- Top Rank Promotions reserved Mandalay Bay for October 15 for a possible Pacquiao comeback
- Pacquiao announced his retirement in April after a unanimous win against Bradley
- It’s still not a done deal according to Pacquiao’s business manager
Boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement from boxing after his unanimous win against Tim Bradley in April to focus on his career in public service. But Top Rank Promotions chief Bob Arum said he is anticipating that Pacquiao would return to boxing in October.
As early as now, Arum has reserved Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for October 15 should Pacquiao decide to go back to boxing.
“We have the date… just to protect ourselves,” Arum said in an interview with Los Angeles Times.
Arum is planning to visit Pacquiao after the 4th of July and discuss how his political assignments will affect his boxing career.
“I will talk to Manny after the holiday here in the US, our independence day, about this if there’s a possibility for him to fight,” Arum told The Manila Times. “He doesn’t know. He has to see what committees he has, what kind of hearings he has. He is going to be very busy for his country.”
Arum also prepared a shortlist of possible opponents for the Filipino boxing icon that includes Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia and Terence Crawford, while a rematch with Mayweather is out of the question.
“Definitely not Mayweather. We’ve been told he’s not ready to fight yet,” Arum said. “Otherwise, of course, we’d consider that.”
Although Top Rank Promotions is seriously pushing for Pacquiao to return to boxing late this year, Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda says it’s not yet a done deal.
“Knowing Manny we can’t predict if he’s coming back in the ring late this year. It is all Top Rank that wanted it to happen,” Pineda said. “But if he misses boxing, then so be it. So far, we’re not discussing it yet.”