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Manny Pacquiao has 'agreed' to fight Conor Benn confirms promoter Sean Gibbons

Sean Gibbons has confirmed he is waiting for confirmation from Eddie Hearn about a blockbuster bout between boxing legend Manny Pacquiao and Conor Benn.

It was expected that Chris Eubank Jr would fight arch-rival Benn in a rescheduled fight at 160lbs on June 3 in the UAE. However, according to Liam Smith, Eubank will take on the ex-world champion in a rematch later this summer. 

Eubank tasted the third defeat of his career in January as Smith stunned the former world title challenger and Roy Jones Jr who was in the corner of Eubank on the night.
Should Eubank face Smith in a highly anticipated second encounter in the summer, it leaves Benn on the lookout for a new opponent.

Pacquiao is ready to jump in and make a sensational comeback of his own and face Britain's unbeaten star after missing out on becoming the Philippines' president last year, according to his advisor and head of MP Promotions.

"Will he fight this year? You know what, Senator Manny Pacquiao has agreed to fight Conor Benn. Do me a favour, call Eddie Hearn. The ball is in his court. Senator Manny Pacquiao is happy to fight Conor Benn. Agreed - please call Eddie Hearn," Gibbons exclusively told Planet Sport.

"You know, we are looking at a few different options. We are looking at things, we are trying to figure some stuff out so I hope something happens," Gibbons added when asked about whether Pacquiao had other fights on his radar including Kell Brook.
Benn, 26, is plotting a return to the ring this summer after being accused of intentionally taking a banned testosterone-boosting drug clomifene.

He will fight overseas after remaining under investigation by the British Board of Control for two failed drugs tests while giving up his British boxing license in the process.

Speaking about Benn's next fight, Hearn said in March: "He definitely wants to go straight back into a huge fight.

"This has been the most high-profile boxing story since September. There have been so many other fighters who have failed tests. Some of them, are pound-for-pound champions. And it has disappeared within a few weeks.

"We are right to cause uproar when any fighter fails a drug test. We also have to give them the right to be heard. No one is even prepared to listen to Conor Benn.
"It will be year since he's stepped in the ring and around a year since the failed first test when he fights again. At what point, having given all his reasons with the WBC clearing him and re-entered him into the rankings, do you say enough is enough?
"We believe he is innocent, if people don't want to believe that they are entitled to their opinion. But his career is about to resume. And he wants to resume with a massive fight, he has no interest in a warm-up fight.
"He wants Manny Pacquiao, he wants Chris Eubank Jr, he wants Errol Spence Jr, he wants all of them. The eyes of the world are going to be on Conor, unfortunately for reasons we would rather not. But we are where we are."
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