By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao is not in a rush to name his choice for opponent on Oct. 17. “I just want to enjoy my free time with my family and friends,” Pacquiao told Fightnews over the weekend. “Boxing is not among the things that I think about a lot these days.” Told about statements delivered the past few days by prospective foes Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley, Pacquiao just shrugged it off, saying he has all the time in the world to wait what’s going to happen in the next several weeks.
Mayweather is the more vocal and brash between the two, bragging that in the event he faces the phenomenal Filipino puncher, there’s no doubt in his mind that he will emerge victorious to prove that he is indeed the true holder of the mythical title of pound-for-pound king.
Mosley also took the spotlight by coming out with a statement on Friday that he is willing to agree on a catchweight so a Pacquiao fight can be done. Mosley told Snow Badua of Teledyaryo that he is willing to go down to 144 lbs for a Pacquiao fight to take place.
Pacquiao smiled when asked about the eagerness of Mayweather and Mosley to land a Pacman fight. “I think it’s because I bring a lot of excitement to all of my fights,” said Pacquiao, who is still reaping the benefits of his colossal second-round knockout of Ricky Hatton last May 2.
Pacquiao, 30, said he will wait until the third week of July to make a decision as to who he will anoint as his next rival.
“In the meantime, I will just enjoy the others do the fighting then I will come up with a decision,” said Pacquiao.
Two key fights are on tap in the next seven weeks beginning with the June 13 clash at Madison Square Garden in New York between Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico against Joshua Clottey of Ghana.
Pacquiao will be in attendance not only to size up Cotto but to provide morale boost to Rodel Mayol, who will fight for the World Boxing Organization minimumweight crown on the undercard.
Pacquiao also plans to be at ringside to watch Mayweather deal with Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico on July 18 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao is presently in his hometown of General Santos City either doing outreach programs or playing basketball.