Fan favorite and international boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao has made the decision to fight once again in September 2013, according to Eddie Alinea of The Manila Standard Today. The potential fight would come less than a year after his brutal December 2012 knockout loss to longtime foe Juan Manuel Marquez.
Instead of rushing back for an April bout that could possibly put his long-term health at risk, the 34-year-old will wait until later in the year before stepping in the ring again. Pacquiao told Alinea about his view of the speculation surrounding him and what he wants the fans to know:
Tell them to be patient. Bob Arum and myself have been talking and will continue talking. What is definite is they’ll see me fight again come September. Not April nor immediately after that as speculations are going. Tell the public that it won’t be long before I make them happy again when I fight. Tell them, too, that I appreciate very much their concern over my well-being when I lost by KO to Marquez and during the debate whether to fight in April. I treasure their concern and prayers that I recover quickly from my knockout loss. I want everyone to know that I am well and fully recovered. Thank you very much for everyone’s prayers