Pacquiao will fight in May, not April 12

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Manny Pacquiao is in a quandary as to the date of his next fight.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has penciled the date April 12, 2014 and Pacquiao approved it until somebody very dear to him asked him not to proceed.

You see, Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee is due to give birth to their fifth child “in the second week of April,” according to the Filipino fighter, who is now looking at the possibility that his return to the ring be moved to a later date.

Told that Floyd Mayweather is scheduled to fight on May 3 in Las Vegas, Pacquiao grinned and said “that would be a perfect date.”

Mayweather is shopping for an opponent and British Amir Khan and Argentine Marcos Maidana are said to be the frontrunners to land a lucrative payday although Pacquiao’s name continues to be mentioned.

Mayweather had said a couple of weeks ago that Pacquiao is a possibility although the brash US puncher dismissed it a few days later owing to Pacquiao’s association with Arum’s Top Rank Inc.

“I will never deal with Arum,” said Mayweather, who used to be promoted by the 82-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer, before they parted ways.

Pacquiao said he remains interested in facing Mayweather to prove once and for all who is the better man between the current holder of the mythical pound-for-pound title and the former claimant to the throne.

“That would be a great fight, a great matchup,” said Pacquiao following a sumptuous dinner at his Forbes Park residence.

Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz is currently in the US working to pave the way for his much-awaited fight in 2014.

While he doesn’t show it, Pacquiao is much more interested in meeting Mayweather rather than Juan Manuel Marquez or Tim Bradley.

Besides, he is now not-so-hot on the idea of fighting on April 12.

“Jinkee asked me to wait until she gives birth,” added Pacquiao, who has informed Arum about Jinkee’s delivery date.

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