By James Slater: Due to his “personal affairs,” superstar boxer and active congressman Manny Pacquiao will not now fight on November 10th as originally planned. According to Pac-Man advisor Michael Koncz, who spoke with The Manila Standard, Pacquiao will now fight on December 1st – against an opponent to be named (the shortlist remains the same: Tim Bradley, Miguel Cotto or a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez), at a venue to be named.
So, Pacquiao may not be fighting in Las Vegas in his next outing. The fact that the November fight has been delayed has led some to wonder/speculate if Pacquiao will actually face fellow superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior next. Could Mayweather, almost a month or so out of prison, be ready to fight as soon as December 1st? Could the fight the world still wants to see finally be on the verge of happening?
All this is speculation and nothing more at this stage, but Bob Arum has recently said that talks anew regarding Mayweather-Pacquiao “have gone well.” While other people in the sport seem to feel the involvement of rapper turned TMT promoter 50 Cent will have it in him to finally make the fight that has been at least three years in the making.
Arum says there is little fan interest in a Pacquiao-Bradley rematch, while Pac-Man has already beaten Cotto soundly. As for a fourth go with archrival Marquez, some believe Pacquaio wants no more to do with the Mexican who has his number, simply because he cannot afford to risk another defeat.
Mayweather has been quiet since being released from jail early due to good behaviour, short of his recent “Pacquiao is a wonderful fighter” quote.