By Edward Chaykovsky
Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38KOs) is back in the hunt after dominating Brandon Rios over twelve rounds in Macau, China. Pacquiao snapped a two-fight losing streak. In 2012, Pacquiao lost a controversial twelve round split decision to Timothy Bradley and then he was knocked out cold in the sixth round by Juan Manuel Marquez last December.
Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum announced April 12th as the next return date for Pacquiao, and this time he is going to fight on American soil. A Las Vegas venue is likely.
The Filipino star would not reveal his targets, but his trainer Freddie Roach was more than happy to reveal the boxers he wants Pacquiao to fight. At the top of the list is undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr., but that fight is the most unlikely of the bunch.
“Personally, I want Marquez but the thing is I can’t be sure if we can get him to fight us. Bradley is there. Obviously Mayweather is a guy we want," Roach said.
Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum told reporters that he plans to sit down with Pacquiao to discuss the options for April.
“We’ll sit down and we’ll figure it out. If you figure something out in light of a big victory, you usually make the wrong decision. We’ll talk to Manny, we’ll talk to Freddie but I know that we are tentatively scheduled for April 12, hopefully in the United States," Arum said.