Carl Frampton has weighed in a potential fight between Conor Benn and Manny Pacquiao, and to say it doesn’t sit well with Frampton is putting it lightly.
A comeback bout on June 3rd has long been touted for Benn, and Pacquiao appears to be a frontrunner again after his manager Sean Gibbons confirmed he had agreed a deal to come out of retirement and face ‘The Destroyer.’
Frampton voiced his disproval for the fight in an interview with SecondsOut, claiming it would be “rewarding” Benn for failing the two VADA tests last year.
“It’s all a mess. Conor Benn failed two drug tests, so he should serve a ban. Even if he failed through contamination, you should still serve a ban.”
“He failed a drug test, and it looks like he’s going to be rewarded with a fight against a living legend, who’s coming out of retirement and is about 45 years of age, who he’ll probably beat up because he’s so much younger than him. And he makes a mountain of money.”
“It’s almost like he’s getting rewarded for failing a drug test, which I don’t agree with. Hopefully it gets sorted out soon.”
‘Pac-man’ has been out of action for the best part of two years, after he announced his retirement following defeat in a world title bout against Yordenis Ugas in 2021.
Chris Eubank Jr was favourite for a fight with Benn in Abu Dhabi, however warnings from the British Boxing Control that his license could be revoked for facing the 25 year old appear to have scuppered the plans for the two family rivals to finally settle their differences.