Former eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao said Wednesday he was recovering well after surgery for a shoulder injury and hinted he was ready for a re-match with Floyd Mayweather.
“I’m ready to fight, next year,” he was quoted as saying by Viva.co.id upon his arrival in Semarang film a commercial for herbal medicine produt Tolak Angin.
He was asked whether he was ready for a re-match with Mayweather after their fight in May,
Pacquiao tore a rotator cuff in his right shoulder while on training and during the much-anticipated fight against Mayweather on May 2 and underwent surgery afterwards. Pacquiao lost the fight by unanimous decision.
“I’m fine. I can lift it,” Pacquiao said, gesturing with his right arm.
Several lawsuits have been filed against Pacquiao and his promoters for allegedly failing to disclose his shoulder injury before the fight against Mayweather, the most lucrative bout in history.
Reports in his home country, the Philippines, said that he was planning to visit a Philippine woman facing execution in Indonesia for drug trafficking.
Pacquiao, who also heads a Philippine parliamentary commission on migrant workers, appealed to Indonesian President Joko Widodo in April to show clemency to Veloso.
Meanwhile, ESPN reported that the WBO stripped Mayweather of his welterweight world title on Monday for his failure to comply with the organisation’s rules.
Mayweather, who holds two other alphabet welterweight world titles, missed the 4:30 p.m. ET Friday deadline by which he had to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee from the May 2 fight (for which he earned more than $220 million) and vacate the two junior middleweight titles he also holds, ESPN said.