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Bob Arum Excited Over The Possibility Of Pacquiao-Horn

Manny Pacquiao fighting in Australia? Bob Arum says he is excited about that possibility.

The Top Rank boss told the Sunday Mail that a fight between FIlipino ring legend Manny Pacquiao and Australia's 'Fighting School Teacher' Jeff Horn would be great for the sport of boxing:

“We are very excited about this fight. Jeff Horn is the kind of young man who really enhances any sport. He’s well spoken, looks good, comes from a good family and being a former schoolteacher is a well-educated young man. He’s a real asset to the sport and a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn is something that is great for boxing."

Jeff Horn has suddenly become the frontrunner to land a fight with Manny Pacquiao after American Terence Crawford reportedly priced himself out of the picture. Crawford allegedly asked for $7M to fight the Filipino fighting senator and Arum was said to have told Pacman's trainer Freddie Roach recently that Pac-Bud was dead. Since then, the name of Horn and Ricky Burns have floated as Pacquiao's next foe. But the rumored bout with Horn has been the one that's gotten a lot of steam lately.

The 28 year old former Brisbane school teacher and 2012 Olympian is unbeaten in 17 fights. Arum was on hand to watch him knock out Ali Funeka last December and the Top Rank boss was so impressed that he signed a deal to co-promote him. A month later, Arum is now more than willing to match Horn with his crown jewel. And he says that Pacman has given him the thumbs up. Said Arum:

“Manny thinks Jeff is a very live fighter — in the sense he’s a come-ahead guy and he says it will be a tremendous fight and a good challenge for him. Manny is on board for this fight.’’

The 85 year old promoter also says that unlike the Crawford bout which was targeted for PPV, this one will likely be aired for free in the United States for future reasons:

"Manny is not a normal fighter — he is a senator from the Philippines and he aspires to one day be president of his country. There are millions of Filipinos in the United States and we want to give them the opportunity of seeing this fight with Jeff Horn on free television there."

WIth free TV though, Pacquiao won't be getting the $20M he demanded for fighting Crawford. Arum acknowledges that but still hinted that they will still be asking a 'Manny Pacquiao' price from the Aussies:

“This is a different ball game and Dean Lonergan knows the figure we want,. The Crawford fight was a pay per view scenario but we are planning this as a free-to-air fight in America, so it will not be $20 million."

Arum is scheduled to meet with Horn's team next week with the hopes of going deep in the negotiations and finalizing the bout. Brisbane has already reserved the Suncorp stadium for April 23 and with other key venues like Sydney and Melbourne also willing to put up the Pacquiao bounty to hold what could be the biggest boxing event in Australia, who knows what happens next. As for Horn being good enough to challenge or beat Pacquiao though, that's another story.