Vargas had fought and won over former IBO light welterweight champion Daniel Sarmiento, former WBA and IBO light welterweight Khabib Allakhverdiev, former WBA light welterweight champion Vivian Harris, former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco and 2008 Beijing Olympian Saddam Ali.
"I feel like my style will suit fighting Pacquiao", said Horn. Arum is talking about wanting to potentially have Pacquiao fight on free television. But Arum only gave me one name and that was the only name he gave me was Terence Crawford.
Duco Events director Dean Lonergan admits he is working hard to secure the Pacquiao fight for Horn.
Pacquiao/Crawford is risky business, and the fact that it is taking this long to make means not everybody is on board to make the fight that makes ideal sense. If Pacquiao loses to a fairly mediocre guy like Horn, it would be pretty much the end of his career. Pacquiao came back from the undressing he suffered at the hands of Floyd Mayweather to win underwhelming bouts between Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas, each failing to find an audience and the latter failing to find a network to air it.
Being that Pacquiao's premise for returning to the ring is to make as much money as he possibly can with the time he has left, it is also not outside of the realm of possibility that the $20 million demand is just a public demand with a hint of subversion saying that Pacquiao does not want any part of Crawford right now, and for good reason. He deserves to be given the platform of a fight against the biggest active legend in world boxing.
"The only way we can afford a Crawford fight is on pay-per-view and I would like to avoid pay-per-view for Manny's next fight", Arum, the CEO of Top Rank Boxing, told RingTV.com's Mitch Abramson.
It's best to devour boxing with a few grains of salt, but even with that factored into the conversation, there are serious talks for going down that suggest a Horn-Pacquiao fight for Suncorp Stadium in April could in fact get over the line.
"We have serious people (who want to stage a fight outside the US)", said the 85-year-old Arum. "Bring him up in weight, maybe slow him down a little bit.' I know he does have a little bit of trouble making (140 pounds), but I think he'll be maybe not as quick and as good a fighter at '47".
Arum was in Australia last month and saw the promise of promoting there.
Now, that appears to be off the table, unless a purse of $20 million appears.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao's business manager Eric Pineda of 1-Pacman Partylist is supportive of Arum's plan to hold Pacquiao's next fight outside the United States since the senator boxer is popular all over the world.
"There'll be no Pacquiao-Crawford fight in the first six months of the year, definitely", Arum told The Manila Times.