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SARANGANI REP. MANNY PACQUIAO


Contributed by Rich Mazon for the Filipino Reporter

Not only is the identity of the opponent a mystery for the next Manny Pacquiao fight, the date of the fight is also uncertain.

The Filipino superstar has not yet revealed his opponent for his second and last fight this year.

Bob Arum, head of Top Rank Promotions, has offered three options for Pacquiao when he visited him in the Philippines earlier this month.

This includes a rematch with Timothy Bradley who defeated Pacquiao in a controversial split decision on June 9, another rematch with Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto and a fourth meeting with Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

Top Rank also has secured a Nov. 10 date at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV for the Pacquiao fight against an opponent to be announced later.

But sources close to the Pacquiao camp has intimated to this writer that Pacquiao wants to move his next fight a month after Nov. 10.

“Dec. 1 to be exact,” a reliable source said.

Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz told various news sources that his boss has indeed requested Top Rank Promotions for a later date.

Koncz cites Pacquiao’s political plans as the main reason for the request.

The boxer-congressman is intent on seeking reelection for his seat at the Philippine Congress.

He plans to file his certificate of candidacy in October which will disrupt his training if the fight is to be held Nov. 10.

But Arum said last week that Nov. 10 is still a go after learning that Pacquiao need not be present at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Manila to file his candidacy.

He told a boxing site that he plans to name an opponent, a venue and a date last Monday.

But no announcement came.

Arum himself has no answer when queried during a Top Rank event in Los Angeles.

Pacquiao, meantime, has been busy with his congressional duties as the lone representative of Sarangani province in the Philippines.

He delivered his first State of The District Address Aug. 28 at the provincial capitol gym.  

The boxer-lawmaker enumerated his accomplishments as a congressman and also gave a report of the various projects that he has implemented in his province.