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Manny Pacquiao: I Will Fight In Malaysia In May Or June

Manny Pacquiao: I Will Fight In Malaysia In May Or June

"I'm the underdog in this fight but I'm used to it".

"It's a possibility (Ramirez would be) fighting Manny Pacquiao at 140 poounds in this next fight", Arum told The Bee.

"The Malaysia part is up in the air".

Pacquiao, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, previously said he was eyeing an April date with Ukraine's World Boxing Organization superfeatherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko during a break from his senatorial duties.

However, Arum added that until that happens he won't be "booking my flight to Malaysia".

Pacquiao told ABS-CBN television in an interview aired Tuesday that his camp had narrowed the choices down to World Boxing Association welterweight champion Matthysse, of Argentina, or the American former WBA super-welterweight and World Boxing Council welterweight champ Garcia, who was unbeaten until previous year.

"He's afraid whatever deal he makes with the IRS they'll seize all the money so he can't fight here", Arum said. But do I know whether the money will be put up? Golden Boy Promotions, who represent Matthyse, have said "it's very preliminary".

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Last year, Arum correctly cast doubt over Pacquiao's announcement that he would fight British boxer Amir Khan in the United Arab Emirates.

Pacquiao's camp says that the boxing legend (59-7-2, 38 knockouts) and Argentina's Mathysse (39-4-1, 36 knockouts) will clash in Kuala Lumpur on June 24.

Arum initially pushed for a bout between Pacquiao and Mike Alvarado under the April 14 card that will present Jeff Horn's title defense against Terence Crawford in the main feature.

Asked why he would fight in Malaysia, Pacquiao said "because those in Malaysia appealed to also have a fight there". Thats what I want to entertain the boxing fans.

Pacquiao trainer Restituto Fernandez also said he expects the Kuala Lumpur bout to be "a real brawl because Matthysse is an aggressive fighter".

Pacquiao, 39, is coming off lengthy layoff following his WBO title loss to Jeff Horn in Australia last July.

He retired briefly in 2016 but made a comeback to retake his WBO title from Jessie Vargas just months later - before losing his belt to Horn a year later.


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