There is still no word on what Manny Pacquiao plans to do in the future, at least when it comes to his boxing career.
He briefly retired last April, after dominating Timothy Bradley in their trilogy fight. He came back last November, in winning the WBO welterweight title by defeating Jessie Vargas.
Then Pacquiao returned to action this past July, and suffered an upset decision loss to Jeff Horn before a crowd of over 51,000 at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
Pacquiao then exercised his rematch clause with Horn, and planned to face him this coming November.
But then the Filipino star withdrew, citing conflicts with his political work schedule as a senator in the Philippines.
There was also an offer on the table for Pacquiao to fight unified junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford.
Pacquiao has not come out with any hints on what he intends to do next. For the moment he is engaged in his political career and hasn't made any statements on when he plans to fight again.
Even his promoter, Top Rank President Todd DuBoef, has no idea if his boxer plans to fight again.
DuBoef made it clear that neither Horn or Crawford will wait around for Pacquiao to make a decision. They are moving forward with their careers. Crawford is already scheduled to make his welterweight debut in early 2018, and Horn will return in December in a voluntary defense against Gary Corcoran of the UK.
There is already a plan being formulated to see Crawford and Horn eventually fight each other by the end of next year.
“I think it’s wait and see. Right now he’s predominantly consumed with his job of being a politician and I think probably the best thing to do is wait and see what he wants to do and what his intention is and how he wants to proceed," DuBoef told Boxing News.
“Because now he’s an elected official, he’s there for the people, that’s his primarily role. We are sitting here. We wait for him to let us know what his intentions are and what he feels like doing and then we go from there.”
“Horn’s not waiting for Pacquiao and Terence Crawford’s not waiting for Pacquiao. The welterweight division is a wonderful division, all these guys are wonderful athletes. They’re not going to wait on guys. If he wants to dedicate himself to the people in the Philippines, that’s what his duty is, that’s what he should do and if he wants to come back and have a fight in the fall or the spring, winter, whatever it is, obviously we love working with him and his team and facilitating his boxing career."