Former world champion Emmanuel "Manny" Rodriguez began preparing for what will be his next engagement in the ring.
The Puerto Rican boxer is scheduled to face another former world champion, Luis "Panterita" Nery of Mexico, on November 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rodriguez had agreed to face Rau´shee Warren in a bantamweight eliminator, but the United States Olympian withdrew after he suffered a hand injury. It was then when Nery's name came up.
This past May, the Puerto Rican was knocked out by Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue in a semi-final round of the World Boxing Super Series.
The winner of Nery-Rodriguez will secure the right to challenge Nordine Oubaali, current world champion of the World Boxing Council (WBC). However, Oubaali will first has to walk away with the belt when he makes a defense against Takuma Inoue on November 7 in Saitama, Japan.
"Manny wants the fight against Nery," said Juan Orengo, Rodriguez's promoter, to Carlos Gonzalez.
“There are no reasons to say no. That is what needs to be done, good and important fights. Manny is 27 years old and people want don't him to make easy fights. To be a world champion, there are ways to get there. Be accommodated or fight. Manny wants to fight.”
“Manny is completely healthy. He didn't take a lot of punches, he mostly went down. He has been a boxer since he was eight years old. He is already training and will be quartered next week in Puerto Rico,” concluded Orengo.
Nery occupies the first place in the WBC rankings and returns to the ring after achieving a knockout win over Juan Carlos Payano. Prior to that, he beat Puerto Rican contender McJoe Arroyo in March.