Manny Pacquiao's next fight is set, promoter says 'world tour' is possible

Manny Pacquiao isn’t quite done with boxing. The current WBO and lineal welterweight champion is set to defend his belt against little-known Jeff Horn on April 22, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum confirmed on Wednesday.
While a venue is still to be determined, the purse and date have been agreed upon.
“Once we have a location then I’ll fly over to the Philippines to meet with Manny and finalize everything on our side,” Arum said. “But he is going to fight Jeff Horn.”
Pacquiao (59-6-2) was looking at potential fights with WBC, WBO light welterweight champ Terence Crawford or British power Amir Khan, but Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) fit the timeframe for the Filipino boxer’s schedule better.
“I thought he was a really rugged guy. He’s a good fighter,” Arum said via ESPN. “Does he beat Manny? Probably not, but he’s going to give him a good fight. He has a very pleasing personality.”
Pacquiao, who also serves on the Senate in the Philippines, may be able to get a second fight in 2017 if his schedule allows and could possibly begin a “world tour,” according to Arum.
“My goal is to have Pacquiao fight as many times as we can get away from the senate duties as possible,” Arum said. “So the idea is if he fights in April and he stays in boxing shape we can fight perhaps again in July. We have an offer in Russia. And then we have an offer and would be interested in fighting [fellow welterweight titleholder] Kell Brook in England in probably October. That’s a big fight.
“We did world tours with Muhammad Ali and that’s what I’m going to do with Manny. It’s good for him to fight all over. He might be president of the Philippines someday and fighting around the world is good for that possibility.”
Pacquiao is coming off two consecutive unanimous decision victories over Timothy Bradley in April 2016 and Jessie Vargas in November.
Pacquiao hinted at a possible retirement after the Bradley fight, saying his family wanted him to walk away from the sport.

Source: General Sports