By Ryan Burton
In an article that ran on BoxingScene.com on Thursday morning, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum stated that former eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao would like to return to the ring if his duties as a newly elected senator will afford him the necessary time needed to conduct a full training camp.
The 84-year-old promoter said that Pacquiao should know in about a week if he will be able to continue his career. In the event he decides to fight on, Arum is targeting October for his return and said that they are discussing different possible opponents.
Golden Boy Vice President Eric Gomez recently told BoxingScene.com's Steve Kim that he heard a deal is already in place for the Filipino to face former four-division champion Adrien Broner which Arum vehemently denied.
If Pacquiao does decide to return, the wheels are already in motion regarding the undercard and a fight that was proposed for June 11th on HBO would likely land on the pay-per-view televised portion of the card.
Jose Felix Jr. (33-1-1) recently told BoxingScene.com that he believes 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian Felix Verdejo (22-0) is ducking him and that is why he received a lowball offer for the June date. It turns out the Sinaola, Mexico native may get his wish and on a much bigger platform than expected.
"We are going to do that fight. That would be a great fight to put on, if Pacquiao comes back in October - to put them on that card," Arum told BoxingScene.com.
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