Due to his busy schedule, Filipino boxing icon requested to move his next fight from November 10 to December 1, Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz announced.
According to Koncz, the eight-division world champion, who is coming off a controversial loss to Timothy Bradley, will have to prepare for his re-election campaign on May 2013, which will affect his training camp if ever they will push for a November fight.
“Manny has to be in the Philippines for the filing of his candidacy in October, and I don’t want to interrupt his training, nor does Manny,” Koncz said. “f he fights on Nov. 10, it would interrupt his training because he would have to go back to the Philippines. You lose two days going there, and it’s a long trip in the middle of camp.”
Koncz admitted that Pacquiao was not in his best form and was too far from the best performance he could give in their last two fights. And because of it, the 33-year-old former champion is committed to train only in Los Angeles to avoid distractions.
During his last few bouts, Pacquiao spent the first part of his training camp in Baguio City, which, according to his camp, could have affected his performance in last few fights.
“Once he starts training, we’re doing it all in America,” Koncz said. “Once he gets here, he wants to stay here and be focused.”
Although the date has been set, Pacquiao’s opponent is still left hanging in the balance.
Based from previous reports, Top Rank boss Bob Arum hinted the possibility of a fourth bout with Juan Manuel Marquez, but a rematch with recent tormentor Timothy Bradley or Miguel Cotto is also a possibility.
And after reports circulated about Pacquiao’s plan of moving the fight to December, speculations rose, saying that Pacquiao’s camp is secretly negotiating for a possible super fight with Floyd Mayweather.
Koncz said that he believes that Mayweather, who just came out of jail where he spent two months, is not yet ready to fight this year, but they are not discounting the possibility of staging the fight that all fight fans are waiting for.