Arum recently said in a teleconference, transcribed by ESPN's Dan Rafael, that, depending on Pacquiao's performance next month, then he'll have a list of potential opponents for the Philippine superstar to face.
“If Manny comes in and dominates this fight and looks like the old Manny, and wants to continue fighting, there will be certain opponents that will be considered. If he decides that it’s too much juggling two careers then he shouldn’t continue," Arum said. "If he is determined to continue and his performance suffers because of his work in the Senate I would have to look in the direction of somebody else for an opponent. So to jump now about names and so forth, who knows? Manny may look so good in this fight and may have such senatorial presence in the fight that we may be looking for Golovkin next.”
Pacquiao's boxing career is uncertain because of his second career as a member of the Philippine senate. He retired earlier this year from in-ring competition to focus on his political career, but never shut down the possibility of coming back to fight.
Another name that Arum threw around includes Terence Crawford as a potential opponent for Pacquiao. A fight between Pacquiao and Golovkin is unlikely at this point since Golovkin is likely going to face middleweight champions Daniel Jacobs and Billy Joe Saunders to unify all the middleweight world titles before facing off against Canelo Alvarez. Pacquiao also barely has any experience fight at 160 pounds as he fought up in weight as much as light middleweight with a 154-pound limit.