Promoter Bob Arum says that Manny Pacquiao's "retirement" is going to be short-lived, indeed, as the fighter plans to return in the fall, with a date of October 29 or November 5 likely for the 38-year-old Filipino superstar.
Pacquiao (58-6-2, 30 KO) is now a Senator in the Philippines, and lost fought on April 9, defeating Timothy Bradley Jr by decision in the third bout between the two. Pay-per-view numbers were low for that fight, and we are clearly past the era of Pacquiao being able to sell huge numbers just on his own reputation, so if everyone wants a big fight, the opponent will have to be someone fresh that the public wants to see.
That won't be Adrien Broner, according to Arum, who says the brash Cincinnati fighter wants too much money to do the fight. The only two names that really stick out at welterweight, who will be available (as of now) on 10/29 or 11/5, are WBC titleholder Danny Garcia and WBA titleholder Keith Thurman. Both of them are with Al Haymon, but Haymon and Arum worked together on Mayweather-Pacquiao, and Arum has said he's open to working more with Haymon in the future.
The biggest possibility, however, could be Jessie Vargas, the WBO titleholder who is promoted by Top Rank, and who missed out on a unification bout with IBF titleholder Kell Brook. Vargas' dance card is open, and a Pacquiao fight would be big for him. It would also be billed as a world title fight. It's not the biggest event, but it's credible.