TOP Rank chief Bob Arum has stricken reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) light-welterweight champion Adrian Broner from the list of possible Manny Pacquiao opponents on April 9.
In an interview with Steve Kim of Boxingscene.com, Arum said his promotion is sticking with the three initial candidates of Terrence Crawford, Tim Bradley, and Amir Khan for the Pacquiao sweepstakes.
Broner came into the picture after the 26-year-old American admitted being contacted by Pacquiao’s close confidante Michael Konz.
“We had a real nice meeting with Michael (Konz) and he understands. So we're going with the original group and we'll see where it goes from there,” said Arum.
The Top Rank chief admitted being surprised himself with the sudden inclusion of Broner into the mix, but stressed he didn’t take offense on Koncz’s move to directly contact the WBA champion.
“Mike is trying to figure out the best thing for Manny and he's not as conversant in the pay-per-view like we are … His idea was, ‘Well, the kid has a big mouth,’ but that doesn't sell pay-per-views,” said the veteran boxing promoter.
Arum added Pacquiao’s next opponent in what could be his farewell fight should become clearer over the next few days.
“We should have an answer in the next day or so based on what Michael said and then we go to work,” said Arum.
Pacquiao has set an April 9 comeback fight as he will be gunning for a Senate seat in next year’s national polls.