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Manny Pacquiao planning September return to boxing

Manny Pacquiao says he won't be back immediately, but is looking to fight in September, giving himself a nine-month break from the ring.

Jeff Bottari
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Manny Pacquiao's personal and political lives remain busy, but as a fighter, he's been very quiet since his earth-shaking sixth round KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December. But Pacquiao has spoken, and says he is going to fight in September:

"Tell them [the fans] to be patient. Bob Arum [promoter of Top Rank boxing] and myself have been talking and will continue talking," Pacquiao told the Manila Standard.

"What is definite is they'll see me fight again come September. Not April nor immediately after that as speculations are going. Tell the public that it won't be long before I make them happy again when I fight."

Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO) has officially lost two straight fights for the first time in his career, but last June's decision defeat against Timothy Bradley was controversial, to say the least. The Marquez loss, however, was quite definitive.

Pacquiao, now 34, does want to face Marquez a fifth time, but Marquez has said repeatedly he's not interested. Other potential foes include Bradley and Brandon Rios, should Rios win on Saturday against Mike Alvarado.

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