Pacquiao's next fight moved to December 1
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino fight king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao will make his ring return on December 1, instead of November 10 as initially reported, against a yet to be named opponent.
His adviser, Michael Koncz, confirmed the news to RingTV's Lem Satterfield.
"We've informed Top Rank that we cannot go on November 10,”" Koncz said. "So (Top Rank chief executive) Bob Arum has moved the date to December 1."
Koncz said the date had to be moved due to "conflicting schedules with the boxing and Manny's personal affairs."
It was widely reported that Pacquiao will be returning to the ring on November 10, and Top Rank has even reserved the MGM Grand Garden Arena on that date for a "Pacquiao event."
Pacquiao has yet to announce his opponent, though he is reportedly choosing from rematches against Timothy Bradley Jr., Miguel Cotto, and Juan Manuel Marquez.
RingTV notes that Cotto, whom Pacquiao beat by knockout when they fought in 2009, is set to fight again on December 1 at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
But Koncz said no final decision has been made regarding who Pacquiao will fight.
"I met with Bob Arum in New York yesterday and we had further discussions," he said, adding that they talked about the potential rematches.
"But we have not selected an opponent. I will relay those discussions to Manny within the next day or two," Koncz added.
Pacquiao lost to Bradley via an extremely unpopular split decision last June, but Arum is hesitant to book a rematch since the first fight did not break the one-million mark in terms of pay-per-view buys.
From a financial standpoint, a fourth bout with Marquez will make the most sense, as their trilogy bout last November reached 1.4 million PPV buys.
Meanwhile, a rematch with Cotto is also expected to do well financially since the Puerto Rican fighter resurrected his career, most recently losing a highly competitive bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May.