MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao is eager and aching to return to the ring, perhaps sooner than what people very close to him want.
Pacquiao said he’ll be ready to fight again in April, which is just four months after he was knocked out cold in Las Vegas.
His trainer, Freddie Roach, and his promoter, Bob Arum, want Pacquiao to wait until September. His wife, Jinkee, wants him to retire.
But Pacquiao, the fighter, may have other plans.
“I can still do it,” he said.
“We will rise again,” added Pacquiao’s words just days after he suffered a scary knockout against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez.
But if you ask Floyd Mayweather Sr., that’s easier said than done.
“You don’t come back from knockouts like that and think that you’ll still be great again,” Floyd Sr. told Brad Cooney of 8countnews.com.
Floyd Sr. is certainly not a Pacquiao fan, and has said many things about the Filipino superstar.
He once said Pacquiao “fights like an amateur” and he didn’t sound surprised with the outcome of Pacquiao’s fourth fight with Marquez.
But he found the fight, which came to a screeching halt in the sixth round after Marquez caught Pacquiao with a right to the chin, exciting.
“That was exciting. It was great, and my thing is I have said some things in the past. Sometimes people do things and it comes back to bite them.
“You saw how hard he went down. It is what it is,” added Floyd Sr.
Floyd Sr. maintained that his son, Floyd Jr. is the best.
“You don’t win for that long and not be considered a bad ass. There ain’t many people that you know that beat that many people without even getting hurt,” he said of the undefeated champion.
“Yes, you can’t argue with those stats. Joe Louis had the title for 11 years and my son has surpassed that. Right now I think it’s about 17 years that Floyd has had the title.”
Last week, Oscar dela Hoya said the same thing about Pacquiao.
“History shows that it’s impossible to (fully) come back (from that kind of a knockout),” Dela Hoya told www.boxingscene.com.
“Psychologically he is always going to feel that punch. He will be doubting himself (and telling himself), ‘Can I do this again,?” said Dela Hoya.
Boxing’s golden boy has been there before, when he was stopped by Pacquiao after eight rounds in December 2008.
Dela Hoya was never the same again.