Pacquiao ready to make birthday hit list
LAS VEGAS - Manny Pacquiao will meet with trainer Fredddie Roach and promoter Bob Arum in two weeks for his 32nd birthday party and ponder a trio of possible future foes who are not Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Arum said that the Filipino superstar will fight next on April 16 at Las Vegas, his first bout there since November of last year, against a foe to be determined.
Fans have longed to see Pacquiao, 52-3 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, in a showdown with unbeaten American Mayweather, 41-0 with 25 knockouts. But the US boxer faces a January arraignment over a dispute with an ex-girlfriend.
With a Mayweather deal unlikely, Arum said Pacquiao will decide if he wants to fight Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez for a third time or face either US veteran Shane Mosley or unbeaten US welterweight Andre Berto.
"Pac-Man", Roach and Arum will gather in the Philippines for Pacquiao's birthday bash on December 17 and consider the matter, with the fighter and Filipino Congressman having the final say.
For his part, Arum would like the name recognition value offered by a fight against Mosley, 46-6 with one draw and 39 knockouts.
But Mosley, 39, was overwhelmed by Mayweather in a unanimous decision loss last May and struggled to a draw against countryman Sergio Mora last September.
Berto, 27, has less of a following but at 27-0 with 20 knockouts could offer the most compelling fight.
Completing a trilogy against Marquez could be enticing after Pacquiao settled for a draw in their 2004 meetng and won by split decision in 2008. Marquez also lost to Mayweather but has defended his lightweight title twice since.
But a Marquez fight would mean a deal coming together between bitter rival promoters Arum and Richard Schaefer, also on opposite sides in failed Mayweather talks.