Manny Pacquiao has announced his next opponent for what may be his final fight: Timothy Bradley.
Pac-Man is slated to fight the welterweight titleholder for a third time on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said Wednesday.
While Pacquiao has said it would be his last fight, as he focuses on politics in his native Philippines, Arum says he would not promote the bout as a career finale.
“I am not going to position this as his last fight,” Arum said. “It may very well be his last fight, but I won’t put myself in the position of selling it as his last fight and then he decides he wants to fight again and I look like a schmuck. I’m not sure it is his last fight, despite what he told me.”
Pacquiao returns to ring for the first time in 11 months, following the record-shattering fight with Floyd Mayweather in May. He fought through a shoulder injury and had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff following the bout.
The two previous fights between Pacquiao and Bradley are split. In June 2012, Bradley claimed a split-decision win in one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history. Then, in the April 2014 rematch, Pacquiao won a lopsided unanimous decision, dominating the fight as he did the first time.