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article imageManny Pacquiao to decide next opponent after holidays

By Leo Reyes     Nov 20, 2011 in Sports
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao is expected to disclose his next opponent after the holiday season, his long-time trainer Freddie Roach said.
Pacquiao, who is returning to the Philippines with his entourage Monday, has been deluged with queries from boxing fans about his next opponent after winning over Mexican counter-puncher Juan Manuel Marquez.
The eight-division champion said he wants to take a rest, be with his family and come back to decide on his next fight including the choice for his next opponent.
Normally, Pacquiao fights at least twice a year—usually in May and November.
A few days before his bout with Marquez, future foe Floyd Mayweather, Jr through his advisers, said he is returning to the ring on May 5 and has in fact made reservations with MGM Grand Garden Arena as the venue for the fight.
Mayweather did not categorically name Pacquiao as his next opponent, but his advisers said the unbeaten champion wants to face the "little fella," referring to Manny Pacquiao.
Roach, who is rooting for Mayweather as Pacquiao's next opponent, said Mayweather may be willing to fight Pacquiao now that the latter had a "bad night" against Marquez.
"Financially, I think that you're going to get about $30 million with the one guy, Marquez. You're going to get $100 million with the other guy, Mayweather. So why wouldn't you take the $100 million?" Roach said.
"You could fight Marquez any time. I mean, he's always there. So, the thing is that I don't think that's a very hard decision," he added.
But Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum seems not interested in a Mayweather fight, citing difficulties in negotiating with Mayweather and his team.
"We have been informed that Bob Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, is not interested in pursuing a fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao at this time. As a result, we will look at other options for Floyd Mayweather's ring return on May 5. There are several big fights out there for him, and we hope that we will have something to announce in the coming days," said Schaefer.
"We had no conversations with any other fighter since Floyd primary goal was to deliver the biggest fight possible, which would have been a fight against Manny Pacquiao. However, with Arum and Team Pacquiao refusing to even sit down with us at this point, we will have to move on."
Meanwhile, Pacquiao is set to resume his legislative work in congress after a short sojourn to his home province to be with his constituents.
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