HomeLifestyleManny Pacquiao named 3 opponents he could fight this summer, and it shows he's finally moved on from a $250 million mega-match with Conor McGregor
Manny Pacquiao named 3 opponents he could fight this summer, and it shows he's finally moved on from a $250 million mega-match with Conor McGregor
Errol Spence Jr., Mikey Garcia, and Terence Crawford are being lined up to fight Manny Pacquiao this summer.
That is according to Pacquiao himself, who named three opponents in the running to fight him next, according to boxing magazine The Ring.
Crawford's promoter Bob Arum recently told Insider that Pacquiao's people do not want to fight his client.
Garcia, meanwhile, filmed a video message in his locker room after a recent win challenging Pacquiao to a showdown.
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Manny Pacquiao has named three opponents who are in the running to fight him this summer, and it shows he's finally moved on from the prospect of a match with Conor McGregor.
McGregor, a former two-weight UFC champion said at a press conference in the Pearl Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas earlier this year that he had held discussions with Pacquiao regarding a lucrative mega-fight in the summer, one which could generate $250 million.
McGregor has since been linked with MMA bouts against Justin Gaethje and Nate Diaz.
Pacquiao, though, is not short of options. The 41-year-old is the reigning WBA welterweight super champion, ranked as one of Insider's top 15 boxers in the world right now, and remains a box office attraction because of his age-defying fighting style.
According to The Ring magazine, Pacquiao has named three potential opponents he could fight next.
Mikey Garcia — represented by Matchroom Boxing USA, fighting on DAZN.
Errol Spence Jr. — represented by Premier Boxing Champions, fighting on Fox Sports.
Terence Crawford — represented by Top Rank, fighting on ESPN.
"There are boxers from Canada and Mexico that want to fight me," Pacquiao said, before naming the prominent, aforementioned trio.
"There are a lot of possible opponents — either Mikey Garcia, Errol Spence Jr., or Crawford."
All would provide strong challenges to Pacquiao's world title.
Garcia is a former four-weight world champion, Spence Jr. is an unbeaten American and on the cusp of commanding a status as a new Floyd Mayweather of the division, while Crawford is undefeated and has won titles in three weight classes.
Crawford's promoter, the Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum, recently told Insider that Pacquiao's people want no part in a fight with his client.
"Manny Pacquiao is a non-starter," Arum told us. "I even offered Manny the fight with Crawford and Manny's people said no."
Arum's comments appear to ring true as The Ring reports that Pacquiao was asked to narrow his options to two fighters. "Errol Spence and Garcia," he apparently said.
Garcia fought on March 1, defeating Jessie Vargas by decision in Frisco, Texas. Following the win, Garcia challenged Pacquiao to a welterweight fight in a video message filmed in his locker room.
Garcia's promoter, Eddie Hearn, had previously said that a Pacquiao fight could happen in Saudi Arabia this summer.
Pacquiao's record is 62 wins (39 KOs) against 7 losses (3 KOs) and 2 draws.