Manny Pacquiao's April Comeback: Manila Ruled Out
by Ronnie Nathanielsz
What appeared to be an overly ambitious plan for Manny Pacquiao to fight in Manila with WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire and WBO/WBC flyweight champion Brian Viloria on the same card on April 20 - has been scuttled.
Pacquiao himself has said the planned comeback fight will not take place in Manila.
Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz confirmed that should the fight push through - the venues being considered are Singapore, Macau and Abu Dhabi.
Top Rank president Todd duBeof visited Macau to discuss possibilities with the big hotel and casino operators in the gambling capital of Asia, while Koncz is preparing to speak to tourism officials in Singapore and representatives of the ruling family in Abu Dhabi.
Asked about possible opponents Koncz said “we have a list of nine possible opponents but will only discuss who Manny will fight after we have settled the issue of the venue.”
Under the original proposal from a Team Pacquiao member undefeated junior welterweight Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and welterweight Humberto Sotto were mentioned.
However, one of the front-runners appears to be Ukraine’s 35 year old Vyacheslav Senchenko, who has a record of 33-1 with 22 knockouts and scored a 9th round TKO over Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton in his comeback fight last November 24.
The Ukraine fighter sent Hatton into retirement for the second time in his career after the British fighter announced his retirement following his brutal 2nd round knockout at the hands of Pacquiao on May 2, 2009.
Also considered a leading prospect for Pacquiao is undefeated welterweight Jessie Vargas who has a record 9 knockouts in 22 wins.
Vargas, a 2008 Mexican Olympian is a protégé of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
[QUOTE=straightleft;12914346]Those who voted Pacquiao to retire were floydiots and Pac haters. They don't want Pacquiao to see avenge his loss and rise up once again. This is boxing and ever time they step in the ring their life is on…Comment by juandabomb on 01-14-2013
manny vs vargas with rios alvarado on the under card...guaranteed b.sComment by komandante on 01-14-2013
As long as he's with that pastor Pacquiao's boxing career is finished..Comment by check hook on 01-14-2013
That said i don't think any of those opponents mentioned represent much risk to Manny, though it would be embarrassing if he looked terrible against any of them. Personally i'd be pushing for him to take a year off then…Comment by check hook on 01-14-2013
Shows you how much Arum and Roach actually care about MP. They care more about the $$$$$$. He should sit out for a year.Post a Comment/View More User Comments (52)