Recovering from surgery on a torn rotator cuff will be tough enough on seven-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao without the Filipino having to watch on whilst rival Floyd Mayweather takes on an alternative challenger this September.
Pacquiao, 36, has been informed by doctors that he will be unlikely to be able to have full use of his right shoulder until at least the beginning of 2016, leaving the ‘Pacman’ facing up to a year-long spell out of action and in no mans land regarding his fighting future.
Add to that the possibility that the Congressman may require a warm-up fight to get back in the swing of things, that could mean Pacquiao would even miss out on any rematch u-turn to face Mayweather on his 50th bout on May 7th of next year. ‘Money’ extending his career to 51 fights to accommodate a lucrative second clash with Pacquiao seems a highly unlikely prospect at the moment.
As the lawsuits from disgruntled fans are piling up against both fighters from the fallout of Pacquiao’s ailment announcement, the pair may solely require another battle to fully feel the benefit of their mammoth payday earlier this month. Payouts in legal fees and damages are a strong possibility, especially for Pacquaio who has already had his fair share of troubles with the taxman.
In fairness to Pacquiao, it’s hard to imagine Mayweather would be able to resist being handed another nine-figure check in his dressing room after seeing the delight upon him receiving the first one on May 2, and in all likeliness I’d predict a rematch is still favoured 60-40 to go ahead.
Whether that will be in a year, or a year and a half is entirely up to Pacquiao’s recovery and whether going through the motions in training and sparring will be enough to prepare him for another instalment with the pound for pound king.
Mayweather is already being closely linked to an encounter with Briton Amir Khan for his next fight on September 12 in Las Vegas as Pacquiao keeps his head down and works on his recuperation before a potential meeting with either the following year.