MANILA – Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao is already mapping out his ring return following his shocking loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last December.
Pacquiao’s legal adviser Franklin Gacal told The Philippine Star’s Abac Cordero that the Filipino boxer wants to make his ring return in April.
But Gacal said they won't let Pacquiao go up against Marquez just yet.
“April is too early for that. We will get there. Manny needs to fight someone else to rebuild his confidence,” he said.
|Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (L) and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico pose ahead of their bout in Las Vegas at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City September 21, 2012. Pacquiao will return to the ring on December 8 for a fourth battle against Marquez, according to the fight's promoters. Photo by Tomas Bravo, REUTERS
If the results are good, Gacal said they can arrange a fifth face-off between Pacquiao and Marquez in September.
“First, he wants to fight in April,” he said.
Meanwhile, Fred Sternburg, Top Rank’s publicist, clarified that Pacquiao’s mandatory suspension following his sixth-round knockout last December will only last for 90 days.
Earlier reports indicated that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) had meted Pacquiao a 120-day mandatory suspension as a result of the devastating knockout.
But Sternburg clarified that the suspension will run only up to March 9, 2013 or 90 days after the fight.
The no-contact order will be up to February 7, 2013 or 60 days after the fight.
“Hope this clears things up,” said Sternburg.