By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao’s Senate calendar in the first half of 2020 will allow the boxing star to make a ring return in March or April, according to the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight king.
“I can fight in March, April because the Senate will be on break during that time,” said Pacquiao, who retained his WBA 147-lb crown for the first time by beating previously-undefeated Keith Thurman last July in Las Vegas.
The Senate will be on recess from March 14 to May 3.
American fight agent Sean Gibbons, the man tasked by Pacquiao to hold talks with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), reveals there is no definite date yet although some of the senator’s staff floated a date: April 11.
Gibbons admits offers from everywhere is keeping Pacquiao from committing right away.
“He will fight in the first quarter (of 2020) but there is no date yet,” said Gibbons, adding that a Middle East group is muddling things up.
Pacquiao was in Dubai last September for a basketball gig and it was there a group raised the possibility of bringing him over to the Middle East to fight.
Pacquiao is under contract with Haymon’s PBC and among those being eyed to face him in 2020 are Danny Garcia and Mikey Garcia, who are not related to each other.
Recently, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach said he would prefer Danny as Pacquiao’s opponent, citing that Mikey is coming off a loss, and is, therefore, not an attractive foe.