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article imageManny Pacquiao in NY for award, to return to ring early in 2016

By Marcus Hondro     Oct 13, 2015 in Sports
Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao is in New York where he accepted an award Tuesday night and while there he told media he will be ready to fight again early in 2016. He did not confirm an opponent but talked about fighting a boxer who is also a friend..
Asia Society Award
Pacquiao received an award from the Asia Society on Tuesday and that was the focus of his trip. The Asia Society is a non-profit group that seeks to help form "closer ties between Asia and the West through arts, education, policy and business outreach."
At a reception at the United Nations in New York the 36-year-old boxer was honoured with the society's 'Asia Game Changer of the Year Award' for his humanitarian work. Pacquiao is a member of the House of Representatives in the Philippines and works tirelessly for his country. He recently said he may run for the Senate there or even the presidency.
Pacquiao vs. Khan
At a press conference on Monday he was asked about his shoulder — which he hurt while training for his fight last May with Floyd Mayweather — and his boxing plans. For those who want to see him fight at least one more time the news from the Pacman was good.
"My shoulder is 80 to 90 percent healed and I believe I can start training in November or December," Pacquiao said "So I can fight early next year."
He was asked about fighting U.K. boxer Amir Khan — American Terance Crawford is also in the mix — who expressed an interest in fighting him. While he and Khan are friends Pacquiao said it does not mean they won't fight.
"It's not final yet that he's my next opponent, but Amir Khan, we're friends, but although we're friends...when we're doing our job in the ring, I mean, there is no friend," he said. "You know what I mean? Nothing is personal, just doing your job and that's our sport. That's our sport. We allow each other to hit each other."
Mayweather rematch?
And what of Floyd Mayweather? Well, after Mayweather beat Pacquiao he fought and beat Andre Berto and then retired from boxing with a record of 49-0. However, Pacquiao, 57-6-2, is on record as saying he would like to have another shot at Mayweather.
Some boxing analysts believe Mayweather will come out of retirement for a rematch with Pacquiao, and that he has planned it that way. The gate might be too tempting for both; for their bout they split about $300 million, Mayweather getting 60 percent, Pacquiao 40 percent.
While a rematch would not generate that kind of money it would produce a princely sum. If it should happen Pacquiao's shoulder will be ready to go.
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