Arum: 'Paquio will fight November 5th in Las Vegas'


Freddie Knuckles

Manny Pacquiao is on his way back to boxing. Promoter Bob Arum has told ESPN that Pacquiao will once again fight on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. No opponent or official network deal has yet been announced.

Pacquiao last fought on April 9, defeating Timothy Bradley in what was billed as Pacquiao's retirement fight, with the budding politician looking to focus on his work as a senator in the Philippines. Pacquiao will continue to serve in that role, however the Senate is on recess at that time, allowing him to fight.

Regarding a possible opponent, Arum mentioned three names: Terence Crawford, Viktor Postol, and Jessie Vargas. Crawford and Postol square off this Saturday night on HBO PPV - this certainly adds an interesting extra dimension to that fight. Arum also stated that he had been in contact with PBC promoter Al Haymon, and was open to Pacquiao working with a Haymon fighter. He reports that the two discussed a Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner fight, but that Broner "priced himself out of the fight." Arum is not interested in PBC fighters Keith Thurman or Danny Garcia as an option.