Via Barry Holbrook: Eddie Hearn claims minor talks have begun for a fight between retired Manny Pacquiao and Conor Benn.
The fight between 44-year-old Pacquiao and Benn will likely have to take place overseas as Conor does not have a boxing license to compete in the UK after giving up his license after testing positive twice for performance-enhancing drugs. banned clomifene.
It cannot be ruled out that Pacquiao accepts to fight Benn if the price is reasonable. If you remember, Pacquiao (62-8-2, 39 KOs) fought Antonio Margarito in 2010, a year after his forged armband controversy in a match against Shane Mosley in 2009. .
Despite the constant rush of the boxing world to Margarito, Pacquiao decided to fight him.
Hearn says he’s still awaiting a verdict from the WBC against boxer Benn (21-0, 14 KOs), who hasn’t fought since eliminating his former best 35-year-old welterweight contender. Chris Van Heerden last April.
In order for Benn to compete in the UK, he needs to be licensed by the British Boxing Regulatory Board. However, Hearn said that Benn could be licensed outside the UK and then register to compete there with a foreign boxing license.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Benn fight Pacquiao next, but it hasn’t been signed yet. There have been a few small discussions, but obviously, it’s important for us to work on the WBC ruling,” Eddie Hearn said. King of Boxing Media when asked if Conor Benn will fight Manny Pacquiao next.
“Ultimately, it depends on the verdict on the tests and VADA. He does not have a Boxing Board of Control license. There is no verdict on Conor Benn from the Council, but we want to fight in the UK.
“So his choice is to get a license from the Boxing Regulatory Commission or get a license elsewhere and register to fight in the UK, which many British boxers do. So we’ll see,” Hearn said.
With the right amount of money, Pacquiao could choose to fight Benn. Obviously, that would be really bad for Pacquiao, as fans will backlash against him for choosing to pamper Benn after his two positive tests.
It is unknown if Pacquiao still has ambitions to become president of the Philippines or he has given up on that idea. If Pacquiao doesn’t care anymore, that would be a good idea; fighting Benn can be a good option for money.