By Edward Chaykovsky
Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38KOs) could return as early as late-February or March of next year, according to the boxer's adviser Michael Koncz.
Pacquiao is still recovering after suffering an injury to his right shoulder in the May 2nd decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pacquiao had surgery four days after the fight.
Koncz says Pacquiao is recovering quicker than expected but likely not fast enough to have a fight by the end of this year.
“We have actually sent videos of Manny’s activities to his doctor in the US,” said Koncz to the Manilla Bulletin. “It’ll be next year, late-February or March."
Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, has discussed the idea of having the Filipino star headline a major show in Dubai. Amir Khan's name has been mentioned as a possible opponent.
On the American side, rising star Terence Crawford has been mentioned as a possible opponent. Crawford is rising in the ranks and captured world titles at lightweight and junior welterweight. Crawford is expected to return to the ring on October 24th on HBO.