Pacquiao may fight Provodnikov next if Marquez declines

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at May 23 2014 04:12 PM | Updated as of May 24 2014 08:13 AM

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Top Rank CEO Bob Arum is delighted by the renewed contract of his most prized fighter Manny Pacquiao.

A month after the second Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight, Arum is back on the drawing board to plan the next possible fight for the Filipino fighting congressman.

“It’s a great relationship that we have with Manny, it's not only with Manny but it's his whole family. We really treasure that relationship and we work extraordinarily well together. Because of that, we'll continue to work together. I am very proud of Manny not only for his accomplishments on the ring but how he matured and how he's developed and what a great person he is,” said Arum.

Pacman's renewal of his contract with Top Rank promotions came amid the controversial lure from different boxing promoters.

Arum confirms that three boxing greats are on the line to choose from for Pacquiao's next possible opponent.

The fight will take place in Cotai Arena in Macau on November 8th of this year.

First on the line is Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez.

“Juan Manuel has not committed yet to the fight. I'll have the opportunity to speak with him maybe as soon as next week because I invited Juan Manuel and his wife to come to Macau so we have plenty of time to discuss it. Because if Manny's next fight is in Macau, it would be nice for Juan Manuel if he is gonna be the opponent to get himself adjusted to Macau,” said Arum.

The number two possible opponent is Russian Ruslan Provodnikov.

“Ruslan is fighting on June 14 on HBO, it will be shown in the Philippines. He is also a potential opponent,” added Arum.

The third possible opponent comes from the roster of the best welterweights in the Golden Boy promotions company .

“With what’s happening at Golden Boy, with Oscar retaking control of his company, from our standpoint, we love Oscar, we promoted him. And we talk with Oscar about reuniting and doing fights together, so we will see which of these welterweights--who have been fighting for Golden Boy or on the contract to Golden Boy--Oscar can produce,” said Arum.

“Once we learn that, we can review those fighters and they'll be in the mix. It could be Amir Khan...not Canelo [Alvarez], he is fighting in July. Canelo won’t be right but maybe sometime next year.”

Arum is scheduled to fly to Macau on Sunday for the Donaire- Vetyeka fight, a match which will be attended by Marquez.