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Manny Pacquiao's reported next fight is seriously underwhelming

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The Manny Pacquiao/Amir Khan fiasco is a bit of a confusing one.

Originally, Pac-Man was slated to face little-known Australian fighter Jeff Horn, but after a reported big money offer from the UAE to fight Khan, the WBO welterweight champion had his head turned.

However, it turns out the money is not forthcoming and thus, the Khan fight is off.

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Well, as Eddie Hearn has said, it was never really on, was it?

So what now for Pacquiao? The 38-year-old only has a small window of genuine big fights left and his promoter, Bob Arum, has already ruled out matching him up against the likes of the undefeated duo Eroll Spence Jr and Keith Thurman, or even Kell Brook.

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So, what is he going to do? Boxing insider Lance Pugmire of the L.A. Times claims the legendary fighter is going to go in a rather underwhelming direction.

”I’m hearing the new proposal for Manny Pacquiao is likely the old one: Jeff Horn. Ugh..,” said Pugmire.

While that isn't the gala fight many fans would pine for, it should be noted that Arum co-promotes for Horn and has had plenty of good things to say about him.

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“The kid is not only a terrific fighter, but he looks like a movie star,” said Arum about Jeff Horn to ESPN.com. “He’s articulate and a former school teacher. We’re going to call him ‘The fighting School Teacher,’” said Arum.

Great name, Bob.

If Arum had matched Horn with either Jessie Vargas or Tim Bradley by now like he mentioned doing last year, he might have a big enough name to fight Pacquiao.

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As it stands, the man who came fourth out of a four-man poll on Arum's Twitter on who should fight Pac-Man next - Khan came out top - looks set to get a career-defining fight.

Will the bout get pay-per-view buys? That remains to be seen.

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