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Arum: Pacquiao to Pick Final Opponent by Friday

Manny Pacquiao
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It seems as though the wait for the announcement of Manny Pacquiao’s next and final opponent will be announced very, very soon.

According to Pacquiao’s promoter and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, the Filipino fighter will reveal who he’ll be standing across in the next coming days.

“He’s absolutely positive we’ll have an answer by Friday,” Arum told Dan Rafael of ESPN.

Arum has mostly been out of the loop, he told ESPN, previously saying he purposely kept himself out of the dicussion because “at this point it doesn’t matter who Manny picks.”

According to Arum, Pacquiao has a short-list of potential opponents he’d like to face, including Terence Crawford, Timothy Bradley and Amir Khan. Though, Khan is the least desirable opponent in Arum’s eyes, considering the other two fighters are represented by Top Rank.

Pacquiao is currently scheduled to make his return to the boxing ring come April 9; it’ll be his first fight since losing a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather earlier this year. “Pac-Man” reportedly suffered an injury to his shoulder in preparation for Mayweather — an ailment he had surgically repaired in the months after his first loss since a 2012 KO to longtime rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

As mentioned, the April 9 matchup is expected to be Pacquiao’s 65th and final bout, as he looks ahead toward a potential six-year term with the Filipino senate. Starting his professional career more than two decades ago, Pacquiao has gone 57-6-2, with notable career victories over Marquez, Bradley, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya.

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