With Floyd Mayweather walking off into the sunset with his 49-0 record fully intact, one half of the sport’s two biggest stars is gone.
The other half is closer to making his return, however.
Manny Pacquiao hasn’t stepped into the ring since his long-awaited showdown with Mayweather this past May. Highly anticipated to be Mayweather’s toughest outing, the bout ended up disappointing many fans worldwide. Pacquiao, as it turned out, wasn’t 100 percent heading into the blockbuster affair.
The Filipino star had surgery on his injured shoulder several days after the Mayweather fight. Now, about four months later, it seems as if Pacquiao is ready to get back at it.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told BoxingScene:
“Pacquiao is apparently getting an MRI in the Philippines this week. He’s sending it to [a surgeon in the United States] for an evaluation,” He claims the shoulder is completely healed and he has absolutely no pain or soreness or anything from the operation.”
Pacquiao said he’s interested in fighting no later than April, Arum revealed.
But it won’t be that easy, if Arum has anything to do with it. According to the fight promoter, he won’t even think about setting up a Pacquiao fight until “Pac-Man” is fully cleared by one of his own doctors, Dr. Neal ElAttrache.