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Manny Pacquiao: All Options on Table, Including Mayweather

Manny Pacquiao will fight again in the fall, but will Juan Manuel Marquez be his opponent?J
Manny Pacquiao will fight again in the fall, but will Juan Manuel Marquez be his opponent?JEthan Miller/Getty Images
Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2012

Despite his highly controversial loss to Timothy Bradley earlier this month, Manny Pacquiao is moving on with his future plans. 

In comments to BoxingScene.com Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum promised that Pacquiao would fight one more time in 2012 before hopefully moving on to two fights with Mayweather in 2013.

"Pacquiao will have another fight this year and then look forward to maybe fighting two fights with Mayweather next year," said Arum.

While being non-committal on who Pacquiao's foe would be in the fall, Arum did seem to rule out the superfight happening in November.

"I don't think anybody on Mayweather's side could commit him now for a fight because you don't understand how debilitating it is living in prison," Arum told BoxingScene.

While it's unclear who, or even if, Mayweather will fight in the fall, several names have been mentioned as possible foes for Pacquiao.

These include Timothy Bradley, who won a highly disputed decision over Pacquiao earlier this month, and Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time.

The public demand for a Bradley fight is limited at best, given the result of their previous encounter, so it seems at this stage that Marquez is the more likely opponent. 

But none of that has been decided yet, leaving the boxing public doing something they've been stuck with for the last several years. 

Hoping.

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