Assuming he takes the sting out of Brandon Rios late this month in Macau, expect Manny Pacquiao to resurface in April 2014.
Top Rank head Bob Arum said Pacquiao “wants to fight in April (next year)” in the event the Filipino survives the roughousing Mexican-American in their scheduled 12-round welterweight rumble at The CotaiArena.
Still, Arum said Pacquiao is not looking past Rios, saying he had never seen Pacquiao so determined and focused in training since he faced Oscar Dela Hoya in 2008.
Arum said a rematch with Tim Bradley looks like the most feasible option for Pacquiao’s 2014 debut.
But everything will depend on the outcome of his faceoff with Rios.
Rios has also been making heads turn in his training camp in Oxnard, California, under Robert Garcia.
“I am coming to win and I am going for the kill,” said Rios, who will earn a little more than $4 million.
Pacquiao, who turns 35 on Dec. 17, is assured of a $20 million payday.