• Welterweight

Pacquiao camp claim Marquez and Bradley snub

ESPN staff
May 3, 2013
Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring in November, all months after his last fight © Getty Images

Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring on November 24 in Macau, the welterweight's advisor Michael Koncz confirmed and also hinted the Filipino could box in London before retiring.

'Pac Man' has not fought since his December 2012 loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and is currently in the Philippines facing election for congress on May 13.

However, Koncz revealed they had made an offer for a potential fifth bout with Marquez and had also approached WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley about the chance to fight 34-year-old Pacquiao without putting his title on the line.

Both refused the offers to face Pacquiao before agreeing to fight each other in Las Vegas in September.

Koncz stated the search for a new opponent has started, but there is no rush to decide who Pacquiao will fight in China.

"We're still in the process of trying to negotiate the opponent," Koncz told iFilm London. "We made offers to Marquez for $13 million and then I made an offer to Bradley for $6 million and we weren't going to fight for the title, so Bradley win or lose would still be the WBO champion.

"For some reason they neglected to bite and negotiate with us, so they're fighting each other. We've confirmed that we will be fighting November 24 and we've also confirmed we will be fighting in Macau, China but the opponent we're still working on.

"Hopefully in another week or so we will have confirmed that but there's no real rush because it's not until November."

Koncz also stated that Pacquiao wants to fight in England, after experiencing a positive reception when over in the UK to promote his 2009 bout with Ricky Hatton.

"We remember, when we fought Ricky Hatton, the reception that we got when we came to London to do the press tour," Koncz added. "Manny and I have talked about it, we want to fight in different countries and London is certainly an option.

"We'd like to end up, before Manny retires, fighting in England."

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