Manny Pacquiao Next Fight: Bob Arum Addresses Speculation Over Amir Khan, Robert Guerrero

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
July 6, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Manny Pacquiao’s opponent for November 22 is still up in the air, but it could very well be Amir Khan.

Khan has been increasingly vocal about wanting to fight with “Pacman” as well as Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

A fight with the latter is out of the question for this year because Khan said Ramadan would prevent him from being ready to fight in September, prompting his focus on the potential bout with Pacquiao.

Now Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, says that he’ll “absolutely investigate” the possibility, but is confused by Khan’s actions.

“We, about a month ago, sent out feelers through somebody who’s connected with the Khans about whether he’d be interested in a Pacquiao fight. And we heard nothing positive in return,” Arum told Boxing Scene.

“So for the kid to now say, ‘Yeah, I’m ready to fight Pacquiao,’ etcetera, etcetera, etcetera – where does this come from?”

Arum said that his side asked for Khan’s contract, so they could verify that the fight could actually take place. “We can’t sign anything for him to fight Pacquiao until we look at his contracts,” Arum said. “For example, for all I know he might have a contract that says all his fights have to be on Showtime.”

“When we reached out to him a  month ago, we said, ‘We’re not interested in the amounts [specified in Khan’s contracts], but redact those numbers and send us the contract so we can see if we can even talk to you about a Pacquiao fight.’ And we got nothing in return.”

Arum previously said that there is a large pool of possible fighters to pit against Pacquiao. Juan Manuel Marquez, Chris Algieri, and Miguel Cotto have been named as possible opponents.

Now, according to the blog Doghouse Boxing, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero could be the opponent.

It claimed that a source close to team Pacquiao hinted that Guerrero could be the opponent for the upcoming bout.

“This fight is very intriguing as both fighters are southpaws,” it said.

“They both prefer to engage in slugfests, which would make for a very exciting fight.”

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.