By Nick Giongco

Efforts to get a deal in place for an April fight for Manny Pacquiao are being undertaken.

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Manny Pacquiao reacts after defeating Keith Thurman by split decision in a welterweight title fight Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / John Locher / MANILA BULLETIN)

American matchmaker Sean Gibbons, head of Pacquiao’s MP Promotions, told the Manila Bulletin he is in talks with a group from the Middle East.

“Working hard to get a fight in April,” reported Gibbons from the US, noting that Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar are in play.

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In this file photo, Manny Pacquiao speaks with the boxing media at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as right-hand man Sean Gibbons listens intently. (Nick Giongco)

Though time is fast catching up, Gibbons is not losing hope he can get things done.

If Pacquiao can’t fight in April, Gibbons says the earliest the Filipino star can return to the ring will be July.

“We’ll see by Jan. 20 if we can have a fight (in the Middle East) or not,” added Gibbons.

The last time Pacquiao fought, the eight-division world champion stunned the previously-unbeaten Keith Thurman in Las Vegas in July last year.

Pacquiao, 41, shocked Adrien Broner six months earlier also in Las Vegas.

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