With news breaking that Manny Pacquiao will end his brief retirement to return to action this fall, promoter Bob Arum is looking for a suitable opponent. All signs pointed to a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner, but after Pacquiao's side insists that Broner priced himself out of negotiations (with a rumored asking price of a $10M minimum), Arum says he has to look elsewhere. Here's what he told RingTV.com.
"Broner asked for an amount that I can't afford that made no sense and so we passed him by, which let me tell you, saves about five years off of my life," said Arum.
Pacquiao's advisor Michael Koncz was particularly aggrieved by Broner's demands because he really wanted that fight for his man, and said he lost a lot of respect for Broner for lacking "male fortitude." Koncz also echoed Arum's sentiment by saying that they aren't going to be held hostage by Broner's inflated demands and will look elsewhere.
Of course Broner has his own side of the story, and his own ways of handling things, so he took to social media to take aim directly at Bob Arum over the failed negotiations.
So with Broner supposedly no longer in consideration, Arum says that he might just give Al Haymon a ring to see if they might be able to put a fight together between Pacquiao and WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia.
"I might call Al Haymon for Danny Garcia because it wasn't Al that (messed it up with Broner)," Arum said. "He couldn't do anything about what the kid was asking."
Danny Garcia is an interesting option because he is a current world champion, but hasn't fought since winning the vacant WBC title against Robert Guerrero back in January. And with half the year having already passed by, there's still no word on when or where he'll return.