Manny Pacquiao: 4 reasons Pac shouldn't fight Nov 5
It's been reported by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum that eight division world champion and Philippines Senator Manny Pacquiao may cut his retirement short and return to the ring in just three months.
While a Pacman comeback may be the appropriate course of action for Top Rank, Inc, it may not be the best thing for the 37 year old fighter, the HBO platform, as well as the overall health of boxing.
Here are some reasons why Manny Pacquiao should make his triumphant return to ring sometime next year instead of a proposed November 5th date.
1) Saturated PPV Market - Despite still being one of the biggest stars of boxing, the Pacman's market value has diminished since his disappointing loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May of 2015. And although a suggested match-up against current WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas could be a very entertaining one, the pairing isn't as attractive as the elite level PPV event between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, already scheduled for a November 19th date; two weeks subsequent to the projected bout between Pacquiao/Vargas. In a time when the PPV platform isn't prospering compared to years past, staging an event during the Spring of 2017 could prove to be much more lucrative for all parties involved.
2) Too soon after announcing retirement - After defeating Timothy Bradley for the second time in April of this year, Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement from the sport of boxing to pursue a full-time career in politics as a Senator of his beloved Philippines. Because the announcement was just four months ago, fight fans may believe the retirement plans weren't genuine and the suggestion of "Pacquiao's final fight" was merely a ploy to help generate PPV purchases, should the Pacman return to the ring in November. A premature comeback could end up being a financial disaster for Top Rank and HBO.
3) Focus isn't on Boxing - It's currently being reported by several respected periodicals that Senator Pacquiao hasn't missed one session of the Philippines Senate since being elected into office in May, and has apparently made his role as public servant his greatest priority. Because Manny would have to juggle his training schedule around his current duties as Senator, the Pacman may not be as prepared as he should be for the very confident WBO Welterweight champion, Jessie Vargas. Perhaps Manny's schedule could lighten up a bit next year.
4) More lucrative options could open up later this year - While most fight fans and boxing writers are currently banging the drum to see an elite level showdown between Pacquiao and current WBC/WBO Super Lightweight Champion Terence Crawford, the match-up would exclusively appeal to fans of the die-hard nature. And a pairing opposite Jessie Vargas doesn't even appeal to the aforementioned demographic. Because anything can and often does happen within the sport of boxing, public sentiment could dramatically change with one great performance.
Perhaps if Errol Spence puts forth an awe inspiring effort later this month, fans may start pining for a super match-up against the Filipino icon at 147 pounds. Also, should Kell Brook pull off the improbable upset when he faces Gennady Golovkin next month, a match-up between Pacquiao and Special K could be a financial blockbuster!! The winner of the September 24 tangle between Danny Garcia and Andre Berto could also be an attractive pairing with the Pacman, depending on how the fight plays out next month.