Manny Pacquiao has delayed the announcement of his next opponent, in what is expected to his his final bout on April 9.
Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, had said earlier this week that the Filipino boxing legend’s next opponent would be revealed on cable network truTV on Friday evening.
Top Rank spokesman Fred Sternburg, however, stated on Friday that Pacquiao was still mulling over the decision.
‘I was asked to tell you on Bob’s behalf that, unfortunately, Top Rank will not have an announcement on truTV as originally planned as Manny is not ready to make a decision on his opponent yet,’ Sternburg told ESPN.
Arum claimed in October that Pacquiao will turn his attention to a political career after a fight during April of next year.
Arum added: ‘Manny told me this would be his last fight and I’m not sad about it because he’s going on to a political career which will require a lot of mental acuity, so you don’t want him to stay in boxing too long. If he stays in boxing a little too long his mental faculties might be somewhat impaired.’
Pacquiao has not been in the ring since his unanimous points decision defeat to Floyd Mayweather in May, one of three losses in his past six bouts