Manny Pacquiao will take some time off before returning to the ring, his Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said.
After watching Floyd Mayweather frustrate his No. 1 fighter, Arum told scribes that Pacquiao won’t be ready to make a comeback fight, one that is aimed at resurrecting his career, by September.
Pacquiao has a contract with Top Rank that will run until the end of next year and it is likely he and Arum will join hands to fulfill the obligation.
It is unclear, however, if Arum would bring Pacquiao back to Macau, where the Filipino star has fought twice (2013 and 2014) as the former Portuguese colony is experiencing a low turnout of Chinese tourist arrival from the mainland.
In 2013, Pacquiao mauled Brandon Rios after back-to-back losses suffered to Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
At around the same time in 2014, Pacquiao was matched against Chris Algieri and he won handily on points.
Amir Khan, his former sparring partner, has been mentioned as a possible foe but the British pride is set to battle Algieri on May 30, leaving Pacquiao with no choice but to wait for further developments.
Mayweather said he will resurface in mid-September for his last fight and it doesn’t look like the pound-for-pound king is keen on a rematch with Pacquiao.
Rock-hard Marcos Maidana of Argentina, who lost two straight against Mayweather last year, could be a potential foe.
Another Argentinian, Lucas Mathysse, who recently outlasted Ruslan Provodnikov, might also be tapped.
Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico is also a possibility although the master boxer has not been cleared to fight owing to a recurring knee injury.
But nothing will take shape in the coming weeks and first couple of months.
The only thing certain is that there won’t be a massive victory parade in Manila anytime soon as envisioned by Arum.
FLOYD IGNORES JEERS IN MOMENT OF TRIUMPH
Meantime, Mayweather shrugged off the jeers which greeted his victory over Manny Pacquiao and wasted no time in taunting his detractors.
After hugging his father and trainer Floyd Sr, the unbeaten welterweight king clambered onto the ropes of the ring, banged his fist on his chest and declared to the crowd: “I told you! I told you!”
It was a swift return to the brash persona Mayweather has perfected over the years, and which had been mostly hidden during the build up to the bout, prompting some observers to wonder about his state of mind.
In fact, Mayweather was intent on giving a star-studded audience packed with sports and entertainment giants a masterclass of defensive skill and pinpoint accuracy as he extended his record to 48-0.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks