Philippines boxing icon Manny Pacquiao posted a photo of himself in training on social media and had the world guessing who his next opponent could be.
Less than two months after defeating previously unbeaten Keith Thurman at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the 40-year-old fighting senator from Sarangani province was working up a sweat again as he trained on a double end bag. The photo had more than 100,000 likes within 20 hours of being posted on Instagram.
Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) was smiling in the photo but didn’t offer any words with the image, leaving millions of his fans guessing why the WBA super welterweight champion would hit the gym in full boxing gear just seven and a half weeks after beating Thurman by split decision.
If Pacquiao does fight again early next year, it won’t be against Floyd Mayweather Jnr, who has reportedly negotiated a deal with the Mission Hills Group in Haikou, Hainan, to fight an exhibition on the mainland next year. Details of the bout will be announced on September 18 for Mayweather’s “first fight in China”.