Manny Pacquiao is officially a senator which initially meant that his state of retirement will stick. That was until recently when word suddenly came out that the eight-time division champion was already seeking some time off to prepare for a possible next fight.
Pacquiao Fighting in Q4?
According to Boxingscene.com, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum bared that Pacquiao was looking for another opponent and was trying to work out a scenario with Philippine senate president Franklin Drilon on how to take some time off to train.
When word of that came out, Pacquiao drew a howl with most questioning his commitment of being a public servant. He had poor attendance in congress and many expected it to carry even as a senator.
Pacquiao eventually cleared the air and set the records straight. He doused water on the rumors and said that he is not planning to take a leave just to fight again according to Rappler.
But the thing here is his retirement. Pacquiao made it clear that his April fight with Timothy Bradley Jr. back in April was his last one but now he seems to be humming a different tune.
Amir Khan not in play
Assuming that Pacquiao does fight again, the only thing certain right now is that it will not be against former spar mate Amir Khan. Arum made that clear in a report from the Telegraph, stressing that Khan ‘means nothing in the US’.
The PPV draw angle is apparently in play once more and his ambitious match against Canelo Alvarez may have pummeled his stock deeper. Khan believes that he remains among the top names in boxing though Arum leads the list of critics who say otherwise.
Among the names being considered by Arum include Danny Garcia, Jessie Vargas and Terence Crawford. But while the Top Rank boss continues to plan ahead, the main issue now is how can Pacquiao pull it off and return to the ring.