Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is ready to get back into the ring soon.
This as the 36-year-old Pacquiao announced Monday in New York that his surgically repaired shoulder is “80 to 90 percent healed” and he expects to start training again in a few weeks.
Although no opponent has been named yet, Pacquiao said he’s ready to start training for his next fight early next year in November or December.
“My shoulder is 80 to 90 percent healed and I believe I can start training in November or December. I can fight early next year. I can fight by March,” he said before reporters at the Asia Society in New York, whose Asia Game Changer award he is to receive at the United Nations on Tuesday.
It can be recalled that Pacquiao underwent surgery last May 7 to repair a right rotator cuff tear he sustained during his megabout with American pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas a few days before. Pacquiao injured his shoulder three weeks before the fight. He later said he aggravated it in the fourth round, when he landed some of his best punches of the night against Mayweather.
He admitted to wanting to go at it with Mayweather one more time, although he acknowledges the fact that the unbeaten American has hung up his gloves.
“If you ask me, of course, I want a rematch,” Pacquiao said. “I heard that he retired already. If he really retired, then there’s no rematch. But if not …”
Pacquiao announced last week that he is likely to retire after one more fight to focus on his political career. His camp is currently in talks with Britain’s Amir Khan about a possible fight in the early part of 2016.
Pacquiao, who was elected into Congress in 2010 and again in 2013, also recently confirmed his bid for a senatorial seat in the Philippines’ national elections in May 2016.
He turned pro when he was 16 years old and has won an unprecedented eight world titles in as many weight divisions and currently has a record of 57-6-2, with 38 KOs.