Manny Pacquiao urged NOT to go up two weight divisions to take a ‘very dangerous’ super-fight against Gennady Golovkin by his former promoter Bob Arum: ‘He’s barely a welterweight… it would be silly of him’
- Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said he could fight Gennady Golovkin
- Promoter Bob Arum said that fight would be ‘very dangerous’ for Pacquiao
- The 41-year-old would have to jump up two weight divisions to fight Golovkin
- Arum said he is planning to stage Pacquiao vs Terrence Crawford in Middle East
Manny Pacquiao has been urged not to consider a ‘very dangerous’ fight with middleweight knockout artist Gennady Golovkin by Bob Arum,
The WBA welterweight champion’s trainer Freddie Roach set tongues wagging last week when he mentioned Golovkin as a possible future opponent for Pacquaio despite operating in a division two weights above him.
Arum, who is Pacquiao’s long-time former promoter, believes it would be a huge mistake for the eight-world champion to take on the considerably bigger Golovkin.
Manny Pacquiao has been warned not to go two weigh divisions to fight Gennady Golovkin
‘It’s a stupid fight,’ he told Sportsmail. ‘I know Golovkin appears to be over the hill, but it’s a fight that could be very dangerous for Pacquiao.
‘He isn’t even a welterweight really let alone a middleweight. His best fighting weight is 140, at 147 I think he’s pretty much outsized by all the good welterweights.
‘I know he fought Keith Thurman, who had lost his desire to fight and had been out so long, but he would have a real test against Terrence Crawford or Errol Spence, guys like that. Maybe he could beat them, I don’t know. He thinks he can, but to go up any higher would be silly.’
Golovkin is the IBF champion and has a reputation as one of the biggest punchers at 160lbs
Pacquiao is currently in advanced talks to fight pound-for-pound star and WBO welterweight titlist Crawford later this year in the Middle East.
Top Rank chief Arum, who promotes Crawford, said Pacquiao is ‘very interested’ in making that fight, and though negotiations are progressing, the coronavirus pandemic has meant that they will have to wait to see how things develop before identifying a location.
He added: ‘It’s difficult because everywhere is on lockdown right now. This is a fight that we aren’t even thinking about doing on US soil.
Pacquiao’s former promoter Bob Arum said it’d be ‘silly’ for the 41-year-old to take that fight
‘There’s a few places in the Middle East that certainly have the funds to stage a big fight, and certainly many would be willing to do it, but not in these circumstances.
‘It’s no good talking to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain or Kolkata until they get a better hold handle on this coronavirus.
‘Once the picture becomes clearer we can start to work things out. Manny is very interested in fighting Crawford but someone has got the put up money and there’s got to be a site.’
Pacquiao is in talks to face Terrence Crawford with Middle East earmarked to stage the fight
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