Manny Pacquiao is still ruling the boxing news even though he is not even in training. Pacquiao remains the biggest, most marketable name in the sport. Pacquiao is all set to retire from boxing as he wants to focus on his full time political career as a senator. But, he wants to leave the ring with a bang.
As per the Christian Post reports, “Top Rank Promotions head honcho Bob Arum is surprised about Manny Pacquiao’s delay in announcing his next opponent.”
Well, there has been reports on the shortlisted opponents and the list of names include “his former sparring partner Amir Khan, undefeated WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford, and WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.”
Pacquiao was supposed to announce his final opponent by Dec. 11, Friday, but that hasn’t come out yet. Rumors were strong that he might be taking on Timothy Bradley instead of Amir Khan.
“Being surprised is a polite term for it,” Arum said. “But again, it’s his career, it’s his life, and the announcement will come when it will come.”
According to Sports World News, Arum was more prone to speculating Amir Khan as Pacquiao’s next opponent but the Filipino fighter wanted Bradley because he was someone he was familiar with.
However, given a hypothetical situation it wont be surprising to see Pacquiao in an MMA encounter. If he fails to announce his Boxing opponent, it would tempting to see him in an MMA ring.
Lets have a look at Pacquiao’s Boxing Track record.
Record: 57W 6L 2D 38KOs
Total Bouts: 65
KO % : 58%
Nationality: General Santos City, Philippines
Date Of Birth: Dec. 12, 1978
Speculations are still strong that Pacquiao’s most suitable candidate might be Timothy Bradley. Crawford’s name also popped up in the recent up.
Floyd Mayweather stated, “There’s a possibility that he [Pacquiao] could be knocked out, but if that fight were happening and I was gonna bet on that fight and I was gonna pick the winners, I would pick Crawford.”