Manny Pacquiao to fight in December not November
Fans of the Pac-man would be disappointed to know that Manny Pacquiao, former WBO welterweight titlist, has decided to run a showdown in December, cancelling his previously scheduled date November 10. However, the Filipino proud’s opponent is still to be decided.
Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser, revealed that the former champion’s reason for rescheduling his fight date was due to his political goals. According to Koncz, Pacquiao’s re-election campaign will start by October and he would need sufficient time to prepare for it.
“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,” said Koncz.
“If 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. We don’t want to have any excuses when he fights. I believe if he fought on Nov. 10 but made a trip at that time to the Philippines, we’d lose a week of physical training, and I don’t want there to be any excuses. So we can’t go on Nov. 10, and we have told that to our promoter (Top Rank),” he added.
Pacquiao lost his WBO title to American fighter Timothy Bradley on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He currently stands with 54 wins, 4 losses, 2 ties and 38 knockouts in his portfolio. After the controversial split decision defeat to Bradley, Pacquiao has been planning to take on the Desert Storm in a rematch. However, no confirmation has been made from the Filipino’s camp regarding the situation.
On the other hand, Pacquiao’s adviser Bob Arum of Top Rank is hoping for the Filipino to go for either Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez or Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto. According to Arum, both of these fighters can attract more fans to the fight than Bradley can.
For now, it seems like Pacquiao is more interested in his political ambitions than his fighting career. He wants to bring reforms in his country and so he is giving his best there, which can hurt his fighting career.
By: Ashley White