Manny Pacquiao addressing his friends at his victory party. Photo by Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao has decided to enjoy the holidays with his family first before getting down to business of choosing who will be his next opponent.
The boxing superstar was treated to a victory party by his friend and patron, Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis Chavit Singson, on Saturday night, enjoying the company of his close friends from politics and show business.
Upon his arrival at the Metrotent Convention Center in Ortigas, where the victory party was held, he was immediately asked about his next foe.
“Wala pa,” was his short response.
His business adviser, Michael Koncz made a more elaborate explanation on what they are currently doing regarding his client’s next fight.
Koncz said he already met Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, in the US about the boxer’s remaining options for the April 12 bout.
“I met with Arum last week, he gave me a proposal. I already had a brief conversation with Manny but it’s Christmas time, New Year’s time,” said Pacquiao’s Canadian associate. “We’re gonna enjoy the holidays, Manny’s enjoying time with his family.”
Koncz said they will immediately go back to work in January and make concrete steps to finalize the details of Pacquiao’s next fight.
“At the first of the year, Manny and I will sit down, seriously talk about what we wanna do, who we wanna fight. And then I’ll relay that to Arum,” said Koncz.
Among the top prospects for Pacquiao’s next bout are WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and Russian fighter Ruslan Provodnikov.
Already out of the equation are Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
When asked about Mayweather’s series of “funny tweets” about him, Pacquiao said he is pleased that he remains in the American boxer’s mind.
“Ang akin lang ay pasalamat ako at lagi n’ya akong naaalala. Mahalaga pala ako sa kanya,” he quipped.
But when asked if he’s still willing to fight Mayweather despite failed attempts to arrange their super bout, he said: “Anytime, naghihintay lang naman tayo.”