World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao seems to be missing in the ring and his fans are thrilled of the possibility that he will fight again.
The boxing champ earlier announced his retirement after he won his third fight against Timothy Bradley Jr. via unanimous decision in April. However, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum revealed to ESPN that Pacquiao plans to end his hiatus from the ring to fight again on either Oct. 29 or Nov. 5.
Arum said Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser has said the boxer definitely wants to come back and fight again but it should not interfere with his duties in the Philippine Senate. The 37-year-old boxer won a senate seat in the Philippines in May.
Arum said he is working with MGM executive Richard Sturm on the availability of its venues for those dates. The promoter is eyeing for the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Mandalay Bay Events Center and T-Mobile Arena.
One possible opponent for Pacquiao is American boxer Adrien Broner. However Arum said the fight against Broner is not realistic because of the boxer’s demands. The promoter said Broner is wanted for an amount that they have not paid to any boxer in a long time.
Broner has a record of 32-2, 24 Kos while 37-year-old Pacquiao has 58-6-2, 38 Kos.
Arum added other possible opponents are junior welterweight titlist Terence Crawford and welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas. Crawford has 28-0, 20 Kos record while Vargas has 27-1, 10 Kos.
Meanwhile, amidst Arum’s pronouncement, Manny Pacquiao has denied that a fight is in the works and he will take a leave of absence from his post in the senate for it.
The boxer/politician stressed that his priority right now is his duties and responsibilities in the Philippine Senate. However, he also mentioned that if there is any fight in the future, he will make sure that it will not interfere with his legislative duties.
Read full statement of Manny Pacquiao here.
During his term as congressman, Pacquiao was among the top absentees at the Philippines’ House of Representatives. Inquirer noted that records showed the Manny Pacquiao only came to work just four times in 2014.