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Manny Pacquiao Ends Retirement, Here's a List of Potential Opponents

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Manny Pacquiao loves the money, so we knew he wouldn’t be calling it quits that fast.

According to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, Pacquiao plans to fight again on either Oct. 29 or Nov. 5 on an HBO PPV card in Las Vegas per Bob Arum.

Arum said there is no set opponent but that it would not be rumored foe Adrien Broner, the outspoken former four-division titlist, because Broner’s asking price was a “crazy number.”

Although Pacquiao announced his retirement from boxing following a superb performance in a unanimous decision victory in this third fight against Timothy Bradley Jr. on April 9, few believed it would stick. And it hasn’t.

“Many wants to come back. The problem is he can only come back if it doesn’t interfere with his senate duties,” Arum said. “We had penciled him in for Oct. 15 at Mandalay Bay but we were informed that is no longer possible because he has to spend that week leading up to Oct. 15 formulating the budget in the senate and doing the votes.

“So he has to be there for that week, so that knocks out that week. He can’t mess around with that. So now we’re looking at Oct. 29 or Nov. 5. The question is building availability because we want to do the fight in Las Vegas.”

According to Rafael, possible opponents are junior welterweight titlist Terence "Bud" Crawford, whom Arum promotes and who would have to beat Viktor Postol on July 23 in their unification bout or Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs).

According to Rafael, despite talks of Manny being done, Arum had placed a hold on the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas for Pacquiao’s possible return.

-- Glenn Erby

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