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article imagePacquiao not fighting this year

By Leo Reyes     Jun 25, 2015 in Sports
Former WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has confirmed that he won't be fighting this year contrary to earlier reports that he is looking at the possibility of a tune-up fight before the end of the year.
Pacquiao, who joined his Kia Carnival basketball team Wednesday for its final game in the elimination stage of the ongoing PBA Governor's Cup series, said he can't raise his hand yet despite the removal of his sling to support his arm following his recent surgery.
“Kahit na tinanggal na yung sling at maganda na ang pakiramdam ko, hindi ko pa rin pwedeng itaas ang kamay at braso ko. Hanggang paturo-turo lang at laro lang ng chess,” ( While the sling has already be removed and I am now feeling good, I still can't raise my hand. I can only point with my fingers and play chess," Pacquiao told Nick Giongko of Tempo.
Pacquiao's Kia Carnival team won its last game in the elimination against Meralco Bolts 85-83 Wednesday to stay in contention in the playoff but eventually lost the chance in favor of Barangay Genebra which bagged the last spot in the elimination.
Pacquiao is recuperating from his recent surgery to repair his injured shoulder rotator cuff while training for his super fight against Floyd Mayweather last May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
While Pacquiao is waiting for his wounds to heal, Mayweather is already preparing for his next fight scheduled for Sept. 12, possibly against Amir Khan, Andre Berto or Karim Mayfield.
Mayweather has repeatedly stated that he will retire from boxing right after his Sept. 12 fight. It will be his 49th pro fight and if he wins, he will share the spotlight with legendary American boxer Rocky Marciano, who retired with a spotless record of 49-0.
Pacquiao plans to return to the ring early next year.
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