MANILA – Undefeated Cuban boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa and former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero are not being considered as potential opponents of Filipino ring legend Manny Pacquiao, according to the Pacman’s promoter.
Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum has excluded both Gamboa and Guerrero from the list of possible opponents for Pacquiao, Ronnie Nathanielsz reported on Boxing Scene.
Pacquiao is set to fight on April 12 after resurrecting his boxing career with a unanimous decision victory over Brandon Rios last December.
Arum told Nathanielsz that Gamboa’s name “did not even come up” in the promoter’s discussions with Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz.
Guerrero, a former opponent of unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr., threw his name into the Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes earlier this year, but he was also dismissed.
Arum instead confirmed that there are only two potential opponents on the shortlist – unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr., and Russian brawler Ruslan Provodnikov.
Pacquiao has already revealed that he prefers to fight Bradley, who controversially beat him when they fought in June 2012.