Manny Pacquiao suspension set to rule out April return
The Nevada State Athletic Commission have confirmed to WBN that Manny Pacquiao will have to serve out a three month suspension on the back of his one-punch knockout loss against Juan Manuel Marquez.
The manner of the defeat brings the sanction into effect and almost certainly rules out any possibility of Congressman Pacquiao attempting to come back from the crushing loss on April 20th as planned previously by promoter Bob Arum.
“Because of the suspension due to the knockout and Manny’s upcoming campaign and elections in May and June, I don’t see him back in the ring before September,” publicist Fred Sternberg told World Boxing News.
The 33 year-old has been strongly linked with a redemption shot at Marquez in what will be an unprecedented fifth meeting between the two warriors, which by all accounts will now be the end of 2013 at the very least.
By that time, Marquez will be 40 years-old, and with the Mexican thought to be mulling over retirement with his wife, Pacquiao could conceivably fail in his bid to end the pulsating eight-year rivalry on a winning note.
If ‘Dinamita’ does decide to carry on, there are plenty of options for him to defend his WBO light-welterweight title before any lucrative fifth clash with Pacquiao, which may see Marquez on the higher end of the purse scale for the first time.