Pacquiao’s next foe?

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


GOLDEN Boy Promotions and Top Rank Inc. have been on a long promotional cold war with each other, refusing to work together in promoting boxing events. But that may change as Oscar De La Hoya and Bob Arum are working with each other for a possible fight between Manny Pacquiao and Saul Alvarez.

“Anything’s possible,” Golden Boy Promotions president De La Hoya said told the LA Times. “That’s one of the reasons I was extending the olive branch. The fans want to see these kinds of fights.”

The 35-year-old Pacquiao is off a convincing unanimous decision victory over Timothy Bradley last April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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After just recently getting out of the rehab, De La Hoya wants to make the biggest fights possible out there, including working with his former promoter and rival boxing promoter Arum.

“If anyone with Golden Boy has any differences with Bob, it’s on them,” De La Hoya said. “I have nothing against Bob and I feel making fights with Bob is beneficial to the fans and the market.”

No cold war

Pacquiao is the biggest star in Arum’s Top Rank outfit, while Alvarez is also one of the most profitable names in the Golden Boy roster.

“I’d be happy to talk to Oscar about any subject in boxing he wishes to talk to me about,” said Arum. “All this baloney about a cold war has never really applied to Oscar and myself. We can talk about any subject in boxing rationally. We might disagree on a particular point, but we can talk. I hope we’ll get together and have some significant meetings in the near future.”

Alvarez is seeing action on July 12 against Erislandy Lara at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao, on the other hand, wants to fight one more this year and with a dream match against pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. still just a thought, Alvarez could be a huge possibility as a foe for Pacquiao.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 24, 2014.

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