It looks as though Top Rank promoter Bob Arum will be keeping the April 20, 2013 Manny Pacquiao fight date in-house, and yet again boxing fans will be left without a Floyd Mayweather Jr. showdown.
According to a recent article by Ronnie Nathanielsz of boxingscene.com, Arum is interested in having Pacquiao face the winner of this Saturday’s Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado junior welterweight matchup.
Rios, who has missed weight in his last two bouts, will be fighting for the first time as a junior welterweight. Arum said the fight between Saturday’s winner and Pacquiao would be contested at 147 pounds, a welterweight matchup.
The promoter also said that he and Manny chose the April date because of the elections that will be taking place in the Philippines in May, where Pacquiao is a congressman. He added that April 20 is not set in stone, and that the fight could come earlier.
This is not the first time that Arum has talked about a potential Rios vs. Pacquaio matchup. It seems as though Arum has been grooming the brash Mexican-American fighter to one day take Pacquiao’s place in his Top Rank stable.
Pacquiao recently renewed his contract with Top Rank until Dec. 31, 2014.
Sources close to the situation told Ben Thompson of fighthype.com that Pacquaio only agreed to the extension after being assured that a fight with Mayweather would take place in 2013, but the source said "He thinks he has that fight coming, but that fight isn't ever going to happen."
It looks like we could see a Rios/Alvarado vs. Pacquiao matchup, followed by a Tim Bradley rematch in 2013, but still no Mayweather bout.