In a report that popped up on ESPN.com this morning, it appears that Manny Pacquiao will be coming back from a brief sabbatical that was billed as his retirement to fight again. His opponent has yet to be determined, but Top Rank Boxing’s Bob Arum told ESPN.com that the fight will take place on either October 29 or November 5. The card will air on an HBO pay per view card, and the Pacquiao fight will be the main event.
Pacquiao last fought on April 9 against Timothy Bradley Jr., winning a unanimous decision victory in his third bout against Bradley. After that fight, Pacquio announced that he was retiring, though many felt it wouldn’t stick. Pacquiao returned to his native Philippines and successfully ran for a seat in their senate.
In order for Pacquiao to return to the ring, he will have to work around his senate duties. Arum told ESPN.com that “Manny wants to come back. The problem is he can only come back if it doesn’t interfere with his senate duties.” As Arum worked out dates for the fight, Pacquiao’s duties have factored in heavily. Originally they looked at October 15, but Pacuqiao is committed to budget formulation and voting in the Philippine senate.
Tentatively, the fight will be taking place either October 29 or November 5. They are working out the venue with MGM executives. The proposed venues are the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the new T-Mobile Arena, or the Mandalay Bay Event Center. Arum said that “MGM wants to do the fight and (MGM executive Richard Sturm) will come back to us when he comes to a solution.”
As far as opponents are concerned, Adrien Broner was rumored to be the man, but his asking price was “a crazy number.” They are also looking at junior welterweight titlist Terence Crawford. Crawford is set to face Viktor Postol on July 23, and he would need to win that title unification bout. Jessie Vargas’ name was also brought up, especially since his unification fight against Kell Brook fell through.
Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s advisor, was disappointed that Broner “outpriced himself” however, but was optimistic. “So we’ll get another opponent for Manny to fight. I’m not sure who, but we want a meaningful fight and an entertaining fight.”