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Arum, Hearn battling to promote Pacquiao

By Nick Giongco

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum arrived in General Santos City on a private plane Friday morning to discuss the future with Manny Pac­quiao.

SURPRISE VISITOR: Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum deplanes at General Santos City airport yesterday morning. Arum is set to meet with Manny Pacquiao to discuss what’s down the road. (Photo by Bren Evangelio)

SURPRISE VISITOR: Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum deplanes at General Santos City airport yesterday morning. Arum is set to meet with Manny Pacquiao to discuss what’s down the road. (Photo by Bren Evangelio)

Though Arum had announced a few weeks ago that he was Manila-bound, his arrival came as a sur­prise for Pacquiao, who only got confirmation of the 86-year-old Top Rank chief’s visit Thursday night, according to Pacquiao’s Senate staffer Bren Evangelio, who met Arum at the airport.

Pacquiao is coming off a sensa­tional seventh-round stoppage of Argentine Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur and his smashing showing opened the eyes of Arum and other promoters that the Filipino south­paw remains a top attraction.

Arum has two potential foes for Pacquiao, who is targeting a ring return in early-December: Terence Crawford of the US and Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine.

Aside from Crawford and Lo­machenko, others on Pacquiao’s radar screen include Amir Khan of England, Keith Thurman of the US and American-born Puerto Rican Danny Garcia.

Arum’s arrival is timely since the UK media has reported that British promoter Eddie Hearn is holding talks to sign up Pacqui­ao to a promotional pact after Pacquiao’s contract with Arum’s outfit had already expired.

Hearn, who heads Match­room, told Sporting News that Pacquiao, who turns 40 on Dec. 17, “is a huge name.”

While admitting that Pacqui­ao’s days are numbered, Hearn swoons over the eight-division champion.

“He’s undoubtedly towards the end of his career, but still a huge name. We’re talking with him,” added Hearn.

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  • Rhey Nold

    why not fighting khan here in london, Wembley Arena is a good venue. haymon boys are also a good fights for you. is not only arum, just away from him for awhile