RWR Friday Edition: Where is Manny Pacquiao?
- Updated: July 26, 2013
Since December 8, 2013, when former No. 1 fighter in the world Manny Pacquiao was stunningly knocked out by arch-rival Juan Manuel Marquez, all has been quiet on the U.S. front regarding Pacquiao.
Now on the heels of promoting his next bout, the United States will once again enter Pac-Mania.
Will it ever be the same again?
WHAT WE KNOW
Immediately following his loss to JMM, Pacquiao went ahead with a previously scheduled family visit to the Holy land of Israel, and then gingerly made his way back to the Philippines.
Pacquiao once again made political waves with another run in congress with his wife and another family member also campaigning, but rarely made a peep in the boxing world until recently with leaked reports from his homeland and the occasional tidbit on social media.
Now, eight months after the ‘knockout heard round the world’, Pacquiao will once again be state side to promote his November Macao, China based return bout against slugger Brandon Rios.
The official press conference begins in China, (it’s reported it will be the first ever face to face between the boxers) with a planned 23,722-mile worldwide media tour with stops in New York and Los Angeles.
WHAT WE DON’T KNOW
The million dollar question is what the eight division world champion has left in the ring. Some already see Rios as a bad match up, with the potential for Rios to reenact the same outcome of the Marquez fight.
Lord knows the young Mexican has the pop to do it, and it will be interesting to see if Pacquiao is gun-shy coming off a knockout loss; not an uncommon trait in the boxing world.
If Pacquiao falls yet again, just where does he go from here?
WHAT WE DO KNOW – PART II
Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach has been quoted as saying if Rios knocks out Pacquiao, then its retirement time.
A large majority of the boxing world will of course want the same, but there’s one thing that will hold off any retirement until at least 2015.
It is reported that Pacquiao is signed down to Top Rank until the end of 2014, so in any event, let’s even say a Rios knockout, followed by JMM/Pac V in 2014 with another Pacquiao loss, even in that worst comes to worst scenario, we will still be seeing Pacquiao for at least the next two New Years countdowns.
It’s the quality of Pacquiao that we will see that is the question, and that answer will only come on November 23.