A trip to the Philippines by Arum to meet Pacquiao is on the table “as soon as I finalized all my documents,” the 85-year-old Arum said.

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The coming days will be crucial as Duco Promotions, the Auckland-based outfit that Arum forged an agreement with, is set to confer with the state governments of Queensland (Brisbane), New South Wales (Sydney), Victoria (Melbourne) and South Australia (Adelaide).

Even the Middle East with the United Arab Emirates is in play to serve as host of the Pacquiao-Horn world welterweight title fight if it presents a better financial package.

Arum points out that what he expects Pacquiao will get will be “reasonable” given that he won’t be showcasing his stuff the way he’s gotten used to over the years.

Horn’s camp is determined to stage the fight on home soil with Brisbane’s 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium as site while his handlers are short of pleading on bended knees that the state government should step in.

“It’s a travesty (if the fight lands outside Australia),” said Horn’s manager Glenn Rushton during a press conference held in Brisbane just a few hours after Arum brokered a deal with Duco Promotions.

Horn is an unbeaten former schoolteacher who has a 16-1 win-loss-draw record with 11 KOs.

A complete mystery outside Australia and New Zealand, the 28-year-old Horn promises to rise to the occasion and score the biggest win in Australian fight history once he gets in the ring with the Filipino eight-division champion.

Pacquiao, 38, has a 59-6-2 slate with 39 KOs and is coming off a resounding victory over Jessie Vergas in Las Vegas.

Mike Koncz, Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser, was aghast upon learning about the $5-million that was announced in the Brisbane press conference attended by Horn and his handlers.

Said Koncz: “Manny even asked me if I agreed to that and I told him, ‘of course not. You know me better than that.’”

Pacquiao just arrived from a business trip to the Cayman Islands and went to General Santos City to be with wife Jinkee, who is celebrating her birthday.

If successful, Arum wants to go on a world tour with Pacquiao in 2017 with stops in Russia and England on the table.


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Confusing signals THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 16, 2017 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


JANUARY 16 -BILL VELASCO

Once again, Top Rank founder Bob Arum has managed to turn the sporting world on its head, announcing a demanding four-fight “farewell tour” for WBO welterweight champion Sen. Manny Pacquiao.

In a surprising statement, Arum said the plans are to have Pacquiao fight at four different sites in four different countries between now and the end of the year. Of course, the idea itself is genius, allowing for excitement to build up, regardless of who the opponents are. But once again, statements from other parties concerned are confusing instead of corroborative.

The schedule announced included a fight in April against undefeated contender Jeff Horn either in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia or the Middle East; one in Russia; another in a different part of Europe; and a world title clash with super lightweight champion Terence Crawford as the finalé in December.

To be fair, it is possible, since Nonito Donaire, Jr. did it in 2012. That year, the Filipino Flash fought Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. in February, Jeffrey Mathebuka in July, Toshiaki Nishioka in October, and Jorge Arce in December, winning all four bouts.

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But there are other considerations for Pacquiao.

Firstly, his duties as an elected legislator take precedence, as he proved by taking a significantly lower paycheck for his fight against Jessie Vargas last November. It is highly doubtful that the Upper Chamber’s schedule will allow for four major breaks this year. Secondly, there are still no venues or opponents, and their availability would influence fight dates. Thirdly, you have to account for recovery time and possible injury. Besides, as Freddie Roach always stresses, Pacquiao likes having a full plate, so he will also be doing other things, for certain.

Meanwhile, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo was quoted as saying Pacquiao has asked her department for P3 billion in sponsorship for a fight in the Philippines in November. Displaying some sports savvy, she replied that it would be possible only if the opponent were either Floyd Mayweather, Jr. or Juan Manuel Marquez.

Teo also mentioned Cebu as a possible venue, though there aren’t any indoor facilities there big enough as of yet. Interestingly enough, a November schedule would wash out the planned October and December fights announced by Top Rank. A huge fight in his own country as part of his farewell would be a tremendous expression of gratitude to Filipino fans. Pacquiao has not fought in the Philippines since beating Oscar Larios at the Araneta Coliseum in July of 2006.

MAYWEATHER

In an interview with this writer, Floyd Mayweather’s uncle and trainer Jeff Mayweather said that, as far as he’s concerned, Floyd is retired and has nothing more to prove in boxing. In another interview, Pacquiao’s trainer Roach says that if Pacquiao fights Mayweather one more time, that should be it, and he should enjoy the next part of his life. With Mayweather, there’s no telling what will happen.

After sitting at ringside for the Pacquiao-Vargas bout and meeting with Pacquiao at the Wynn hotel afterwards, there have been no conclusive indications that the two will ever fight again.

In scheduling an interview with Juan Manuel Marquez, this writer has gathered that they are taking the more practical approach. Marquez, who is listed as 43 years old, is supposedly avoiding another skirmish with Pacquiao. Publicly, his camp is claiming that they have established him to be the better fighter, and that the 2012 knockout win in their fourth fight against the Filipino champion proved that beyond any doubt.

But privately, they would prefer to make the same money by taking three easy fights, rather than risk the physical punishment of one more Pacquiao fight. It makes sense for Marquez to go down in history that way, unless there is a dollar figure big enough to change his mind. Other than that, one other difference would be having to fight in the Philippines in the morning to hit the lucrative pay-per-view market in the United States.

Given all of these factors, it is unlikely that the fight in the Philippines will push through, although Filipino spectators would want to see it happen. It would also be a big boost for Pacquiao politically, as he seems serious in making a run at the presidency in 2022. If there is a glimmer of hope, it would more likely be against Marquez, who has not yet categorically said he will never fight Pacquiao again, unlike the more unpredictable Mayweather, who may stay retired regardless of long-held public belief that he wanted to break Rocky Marciano’s untainted record. Both Mayweather and Marciano have career records of 49 wins and no draws or defeats.

All this also means it will be unlikely that four fights will happen this year. There is just too much going on for Pacquiao, and he wants to get everything right when he steps into the ring.

Preparation is more important at this stage of his career, so he will want more time for each fight. What will likely happen is that he will fight thrice this year, leaving the window open for either Marquez or Mayweather in 2018, with Crawford as his back-up last fight. And if by some answered prayer Mayweather and/or Marquez sign on the dotted line, he may fight Crawford earlier, as an aperitif.

Whatever happens, there is no way Filipino fight fans can lose.


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