If boxing promoter Bob Arum will have his way, Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will be fighting around the world, according to a report on Wednesday, January 11.
“Let’s do a world tour like Ali [Muhammad Ali],” Arum said in an interview with BoxingScene.com.
Ali, described by sports pundits as the greatest boxer of all time, was an Olympic and World champion, according to his biography online.
He won the World Heavyweight Boxing championship three times, defending it nine times; the North Boxing Federation Championship; and an Olympic gold medal.
He travelled the world to fight, including the Philippines in 1974. Dubbed the “Thrilla in Manila”, Ali faced Joe Frazier whom he defeated.
Arum, chief executive officer of Top Rank Inc., said he has been getting offers for Pacquiao to fight in Australia, England, Middle East and Russia.
“What came up is this opportunity for Manny to fight in various places in the world,” said Arum.
Arum said Top Rank Inc. and Duco Events, promoter of Australian boxer Jeff Horn, are setting up a welterweight fight with Pacquiao on April 23 in Brisbane Australia.
“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,” Arum added.
Arum also said that he would want Pacquiao to have a fight in Russia by July, and then in England by September before the big fight with Terrence Crawford in the US.
Pacquiao, who won eight belts in different weight divisions, is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time. He has a record of 59 wins, 6 losses and 38 knockouts.
Pacquiao’s last fight was against American Jesse Vargas whom he defeated handily for the welterweight crown in November 5, 2016.
Arum said, however, that all these plans would depend on Pacquiao who is currently serving as senator.