LOS ANGELES – The camp of Manny Pacquiao admitted that a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the best fight out there but there are still plenty of mouthwatering options on the horizon.
Mike Koncz, Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser, said on Tuesday that a faceoff with American puncher Adrien Broner is interesting enough to make assuming a second meeting with Mayweather doesn’t fall into place for mid-2017.
“Hopefully Floyd thinks it (Pacquiao’s win over Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas) was good enough and if the fans want it, then we’ll do hopefully a rematch,” said Koncz.
“If not, then we have to wait and see. I would still like to do Broner because I think that’s a fight that would sell. Other than that, we don’t have any immediate plans.”
Pacquiao floored Vargas en route to a unanimous decision victory at the Thomas and Mack Center over the weekend.
Koncz had long batted for the 27-year-old Broner, who packs a 34-2 win-loss mark with 24 KOs.
Top Rank chief Bob Arum also has his own list that includes Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko.
But a clearer picture of what’s down the road for Pacquiao should be known towards the end of the year.
Mayweather was at ringside in Las Vegas and the boxing world could not help but wonder why the superstar showed up.
Although Mayweather didn’t say anything about his attendance, it was seen as a first step towards the target of making them fight again following the unappealing ending to their blockbuster May 2015 contest that drew a staggering 4.6 million PPV buys.
Arum is also drooling with excitement over the recent developments, telling TMZ Sports that Pacquiao has a lot better chance of winning if a rematch happens.
Pacquiao complained of a right shoulder injury the first time and vowed to do better if given the chance.