MANILA, Philippines – His potential opponents may be getting impatient by but a friend of Manny Pacquiao assured that the Filipino boxer will fight by year’s end.
Retired boxing champion Gerry Peñalosa told Philboxing’s Eddie Alinea that the fighting congressman will not forego the November bout for a lucrative fight against Floyd Mayweather in 2013.
“Lalaban si Manny before the end of the year,” Peñalosa said. “Ang makakalaban na lang ang di pa sigurado. Namimili pa.”
Although Pacquiao has three opponents to choose from, Peñalosa believes that he has narrowed his choices down to Juan Manuel Marquez and Miguel Cotto.
Peñalosa said it seems Pacquiao will not reward Bradley with a rematch after the controversial result of their first bout.
“Si Bradley, and this is based on Manny’s body language lately, could be out of the equation kasi Manny believes he won that controversial bout against Bradley convincingly and, therefore, that doesn’t give the American the right for a rematch,” said the retired boxer.
Bradley won a questionable split-decision victory over Pacquiao last June despite being outpunched by the quicker Filipino.
Another factor that could affect Pacquiao’s decision on Bradley was the fight’s poor results in terms of pay-per-view buys.
“Wala pang 1 million buys ang na-generate dun sa laban compared to an average 1 million plus sa mga nakaraang laban ni Manny,” said Peñalosa.