What's next for Manny Pacquiao?
Santino Honasan on Nov 07, 2016 01:09 PM
One more or no more? Who should Manny Pacquiao fight next? Or Should he be fighting again at all? (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
The return is in the books. Manny Pacquiao is once again a world champion.
So the next question on everyone's mind is, what's next?
At 37-years old, Pacquiao isn't exactly an up-and-comer anymore, but he showed against Jessie Vargas, Saturday night that he's still one of the best in the world.
There's also that thing about him being a senator in the Philippines, and the man himself said that he'd be coming back to work. But unlike his "retirement" bout back in April, Manny didn't exactly close any doors regarding another fight in the future.
"Regarding my next fight, I'll have to talk to Bob Arum," the new WBO welterweight champion said during his post-fight interview.
Obviously, there were a bunch of people who weren't too pleased with hearing Manny say "next fight", since they believe that he should finally hang his boots and gloves up for good and just focus on being a legislator.
In terms of boxing however, there's also a plethora of possibilities, should Pacman decide to fight again.
The first and probably the most popular option on fans' minds would be a rematch with the still-retired Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. Money Mayweather was at the Pacquiao-Vargas fight, which immediately jumpstarted the rumour-mills, since the 49-0 fighter has never been at a Pacquiao fight, aside from their meeting last year.
For Manny, a fight would Mayweather isn't being discussed yet, but it's also not out of the realm of possibility.
“Not only for myself, but if the fans in boxing want that rematch, then why not?” Pacquiao said, via Lance Pugmire of latimes.com. "“We can easily talk about that. It’s not a problem.”
The Mayweather-rematch would be the most popular choice, but it could also be the most unlikely, should Floyd Jr. maintain that he's retired.
There's also ultra-dominant lightweight Terence Crawford, who currently holds the WBO, WBC, Ring Magazine and lineal titles.
"Bud" was one of the names that floated around when Manny's return was being discussed, but Top Rank eventually went with Vargas.
When Stephen A. Smith asked Manny about dropping to 140 to face Crawford, the Filipino boxing legend said that it wouldn't be a problem for him.
Before rumours get going however, Crawford has a title-defense date with John Molina Jr. on December 10th.
Maybe Manny Pacquiao vs. Vasyl Lomachenko?
Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum, and even Pacquiao's long-time trainer Freddie Roach have been documented saying that they'd like to see Manny face the Urkainian WBO junior lightweight king, but Roach says it'll only happen if the fight is at 140-pounds.
Or maybe any one of the WBO's welterweight contenders?
Manny said during his post-fight speech that he'd take on any of the 147-pounders, which could possibly be the most likely scenario.
So what's it going to be for Manny? Floyd or Bud? Lomachenko maybe? Or should he finally say goodbye for boxing for good?
What do you guys think?