It goes without saying that Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming November showdown against Brandon Rios is extremely important. Breaking a two-fight losing streak, particularly given how brutal that second defeat was, would be vital for anyone. Along the same lines, in boxing, where you fight once every few months, it’s not like you can just forget about your most recent loss a day later the way you can in basketball or baseball. It takes months to get the taste of a poor showing out of your mouth.
The main reason why Pacquiao’s bout with Rios is important, though, is because it essentially sets the stage for the rest of the Filipino champ’s career. If he loses, he’s done. No more fighting – ever. Freddie Roach, his trainer, has said this much in recent months. However, if Pacquiao wins, then a whole plethora of opportunities become available for him. A showdown against Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the most obvious one, but it’s not the only one.
During a recent interview with the Philippine Star, Pacquiao’s legal advisor, Franklin Gacal, indicated that a 2014 match in the Philippines is an option that is on the table.
“It’s still possible. The possibility is open,” he said.
“There are talks although there’s nothing concrete. May mga gusto,” he added.
Pacquiao will be fighting outside of the United States for the first time in seven years this November. He cited tax reasons as his main reason for avoiding a fight on American soil, and if that’s true, it would make sense for him to seek out other international venues.
“Anything can happen next year,” Gacal said.
Yes, anything can happen next year – presuming Pacquiao gets past Rios this year.