Bob Arum has reportedly told Dan Rafael of ESPN that Manny Pacquiao will announce his next and final opponent at the Nonito Donaire vs. Cesar Juarez card this Friday.
Arum told me Manny's foe will be announced Fri on truTV's #boxing telecast. That seems to mean it's Bradley (a boadcaster on tru cards).
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) December 7, 2015
Two Top Rank fighters, Tim Bradley and Terence Crawford, both of whom are in the running for the fight will be in attendance at the card.
This makes it seem almost certain that Pacquiao will face off against one of the two Top Rank fighters rather than the likes of Amir Khan.
Rumours of Bradley III have already spread across the Twittersphere this week and boxing fans were not impressed at all. In fact, a lot of pundits were also extremely critical of the choice.
Crawford remains a popular choice among fans who yearn for a new star but the question remains has Crawford done enough to warrant such a fight?
Perhaps the most popular choice overall – one that both hardcore and casual fans are calling for – is Pacquiao vs. Khan.
Both Bradley and Crawford will be tough sells and it’s hard to imagine any scenario where either of those fights will do over 500k PPV buys.
A third Bradley matchup has no selling point and would probably end up being more about Teddy Atlas and Freddy Roach than the two boxers. It’s just not something people want to see.
Crawford vs. Pacquiao would be seen as “the passing of the torch”. However, Crawford isn’t known to anyone outside his hometown with the exception of diehard boxing fans. Such a fight is perhaps a year or two early for Crawford.
Khan on the other hand has a much bigger pull with audiences from the US, UK, Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. In terms of PPV a Pacquiao vs. Khan fight could well top 1 million buys.
Regardless of who is named as Pacquiao’s opponent on Friday let’s just hope the fight will be one to remember.