Floyd Mayweather is out of jail and Manny Pacquiao will be fighting in November, but not against the undefeated American, which is the showdown the fight fans are very eager to witness.
Bob Arum, who is in the Philippines to discuss the Pacquiao’s plan, said that Mayweather is out of their sight for this year since the undefeated American has just been released from jail, but he is hoping that they could get the fight done next year.
“I just hope we will be able to get the Mayweather fight done. I don’t think we can do it in November with Mayweather just being released from jail and so forth,” Arum said. “I would think if we can make a deal it would be in the spring, in April, after March Madness.”
Arum said that they have three choices – a rematch with Timothy Bradley or Miguel Cotto or a fourth showdown with nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez.
“He’s going to fight on Nov. 10, but we’ll spend some time talking through everything and getting everything ironed out, and then I talk to the opponents and try to make a deal,” Arum said.
Marquez is still on Pacquiao’s radar after another unconvincing win in their last bout, while Cotto, whom Pacquiao manhandled and knocked down on November 2009, has also an outside chance of getting a rematch against the Filipino champion.
Bradley appears to be on top of their list, since Pacquiao wants to avenge his controversial defeat in June. Bradley won via split decision to snatch the WBO welterweight title, but after a review, WBO unanimously declared that Pacquiao won the fight convincingly.
“There’s a score to settle with Bradley,” said Pacquiao legal adviser Franklin Gacal.
Once a deal is finalized, Pacquiao will immediately start training next month.