Report: Manny Pacquiao to return to the ring in late 2016

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Senator Manny Pacquiao Is Returning to the Boxing Ring

July 12 (Reuters) - Manny Pacquiao is planning to fight again later this year, just three months after announcing his retirement from boxing, ESPN reported on Tuesday.

Pacquiao, who said his win over Timothy Bradley in April was his final bout, would fight on Oct. 29 or Nov. 5 in Las Vegas against a yet-to-be-determined opponent, his promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.

Since Pacquiao's "farewell" bout three months ago, the 37-year-old former eight-division world boxing champion won a senate seat in the Philippines.

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According to the report, Arum had placed a hold on the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas for a possible Pacquiao return on Oct. 15 but the southpaw's responsibilities forced a change of plans.

"Manny wants to come back. The problem is he can only come back if it doesn't interfere with his senate duties," Arum said in the report.

"We had penciled him in for Oct. 15 at Mandalay Bay but we were informed that is no longer possible because he has to spend that week leading up to Oct. 15 formulating the budget in the senate and doing the votes.

"So he has to be there for that week, so that knocks out that week. He can't mess around with that. So now we're looking at Oct. 29 or Nov. 5. The question is building availability because we want to do the fight in Las Vegas."

Pacquiao's unanimous decision win over Bradley was his first fight in nearly a year after his loss to Floyd Mayweather. He had said he was bringing the curtain down on his career to concentrate on politics and his family.

Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz said in the report that the southpaw, while committed to politics, is happiest when he is in the ring.

"Manny's primary concern and obligation is to fulfill his senatorial duties," Koncz said.

"But he just misses (boxing). He misses the training. He misses being in the gym. You can see when he trains it's like a stress reliever for him. His mood changes. It's like he's in happy land," said Koncz.

"So I am working with Bob and Manny is working closely with the senate president to make sure the dates are OK. We're doing this properly."

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, hits Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez during a WBO welterweight title fight Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, hits Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez during a WBO welterweight title fight Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines celebrates after his victory over Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez during a WBO welterweight title fight Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of the U.S., left, exchange punches during their world welterweight title boxing match at the Venetian Macao in Macau, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he so desperately craved, battering Algieri around the ring at will Sunday on his way to a decision win in one of the most lopsided welterweight title fights imaginable. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines lands a right on the face of WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of the United States during their world welterweight title boxing match at the Venetian Macao in Macau, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Manny Pacquiao (R) hits Marco Antonio Barrera during the eighth round of their 12-round super featherweight bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 6, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won by unanimous decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Manny Pacquiao, of the Phillipines, is declared the victor, after his bout with Marco Antonio Barrera, of Mexico, during their super featherweight boxing match, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Referee Joe Cortez sends Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, to a neutral corner after Pacquiao knocked down Juan Manuel Marquez, of Mexico City, in the first round of their WBA and IBF world featherweight title fight Saturday, May 8, 2004 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)
Covered in blood from a gash over his eye, Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, walks back to his corner between rounds during his world super featherweight championship against Erik Morales, of Mexico, on Saturday, March 19, 2005, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Morales won by decision after twelve rounds. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Manny Pacquiao, left, of the Philippines, takes a swing at Erik Morales, of Mexico, during the 10th round of their super featherweight boxing match Saturday night, Jan. 21, 2006, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won when the fight was stopped in the 10th round. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Erik Morales, left, of Mexico kneels on the mat as referee Kenny Bayless, center, calls him outs while Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, goes to a neutral corner during the 10th round of their super featherweight boxing match, Saturday night, Jan. 21, 2006, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Erik Morales, of Mexico, throws a left hand at Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, in the ninth round of their world super featherweight championship on Saturday, March 19, 2005, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Morales won by decision after twelve rounds. (AP Photo/R. Marsh Starks)
Manny Pacquiao (R) throws a right jab against a blocking Lehlohonolo Ledwaba during IBF Super Bantamweight Championship bout at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won the bout by way of knockout after 6 rounds. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Lehlohonolo Ledwaba fails to get up as he is counted out after being knocked down by Manny Pacquiao during IBF Super Bantamweight Championship bout at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won the bout by way of knockout after 6 rounds. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, right, lands a right to the head of Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, during their WBO world welterweight fight Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Las Vegas. Marquez won by a knockout. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, left, and Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, trade blows during their WBO world welterweight fight Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, left, knocks down Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, in the third round of their WBO world welterweight fight Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Juan Manuel Marquez, left, of Mexico, takes a punch from Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, in the 12th round of their WBC super featherweight title match at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, Saturday, March 15, 2008. Pacquiao won by split decision after the 12th round. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
WBC lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao, right, throws a right to the body of Oscar De La Hoya during the second round of their welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
This is a Dec. 6, 2008 file photo showing WBC lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao celebrating his victory over Oscar De La Hoya after their welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won by TKO after the end of the 8th round. Pacquiao has been voted fighter of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, Tuesday March 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
April 9, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Manny Pacquiao returns to his corner following his fight against Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
April 9, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Timothy Bradley throws a punch as Manny Pacquiao defends at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Filipino boxing fans celebrate after Manny Pacquiao's victory against Timothy Bradley while watching on a live telecast monitor inside a basketball court in Manila April 10, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Boxer Manny Pacquiao poses after working out ahead of his bout with Tim Bradley, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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